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.
Peter Duke J.D.
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.
Amanda Toulany Articled Clerk
Amanda is an Articled Clerk with Highlander. She grew up in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, and attended Saint Mary’s University (BA 2013) and Dalhousie University (JD 2018). Prior to law school, Amanda was a Relocation Adviser to the RCMP with Brookfield Global Relocation Services where she was responsible to guide members through their relocation. She understands the difficulties associated with describing complicated information and is committed to communicating information clearly and concisely with clients.
During her time at the Schulich School of Law Amanda was the President of the Social Committee and the Vice President Student Life of the Law Students' Society. Being a central connection between the students and the administration has also taught her how to be an effective advocate of others.
Amanda speaks French and Arabic in addition to offering services in English, and is is eager to help clients with whatever questions or problems they may have.
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|