Our Team

Dianna Rievaj Disputes Litigation Lawyer Tantallon Halifax Nova Scotia

DIANNA M. RIEVAJ LLB, MBA

902-826-3070 x101
drievaj@highlanderlaw.ca

Dianna Rievaj, the founder of Highlander Law Group, is also ‘Mom’ to three young kids and a big dog.  She understands that there usually aren’t enough hours in the day or dollars in the bank.  She is always upfront and honest about the potential outcomes and the costs involved.  Dianna’s clients will tell you she takes the time to really understand your goals then bends over backwards to achieve them.  She goes out of her way to make sure you fully understand the process and she doesn’t use fancy legal jargon. 

Dianna has an honours Bachelor of Business degree and an MBA. Her business background allows her to stand in the shoes of her small business clients. She works with her clients to find a workable solution since sometimes the ‘ideal’ solution simply isn’t an option.

Dianna has appeared before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Provincial (Criminal) Court, Small Claims Court, Family Court, Bankruptcy Court, Traffic Court and the NS Labour Board.


Briana O'Grady real estate lawyer Tantallon Halifax, Nova Scotia

Briana C. O'Grady J.D.

902-826-3070 x102

bogrady@highlanderlaw.ca

Briana focuses her practice on Real Estate. She grew up in Bedford, Nova Scotia and has family in both Halifax and the Annapolis Valley. She has a deep connection with Nova Scotia and can appreciate anyone’s goal to make the province home. 

She is also a long time member of the competitive equestrian sport community in Nova Scotia. Her involvement in competitive sport has taught her that hard work yields results. In addition, balancing a busy schedule of sport and work has taught her that time is valuable, and best spent doing the things you love. She will handle your matters efficiently in order to minimize the time you spend dealing with legal matters.


Peter Duke Family Lawyer in Tantallon Halifax Nova Scotia

Peter Duke J.D.

902-826-3070 x105

pduke@highlanderlaw.ca

Peter grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia spending summers in and on beautiful St. Margaret's Bay. A father himself, he shares his fondness of this special area with his family and friends. With over a decade of work as a helping professional, Peter can quickly identify issues in emotionally charged situations, working towards effective resolutions for individuals and families. Peter chose a career in law so that he could really go to bat for people who need help. 

Peter is a Board Member with the Canadian Mental Health Association - NS Division and the Secretary of Bay Rides. Peter has appeared before the Provincial (Criminal) Court, Small Claims Court, and Supreme Court (Family Division) representing clients in a  wide range of family matters including custody, divorce and child protection hearings.

 


Support Systems

To make sure our team has the time to support you, we embrace technology.  During business hours, unless your lawyer is in a meeting or in court, our support staff will be able to reach them.  Our files are all accessible remotely so if something needs to be done in a hurry, even if your lawyer is out of the office, it can be taken care of promptly.  We’re happy to conduct business via email and you can even pay your bill online if that’s your preference.  Our systems also allow us to have client meetings at locations other than our office - we can come to you.  And our ‘electronic’ office is very environmentally friendly since we don’t have to print nearly as much!

Support Staff

We love technology, but we put people first.  Our lawyers are supported by friendly, knowledgeable staff whose number one priority is addressing our clients’ concerns.  The photocopier can wait – your phone calls and emails will always be answered promptly.  We understand that most of the legal process is new to you and that you don’t want to feel like an inconvenience when you call or wait days for an answer to a question about your file.

Paralegal at Halifax Law Firm Highlander Law Group

Shannon Chapman

902-826-3070 x103
schapman@highlanderlaw.ca

Shannon is the friendly voice or smiling face who will greet you when you contact Highlander Law Group.  Shannon graduated from Saint Mary's University in 2013, where she was a member of the Women's Basketball team for 4 years. She decided to pursue her studies further and complete her Paralegal diploma. 

Shannon is a Tantallon native and excited to use her Paralegal skills to support the community where she was raised.

Referral Team

No one lawyer is an expert in all areas of the law (and if you find one who says they are; they’re likely stretching the truth).  At Highlander, we are more concerned with helping our clients get the best legal support available than in making a quick dollar taking every case that comes in our door.  As a result, we’ve built relationships with lawyers in Halifax who focus their practice on some of the more specialized areas of law.  After meeting with you, if we feel you would be better served by working with one of these lawyers, we’ll help you transfer your file to one of them.     

Area of Law Lawyer Name Law Firm
Français Suzanne Robichaud Scotia Law Inc.
Aboriginal Natalie Clifford Clifford Shiels
Marine/Environmental Sarah Shiels Clifford Shiels
Tax Planning Corinne Boudreau O'Keefe Law
Bankruptcy Tim Hill Boyne Clarke
Disability Income Claims David Brannen Resolute Legal
Criminal Trevor McGuigan Serbu McGuigan
Immigration Morgan Hicks Farrow Law