Éliane Lachaîne


Certified by the law society as a specialist in civil litigation

Éliane focuses her bilingual legal practice on the full spectrum of personal injury claims, including severe head injury claims and fatality claims. Éliane attended the University of Ottawa, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and then her law degree. She articled with an Ottawa law firm in 2004-2005 and joined the firm as an associate from 2005 to 2013, practicing primarily in personal injury law.

Since January 2014, Éliane practices in her own boutique personal injury firm with partners Colleen Burn and Laurie Tucker at their Ottawa and Hawkesbury offices.

A proud member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), Éliane has authored articles for OTLA’s publication, The Litigator, and was an invited speaker at OTLA conferences. Éliane is a founding member of the organizing committee of the advocacy workshops presented by the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario since 2015. Since 2020, Éliane has been a member of the CCLA’s Planning Committee for the Annual Civil Litigation Conference.

After having volunteered many years for the CALACS, a help centre for sexual assault survivors, Éliane is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Centre Espoir Sophie. Centre Espoir Sophie is the only francophone drop-in centre for marginalized women in Ottawa.

When she is not representing injured victims and their families, Éliane enjoys rock climbing, ice climbing and whitewater kayaking with her husband. She has also completed several marathons and triathlons.

Areas of Practice

  • Bilingual practice: English and French
  • Motor Vehicle Claims
  • Slip and Fall and Other Injury Claims
  • Disability Claims
  • Fatality Claims

Education and Admissions to the Bar

Called to the Bar of Ontario, Canada 2005

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, LL.B., 2003

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, B.A. Social Sciences, 2000

Presentations and Published Works

  •  The New Tort of Family Violence, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), Spring Conference, May 2023, Toronto
  • Co-Chair, Panelist and Moderator; Ateliers annuels de plaidoirie en français, Association des
    juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario, 2015 - Present, Ottawa
  • Member of the planning committee; County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA), Civil Litigation Conferences, 2020 – Present
  • Panelist; The Impact of the Global Pandemic on Access to Justice, Global Alternative Dispute Resolution Strategies, April 2021, Ottawa
  • Presenter; Deduction of Accident Benefits, Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario, June 2019, Sudbury
  • Presenter; Approval of a Settlement Made by a Person Under Disability, County of Carleton Law
    Association (CCLA), Civil Litigation Conference, November 2018, Tremblant (Quebec)
  • Professor; Trial Advocacy, University of Ottawa, Common Law, Fall 2017
  • Co-Chair; Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), Fall Conference, 2017, Toronto
  • Presenter; Meaningful Mediations, Ontario Bar Association (OBA), Young Lawyers Division (East), April 2016, Ottawa
  • Presenter: Examinations for Discovery – Part 1: Discovery of the Plaintiff, Ontario Trial Lawyers
    Association (OTLA), Webinar, April 2016, Ottawa
  • Presenter; How to Advocate Effectively at Mediation, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), New Lawyers’ Division Conference, April 2014, Toronto
  • Presenter; Family Law Act Claims – Distraction or Added Value to a Settlement? Ontario Trial
    Lawyers Association (OTLA), Spring Conference, May 2013, Toronto

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors; Centre Espoir Sophie, 2017 – Present
  • Pro Bono Lawyer; REACH Canada, 2011 – Present
  • Pro Bono Lawyer; Law Help Ontario, 2011 – Present
  • Board of Directors; CALACS Francophone d’Ottawa, 2011 – 2017
  • Volunteer; CALACS Francophone d’Ottawa, 2003 – 2011

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