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Tierney Stauffer
1600 Carling Ave,
Ottawa Ontario,
Phone:  (613) 728-8057

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About Tierney Stauffer LLP

Tierney Stauffer is recognized as one of Ottawa’s leading mid-size law firms. Even though we have grown over the years. we are grounded in the essence of “who” we are and “where” we started. Having grown from a small, family-run law firm, we understand the importance of family, hard-work, and dedication. Our focus remains to work hard for the success of our clients and the firm, and to provide excellence in legal service.

Tierney Stauffer LLP’s roots go back to 1982 when our Managing Partner, Stephen Tierney, opened his law practice in Ottawa. Stephen’s brother Frank joined him in 1983, and their brother Dana entered the practice in 1986. In 1989, Ian Stauffer, a former classmate of Frank’s, left another firm to join the Tierney brothers, and Tierney Stauffer LLP was born.

What started as a small, family-run law firm has grown and flourished in the community for the last 29 years. The firm consists of 21 respected and talented lawyers who possess outstanding educational and community service backgrounds and have a wealth of experience in representing a diverse client base in virtually every substantive area of the law.

Practice Area

Administrative Law Practice Group

Our administrative law lawyers have successfully represented clients before boards, agencies and tribunals at the municipal, provincial, and federal level. They have substantial experience with the judicial, quasi-judicial and administrative processes of these bodies.

Our lawyers have acted as Counsel in numerous court cases representing our client’s interests in judicial review proceedings, statutory appeals from decisions of administrative bodies, and at public inquiries.

In particular, our Partner, Ian R. Stauffer, has appeared before numerous Tribunals for more than 25 years. He has served as Commission Counsel to the Somalia Inquiry from 1995 through 1997. Most recently, Ian was counsel to the Commissioner of the Cornwall Public Inquiry. He has sat on Boards, including the Legal Aid Area Committee and the County of Carleton Board of Trustees.

Overall, our administrative law lawyers have appeared before many administrative boards and tribunals, including the:

  • Alcohol and Gaming Commission
  • Canada Pension Review Tribunal
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
  • Financial Services Commission
  • Human Rights Commission.
  • Immigration Appeal Tribunal
  • Ontario Municipal Board
  • Pension Appeals Board
  • Social Benefits Tribunal
  • Tax Court of Canada
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Trbunal

Business Law Practice Group

Tierney Stauffer LLP’s business law lawyers provide expertise in all facets of business law to individuals, sole proprietors, partners, corporations and financial institutions.

We provide our clients with the legal framework within which businesses are created and organized as well as business advisory services on how business should be conducted.

Our lawyers offer personalized service for specific legal matters. We also offer legal team expertise for our clients’ more complex legal matters.

Our experienced team provides a full scope of legal services to enable our clients to successfully build, structure and manage their business. Our clients rely on us to provide them with a responsive and practical support in the following business law areas:

Corporate and Commercial Law:

  • Acquisition and disposition of businesses - Assets and Shares
  • Alcohol and Gaming Commission Issues
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Business succession planning
  • Charities
  • Commercial Landlord and Tenant Issues and Leasing
  • Employment Agreements
  • Financing and commercial real estate
  • Franchising
  • Incorporations and Re-Organizations
  • Liquor License Applications, Transfers, Renewals, Endorsements and Amendments
  • Not-For-Profit corporations
  • Partnership agreements
  • Partnership issues
  • Professional corporations
  • Shareholders’ agreements
  • Shareholders´ rights and remedies
  • Supply and Services Contracts

Employment Law Practice Group

Our employment law lawyers have extensive experience representing employer and employee clients in both the private and public sectors. They bring a sense of compassion and enthusiasm to every case and are committed to helping their clients through very stressful and difficult situations. Their depth of experience and expertise, along with their superb reputation for customer service and professional excellence ensures that each case is provided with their undivided attention to ensure a successful result.

