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.
Jennifer was thrilled to bring her established family law practice to Fall River Law in 2021.
With extensive court experience as well as a broad range of training in negotiation and out of court dispute resolution, Jennifer offers a number of process options to her clients. Jennifer listens to her clients and helps them to choose the process best suited to their needs and circumstances.
Jennifer is an experienced litigator, appearing at the Supreme Court (Family Division), Provincial Family Courts, Small Claims Court, and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.
Jennifer also offers mediation and collaborative family law services. Through these processes Jennifer strives to help her clients avoid the stress and uncertainty of an adversarial court process that puts the decision in someone else’s hands.
No matter the process, Jennifer works with her clients to help them achieve reasonable and efficient outcomes at a difficult time in their lives.
Jennifer is also the mother of 3 active boys and enjoys spending time with her family, as well as her extensive work on a number of boards and committees.
Jennifer is a current Board Director with the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission, a member of the Supreme Court Family Division Liaison Committee, past member of the Children and Family Services Committee, an active member of the Canadian Bar Association, current Treasurer of The Association of Collaborative Family Law Professionals of Nova Scotia., and past co-chair of the Women’s Forum (CBA NS Branch), recipient of the 2018 Section Award of Excellence.
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.
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.
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.
Denise Keyworth joined the Fall River Law family in February 2021, after moving back to Nova Scotia from Newfoundland. in October 2020, to be closer to her family. Her current position as Legal Property Assistant to two lawyers, focuses mainly on residential real estate transactions.
Denise started her working career as an accounting clerk in the banking industry.
After almost 17 years in the banking industry (Accounting & Mortgage Admin), Denise switched career paths and started working as a legal assistant with Bob Hines/Plaza Law Office, in Lower Sackville, NS.
Denise has worked in the legal industry (in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland) for almost 28 years. She has gained a wealth of experience in residential real estate transactions (including sales, purchases, mortgage refinancing and migrations); wills and estates; bookkeeping and office management. Denise also gained some experience in areas of family and labour law.
Denise was born in England and spent her early teens around horses. In 1974, her family immigrated to Canada and settled in the community of Cole Harbour, NS.
In early 2013, Denise moved to Mount Pearl, NL, to be with her now common-law spouse, Joe, where she remained for close to 8 years.
Denise and Joe currently reside in Cole Harbour and enjoy spending time with her mom and catching up with other family members and friends. In her limited spare time, Denise likes to play computer games and catch up on some reading.
Property & Estates Assistant
Happily Retired as of April 2021
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.
Our office mascot, Ruddy, is an 8 year mixed Maltese pup who was rescued by Barb in June 2020.
He loves to put on a good show of “protecting his girls” by barking and making a fuss whenever anyone comes to the door of the Fall River Law offices, but he really loves people and usually ends up asleep in someone’s lap before long.