ABOUT Our LAW Firm
At Highlander Law Group, a law firm with offices in Tantallon (just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia) we embody the characteristics of the Scottish Highlanders: strong work ethic, loyalty and a determination to succeed. The founder of Highlander, Dianna Rievaj, is originally a MacDonald from Antigonish, Nova Scotia – the Highland Heart of Nova Scotia. Like many Nova Scotia families with Scottish descent, the MacDonald’s have strong ties to their Scottish culture.
The Scottish Highlanders were a hard working clan who were fiercely loyal. They didn’t have an easy existence, but they soldiered on with a determined perseverance born of a deeply rooted belief that what they were fighting for was worth it. At Highlander, our lawyers apply the same passion to each file.
DIANNA M. RIEVAJ LLB, MBA
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.
In addition to her law degree Dianna has an honours Bachelor of Business degree from Bishops University and an MBA from Dalhousie University. 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.
As a lawyer in Halifax, Dianna has appeared before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Provincial (Criminal) Court, Small Claims Court, Family Court, Bankruptcy Court, Traffic Court and the Nova Scotia Labour Board.
Briana C. O'Grady J.D.
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. As your lawyer, she will handle your matters efficiently in order to minimize the time you spend dealing with legal matters.
Briana sits on the Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission Licencing Committee.
Mitch Broughton J.D.
Mitch Broughton focuses his practice on Family Law. He is an avid surfer who has travelled Canada coast to coast. He has spent time living in Ontario, British Columbia and the Yukon. He spent 6 months teaching English in Panama before deciding to pursue law. Mitch moved to Nova Scotia in 2014 to attend Dalhousie Law School. He immediately fell in love with the province. Of all the places he has lived and travelled it felt like home. Mitch articled and practiced in Cape Breton before returning to the Halifax area.
Mitch understands that, while the State has no place in the bedroom of the nation, family conflicts can easily get to the point where the law needs to step in. Mitch strives to take a restorative approach to his practice. He helps his clients locate the harm, and create solutions appropriate for each unique case.
Vicki is the friendly voice or smiling face who will greet you when you contact Highlander Law Group.
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!
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|