Members of Clayton Law Office
There are four members of the firm.

Darrin Clayton
B.A. (HONS), J.D. (Juris Doctor) LL.B
Darrin was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario, north of Toronto and has been practicing Family Law in Ottawa for over 20 years. He moved to Ottawa in 1985 where he attended Carleton University. He graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Highest Honours with a Concentration in Criminology. He attended Law School at Queen’s University from 1990 to 1993.

Darrin articled at a large firm in downtown Ottawa. After his call to the Bar he worked for a small firm Lyon and Rick. He opened his own practice in October of 1999.

Darrin practices exclusively in the area of Family Law. He is a member of the local law association - the County of Carleton Law Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada (body that governs lawyers) and the Collaborative Law Network (Ottawa Collaborative Family Law Association).

Rachel Clayton

Rachel is the senior legal assistant and the office manager. Rachel and Darrin were married in 1993. No, Darrin did not marry his secretary. Rachel and Darrin were dating for many years before either decided they would make a career in law. Rachel attended the Legal Assistant Program at Algonquin College. She graduated in 1989. She has been working in the field every since. She has been working with Darrin since he opened his own practice in 1999. She has over 25 years of experience.

There has been some discussion in the profession lately about whether paralegals should be permitted to practice in the area of family law. At present this is not permitted - unless the paralegal is working under the direction of a lawyer.

Rachel do
es a lot of substantive work at the office. She prepares the first draft of a separation agreement, court application and assists with financial disclosure. This is a real competitive advantage of the firm as there are two people that clients can talk to about their file and Rachel’s services are offered at a lower rate.

Jessica Montpellier is completing her articling requirements with Clayton Law Office prior to being call to the Bar as a practising lawyer in Ontario.   She is assisting in all areas including disclosure requirements, drafting, client meetings and certain levels of court appearances.  She can be reached at extension 215. 

We then have three excellent support staff who will be sharing duties over the next several months:

 -  Vanessa Wilson

 Catherine Nuttall

-   Marguerite Wilson

 Together, our law clerks are available to provide assistance with scheduling, processing of account or retainer payment, file information, status of court documents, as well as file management (i.e. correspondence in/out, listing all documents, etc.).  They are also an excellent point of contact.    Vanessa and/or Catherine can be reached at extension 213 and Marguerite can be reached by pressing 0.

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Clayton Law Office 2571 Carling Avenue, Suite 207 Ottawa, Ontario K2B 7H7. Telephone: (613) 596-2424