Orlagh O'Kelly
Orlagh O'Kelly
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Orlagh O'Kelly is an immigration and trial lawyer with extensive experience representing both government and private clients.

As the lead of Field Law's Business Immigration practice, Orlagh offers strategic advice to employers and individuals to create cross-border business and professional opportunities. This includes facilitating temporary or permanent employment or assisting in the transition from permanent residence to citizenship. As the daughter of first-generation immigrants, Orlagh believes in the importance of ensuring global mobility and has a first-hand appreciation of the importance of these applications to her clients.
 
In her immigration practice, she also has an understanding of government processes (including compliance with these processes) from her experience with the Federal Department of Justice in Ottawa and Toronto. During this time, she acted for the Minister on citizenship, work visa, sponsorship, refugee, and humanitarian and compassionate applications as well as inadmissibility rulings, deportation orders, and Labour Market Impact Assessments.
 
If and when necessary, Orlagh is a confident advocate. As a litigator, she maintains a broad practice with a focus on any disputes that arise between government institutions and private entities. Orlagh's clients have included government departments, tribunals, law enforcement agencies, insurers, corporations, professional organizations, First Nations' clients (including band leadership and members) and private individuals on all manners of legal issues.
 
Orlagh has experience with multiple dispute resolution mechanisms, such as mediation and arbitration. She has extensive experience litigating at trial and on appeals and has appeared before all Federal and Ontario levels of Court, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, and the Tax Court of Canada. Additionally, Orlagh has appeared before various administrative tribunals, including the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.
 
Orlagh has successfully represented clients in diverse litigation relating to:

  • Constitutional/Charter challenges
  • Administrative and regulatory decisions
  • Indigenous governance issues
  • Aboriginal Treaty claims
  • Government procurement disputes 
  • International trade rulings(NAFTA, anti-dumping, customs)
  • Employment and human rights adjudications
  • Negligence claims
  • Malicious prosecution/Misfeasance claims

Value to Clients

Clients appreciate Orlagh's ability to cut to the heart of legal issues and explain them precisely. She consistently finds pragmatic solutions to complex problems and is always driving towards optimal outcomes for her clients.

Outside the Office

Orlagh is always running. Whether it be in the river valley on the weekend, or through the city on her way home, or after her three boys once she gets there, Orlagh is in constant motion. Whenever she does sit down, she plays the Celtic harp and the piano, but these days mostly listens to Canada's great homegrown talent. In her previous life, she was a proud member of two varsity swim teams: the University of Toronto (co-captain) and the University of Calgary (national team champions).

Edmonton Bar Association
Member
2019
Canadian Bar Association
Member
2019
Canadian Bar Association, Alberta North Administrative Law Executive
Member at large
2019
Advocate's Society
Member
Edmonton Community Legal Clinic (Immigration/Civil)
Day Clinic Lawyer
1395804 Ontario Ltd. (Blacklock's Reporter) v. Canada (Attorney General), 2017 FCA 185
1395804 Ontario Ltd. (Blacklock's Reporter) v. Canada (Attorney General), 2016 FC 1400
1395804 Ontario Ltd. (Blacklock's Reporter) v. Canada (Attorney General), 2016 FC 1255
Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) v. Runsewe, 2016 FC 974
Vakurov v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2016 FC 859
Canada (Attorney General) v. Tepper, 2016 FC 307
Federal-Mogul Canada Limited v. President of the Canada Border Services Agency, AP-2012-034
Plato v. Canada (National Revenue), 2015 FCA 217
Bri-Chem v. President of the Canada Border Services Agency, AP-2014-017
Evergreen Ecological Services Inc. v. President of the Canada Border Services Agency, AP-2014-027
Southern Pacific Resource Corp. v. President of the Canada Border Services Agency, AP-2014-028
McCready v. Canada (Revenue Agency), 2015 FC 887
Kassian Estate v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 ONCA 544
Andrews v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 FC 780
Plato v. Canada (National Revenue), 2014 FC 1230
Babinski v. Canada (Attorney General), 2014 ONSC 6493
Dorsey v. Canada (Attorney General), 2014 ONSC 6525
Wall v. Canada (Attorney General), 2014 ONSC 6524
Awadh v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2014 FC 521
Plato v Canada Revenue Agency, 2013 FC 348
Ali c. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 FC 335
Kassian Estate v. Canada (Attorney General), 2013 ONSC 892
Lakic v. Canada (Attorney General), 2013 FCA 4
Mohammad v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2013 FC 24
Monterra Lumber Mills, Ltd. v. President of the Canada Border Services Agency, 2012 CanLII 85175
Kassian Estate v. Canada (Attorney General), 2012 ONSC 4951
Curve Distribution Service Inc. v. President of the Canada Border Services Agency, AP-2011-023
Grusas v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2012 FC 733
Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd. v. Canada Border Services Agency, 2012 CanLII 36825
Williams v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2012 FC 119
Zakhour v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2011 FC 1178
Chaaban v. Canada (Correctional Service), 2011 FC 1033
Education
University of Toronto, Trinity College, 2007, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
University of Calgary, 2010, Bachelor of Laws
Admissions
Alberta,2018
Ontario,2011