The John P. Nelligan Award for Excellence in Advocacy


Formerly known as the Ottawa Honouree Dinner, the John P. Nelligan Award for Excellence in Advocacy was established in 2016 to celebrate and acknowledge the outstanding contributions of John P. Nelligan, Q.C., LSM, long-time member and the first Ottawa President of The Advocates’ Society.

John continues to exemplify excellence and a commitment to advocacy. He has held numerous leadership positions in the legal community and for decades has been a committed mentor and teacher of advocacy.

This annual tribute will be presented to an advocate who exemplifies excellence in advocacy and meets the following criteria:
  • Practises advocacy in Ottawa or the surrounding region
  • Has clearly demonstrated distinction as counsel, having made a significant contribution to the profession of law and to the well-being of the community at large
  • Has been a dedicated and active member of The Advocates’ Society
  • Is a current member of The Advocates’ Society and in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada

We are pleased to announce William J. Sammon of Barnes, Sammon LLP is the recipient of the 2019 John P. Nelligan Award for Excellence in Advocacy. The Award will be presented to Mr. Sammon at a special dinner on May 14, 2019.

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Past Recipients
1995 – John P. Nelligan, Q.C., LSM
2002 – F. Allan Huckabone, Q.C.
2004 – Wayne B. Spooner, Q.C. & David Sgayias, Q.C.
2005 – M. James O’Grady, Q.C.
2006 – Greg P. Kelly, Q.C.
2007 – Janice B. Payne
2008 – B. Donald Rasmussen
2009 – Bruce Carr-Harris, LSM
2010 – Brian A. Crane, Q.C.
2011 – Donald B. Bayne
2012 – Robert E. Houston, Q.C.
2013 – Barbara A. McIsaac, Q.C.
2014 - Jacques A. Emond
2015 - Bryan A. Carroll
2016 - Mary Jane Binks, Q.C.
2017 - Allan R. O'Brien
2018 - Peter Hagen