  • We assist clients at every stage of the employment relationship, including:
  • Constructive Dismissal
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment standards
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Harassment
  • Human resources policies
  • Human rights
  • Independent Contractors
  • Job classification
  • Layoff
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Pay Equity
  • Pension and benefits
  • Pregnancy and Parental Leave
  • Recruitment and hiring
  • Retirement compensation arrangements
  • Security clearance
  • Stock options
  • Taxation
  • Workplace policies
  • Workplace safety and insurance
  • Wrongful Dismissal

Personal Injury Lawyers

The personal injury lawyers at Tierney Stauffer LLP have specialized in personal injury for over 25 years. We offer services in the following areas:

  • Accident Benefits claims arising from Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Assault and battery injuries
  • Brain, spinal, and neurological injuries
  • Catastrophic injuries and wrongful death from motor vehicle accidents and other causes
  • Claims against municipalities for injuries on municipal property and roads
  • Claims against taverns, golf clubs, arenas, schools, institutions and other public facilities where injuries are caused by management failing to provide a safe environment
  • Claims for injuries caused by defective consumer products, vehicles, equipment and buildings
  • Claims for insurance benefits, health and disability benefits, including life insurance claims
  • Injuries from attacks by dogs and other animals
  • Medical and dental malpractice claims
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Slip and fall and trip and fall injuries


If You’ve Been Injured or are Suffering from a Serious Illness:

We recognize and appreciate that for anyone that has suffered a personal injury, going through the process of understanding your legal rights can be extremely overwhelming. Our dedicated team of lawyers, law clerks and legal assistants provide our clients and their families with caring, comprehensive professional legal services in order to help you through this process. Our goal is to assist you in navigating your way to a fair and equitable resolution to your claim.

We understand that our clients who have suffered serious injuries or illnesses are usually under great financial stress. For this reason, we are able to offer a free consultation and if we agree to take on your case, will work for you on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that we only get paid if we recover money for you. Our fees are calculated as a percentage of the total amounts recovered. The percentage that is applicable to each client’s case is discussed fully before we start and is set out in writing in our Retainer Agreement, which includes an example of how the fee is calculated. Furthermore, if you are unable to come to our office due to the nature of your injuries or illness, we will make a hospital or home visit.

There are time limits to all claims and any delay in proceeding may be subject to a deadline so you should not delay in proceeding with your claim or obtaining legal advise to clarify these deadlines. Choosing a lawyer who specializes in the area of personal injury is critical, so please call one of our personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

Family Law Practice Group

Our family law lawyers have extensive experience in advising and representing clients in all areas of family law.

Our lawyers are dedicated to assisting our clients in a cost-effective and timely manner. We also recognize the emotional impact which these matters may have and thus we pride ourselves in our client-focused approach.

We believe that a negotiated settlement, obtained either through negotiation or mediation, often results in the best and most cost-effective resolution for our clients. However, if such a settlement is not possible, we are strong advocates and we are very capable and willing to represent our clients successfully in court.

We offer a broad range of services including the following:

  • Arbitration
  • Child Custody and Access
  • Child Support
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Marriage Contracts and Cohabitation Agreements
  • Mediation
  • Property Division
  • Separation Agreements
  • Spousal Support

Real Estate Law Practice Group

Our real estate lawyers have over 70 years combined experience and it is our goal to provide to you timely service in an efficient and cost effective manner.

Whether it is the purchase of your first house, the acquisition of a retail mall or the purchase of an office building our real estate team is ready to assist.

We utilize advanced software and technical systems including electronic registration and direct transfer of funds to complete transactions throughout the Province of Ontario.

Our clients include individuals, corporations, private lenders, financial institutions, non-profit organization, mortgage brokers, and real estate agents.

