Our Team

Barbara MacLellanBarbara MacLellan
Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public
  (902) 860-1515 Ext 223

A native of Inverness, Cape Breton, Barb MacLellan has been practising law for almost a quarter of a century in real estate, wills and estates and family law. A graduate of St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology and the University of Windsor Ontario Law School, Barb articled with Miller Pate Campbell in Lower Sackville before opening her own practice Fall River Law Office in 1996 with lawyer Patricia Miller.

Barb has been trained in the Collaborative Law model since 2006, which assists couples in resolving potential disputes resulting from their separation in a respectful and compassionate way. In 2013 she decided and openly announced that she would no longer go to court for clients and now calls herself a Collaborative Family Lawyer and mediator.

Barb is the former president of The Association of Collaborative Family Law Professionals of Nova Scotia.

In 2011, Barb was one of the founding members of FRABA, the Fall River & Area Business Association.

Barb served as a long-time board member on the Cobequid Community Health Centre Foundation, has been past Chair of the Board, and continues to support the Planned Giving Committee at the Cobequid Foundation.

Inspired by her personal experience with her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2012 and recognizing the importance of having access to education, support and resources, Barb co-founded the Fall River & Area Alzheimer’s Support Group in 2015.

Barb is an avid sports enthusiast who used to coach the girls’ volleyball team at Lockview High School. She has also been a founding member of the Fall River Fury Volleyball Club in Fall River since 2006.

Barb is a past member of the Co-ed Volleyball Association of Nova Scotia (CVNS) and played volleyball in this league for almost 15 years well as in a senior ladies volleyball league at Mount Saint Vincent University.

An avid sports enthusiast in the community, Barb has always financially supported various sports teams in their efforts to fundraise as well as various volunteer groups and churches in the local community.

Barb opened a second law office in Lower Sackville, Ceilidh Law, always wanting to turn to her “roots” in Sackville as this is where she got her start. You can see the proudly adorned Cape Breton tartan on her sign at 281 Sackville Drive and hopefully Cape Bretoners recognize she is from the west coast of Cape Breton. Ceilidh Law provides all of the services that Fall River Law offers.

HillaryHillary Brannen
  (902) 860-1515 Ext 225

Hillary’s practice focuses mainly on Family Law, Real Estate and Wills and Estates. Born and raised in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Hillary started her legal career on the South Shore of Nova Scotia before joining Fall River Law Office in 2019.

Hillary works closely with her clients to find solutions that work in their unique circumstances, and her primary goal is always to avoid further harm to the family during what is often a very stressful time. Hillary brings the advocacy skills that she has developed while representing clients before the Supreme Court, Family Court, and Small Claims Court to every file, while focusing on realistic and efficient solutions.

When she is not at the office, Hillary enjoys spending time with family and friends and her two cats.

KatieKatie Brady
Articled Clerk
  (902) 860-1515 Ext 225

Katie is a newcomer to the East Coast, but very happy to be here. Katie grew up on a farm in Ontario with a large market garden and various animals. Katie has family that live in and around the Valley and so she came to Nova Scotia once a year and fell in love with the place.  So when she was faced with the choice of where to attend law school Dalhousie won out.

After graduating with her Juris Doctor Dalhousie Law School in 2019, Katie worked at the UN Women Office Belgrade, Serbia as part of the Canadian Bar Society’s Young Lawyers International Program (YLIP).

Katie has returned to Canada and is now an Articled Clerk at Fall River Law.  She has started her training in Collaborative Family Law but is eager to get experience in all areas of law provided by Fall River Law.

In her downtime Katie enjoys quilting, baking and playing board games with friends.

GlendaGlenda Sanford
Executive Assistant
  (902) 860-1515 Ext 224

Glenda Sanford is currently the Executive Assistant to Barb maintaining and managing her calendar schedule at Fall River Law, assisting with family law matters, preparation of wills, and bookkeeping management. Glenda joined the Fall River team in August, 2017. Glenda began her legal assistant career after graduating from Miss Murphy’s Business College in 1986 working in several offices over the years. Glenda has past experience in many areas of private practice which includes family, property, companies, wills, estates, bookkeeping, office management and administration. Glenda has extensive experience working with clients and the public.

Glenda grew up in Enfield where she also raised her own family. She currently resides in Shubenacadie with her husband, Greg.

Glenda looks forward to continue working with Fall River Law and contributing to its future growth and success.

Jo-Ann ParsonsJo-Ann Parsons
Property & Estates Assistant
  (902) 860-1515 Ext 100

Jo-Ann Parsons has thirty-eight years of legal assistant experience in the areas of residential property purchases, sales and mortgages, company incorporations, wills and estates and most recently family law. Jo-Ann graduated from Halifax Regional Vocational School in 1969 with her Secretarial/Office Administration Diploma and in 1972 started her career as a legal assistant gaining experience over the years in various areas of law. Jo-Ann began working at Fall River Law Office in June of 2011, and is looking forward to the challenges ahead.

Jo-Ann grew up in Hammonds Plains, married husband Dennis and settled in Lucasville where they raised two sons.

Jo-Ann enjoys working with clients and assisting with all of their legal issues.