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March 4, 2024

Eric R. Williams awarded The John P. Nelligan Award for Excellence in Advocacy, 2024.

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The Advocates’ Society has just announced that Eric R. Williams of Williams Litigation Lawyers LLP, is the 2024 recipient of The John P. Nelligan Award for Excellence in Advocacy. The award is presented to an advocate from Ottawa and the surrounding region who exemplifies excellence in advocacy. The award will be presented to Eric at the annual Ottawa Honouree Reception and Dinner, starting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9th, 2024, at the Château Laurier. You can view the award criteria and obtain information on tickets here.

Eric Williams is devoted to the law. He founded his own firm in 1978, of which he is now Counsel, and has achieved recognition for his work by being selected and named by his peers as one of the best lawyers in Canada. He has represented clients in all areas of civil and corporate litigation — at every level of Court in Canada—acting as counsel in over 185 civil court trials and appeals.

Drawn to the challenge of complex cases, Eric has a remarkable ability to articulate the connection between the facts and the law. His approach is characterized by diligence, hard work, and a sense of humour. He is regularly referred litigation by other lawyers, particularly in complex matters or appeals.

Since 2006, Eric has been voted by his peers as one of “Canada’s Best Lawyers” in the categories of Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, and Insurance Law. Outside of Canada, his accomplishments as an advocate are also recognized, as he was invited into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2006.

Eric served the Ottawa community as a Deputy Small Claims Court Judge for over 15 years. He also informally acts as a mentor and teacher to lawyers both within and outside the firm on issues of advocacy. Eric is known as a lawyers’ lawyer with a reputation characterized by a high level of professional integrity. Congratulations Eric on this well-deserved recognition!  Those who wish to provide any messages to Eric can do so here.

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