We provide real estate services in the following areas:

Residential Real Estate:

  • Arms-Length RRSP Loans
  • Estate conveyancing
  • Leasing
  • Lease to Own
  • Multi-unit residential
  • Newly Constructed/Resale
  • Private Mortgages
  • Purchases
  • Refinancings
  • Sales
  • Severances/minor variances/zoning changes
  • Single family homes/Town homes/condominiums
  • Title Insurance
  • Trust transfers

Commercial Real Estate:

  • Arms length RSP Loans
  • Development Work
  • Leasing
  • Mortgage Loans
  • New Ventures/Joint Ventures
  • Purchases
  • Refinancing
  • Sales
  • Severances/minor variances/zoning changes
  • Title insurance
  • Trust Transfers

Wills, Estates,Trusts Planning & Administration Practice Group

Our wills, estates, trusts planning and administration lawyers offer a wide variety of services from the preparation of typical Wills and Powers of Attorney to the most complex tax planning and estates planning on behalf of high wealth individuals.

Our lawyers’ extensive experience in estate planning, administration and litigation is well known and respected throughout the community. We are able to offer our clients the benefit of working closely together to ensure that our planning advice addresses all issues that could be raised in a challenge to your plan. Our litigation work draws upon a thorough understanding of the planning process.

We offer services in the following areas:

  • Adult Guardianship – Incapacity Planning
  • Canada Pension Plan issues
  • Constructive Trust Claims
  • Contested Wills and Trusts
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning for Business Owners
  • Estate Litigation
  • Estate Mediation and Arbitration
  • Life Insurance Trusts
  • Old Age Security Applications and issues
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Probate and Administration of Estates
  • Probate Tax Avoidance and Planning
  • Property Transfers and Estate Conveyancing
  • Trustee Disputes
  • Trusts
  • Wealth Management
  • Wills Drafting
  • Wills Variation

Civil Litigation Practice Group

Our civil litigation lawyers have achieved significant successful results in numerous matters, acting on behalf of our own clients, and as Litigation Counsel to various law firms in other parts of Ontario. Our Civil Litigation Practice Group is respected as a professional, tenacious, and assertive team who are experienced in a wide variety of matters and skilled in the resolution of complex problems.

Our lawyers have appeared before all Courts of Ontario including the:

  • Provincial Court
  • Superior Court
  • Court of Appeal
  • Federal Court
  • Supreme Court of Canada

They have also appeared before many administrative boards and tribunals, including the:

  • Alcohol and Gaming Commission
  • Canada Pension Review Tribunal
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
  • Financial Services Commission
  • Human Rights Commission.
  • Immigration Appeal Tribunal
  • Ontario Municipal Board
  • Pension Appeals Board
  • Social Benefits Tribunal
  • Tax Court of Canada
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal

The priority of our civil litigation lawyers is to enable our clients to achieve a successful resolution in a timely and cost-effective manner. Our lawyers are experienced in the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques and they employ strategies and processes at each stage of a client’s case to achieve a successful negotiated resolution. However, where the interests of our clients cannot be achieved through a negotiated resolution, our litigators are intelligent and energetic advocates regardless of the forum – either with the courts, administrative bodies, or private arbitration.

We represent Plaintiffs and Defendants in all litigation matters, including:

  • Accident benefits
  • Brain injury claims
  • Canada Pension appeals
  • Catastrophic injury claims
  • Class actions
  • Commercial disputes
  • Commercial landlord and tenant disputes
  • Construction lien matters
  • Contractual disputes
  • Disability insurance claims
  • Estate litigation
  • Franchise litigation
  • Insurance law
  • Medical malpractice
  • Motor vehicle accident claims
  • Nursing home neglect
  • Occupiers liability
  • Personal injury
  • Real estate and mortgage litigation
  • Sexual assault
  • Shareholder and partnership matters
  • Wrongful dismissal and employment claims
  • WSIB claims and appeals


Whether we are serving a large company or an individual, and whether the matter is simple or complex, our Civil Litigation Practice Group strives to find practical solutions and to provide services that are professional, courteous and responsive.

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