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
Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association, Alberta North Administrative Law Executive
Member at large
Edmonton Community Legal Clinic (Immigration/Civil)
Day Clinic Lawyer