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As home to the firm’s regulatory practices, there’s always something interesting happening here

Ottawa occupies a unique position in the Canadian economic landscape. Our national capital is the centre of our federal regulatory and bureaucratic sector, and Stikeman Elliott is right in the middle of it. Members of our Ottawa office counsel clients on the regulatory aspects of headline-generating deals, litigate precedent-setting cases and advise leading national and international corporations on the impact of Canada’s regulatory framework on their businesses.

The core practice groups you will engage with include all aspects of federal regulatory law including intellectual property, competition, government procurement, public policy, and international trade.

Our litigation practice is weighted to regulatory matters, with a particular focus on intellectual property and public law litigation. As a member of the Ottawa office, you will also be regularly involved in matters for clients operating in federally regulated commercial sectors, such as telecommunications, broadcasting, transportation, and energy, as well as activities (such as packaging and labelling) that are subject to food and drug administration regulations.

You won’t just hear about our work for international clients – you’ll be doing it

If international exposure is one of your interests, you’ll be excited about the opportunities here. As Canada’s leading firm for international business, we are always handling a variety of interesting international matters, including high-profile cross-border and multinational deals.

Stikeman Elliott’s vision has been international since the firm’s earliest days. In fact, we opened our first international office (London, 1969) before we opened our second Canadian office (Toronto, 1971). Furthermore, we built this international presence ourselves, not by merging with a global firm or scooping up smaller regional players. Stikeman Elliott was the first Canadian firm to open offices in London, New York and Australia. We also have extensive ties to clients in Europe, South America, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region, and we are deeply proud of our reputation as the "go to" Canadian firm for international business.

This grassroots experience with international clients, combined with our focus on regulatory matters, means that students in the Ottawa office are regularly involved in matters that originate outside of Canada.