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Stephen Kelly

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Canada - ON
Mediation Profile

Steve Kelly is a partner at Kelly Santini LLP in Ottawa, Canada. He has practised in the area of civil litigation for over 25 years, with particular focus on commercial disputes, personal injury, property damage, estates litigation, employment and intellectual property disputes.

Steve has been at the forefront of alternative dispute resolution in the province of Ontario since conducting his first mediation in 1992. Since then he has conducted over 1,000 mediations. He was an original member of the panel of mediators connected with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and served as Vice-Chair with the License Appeal Tribunal and the Commercial Registration Appeal Tribunal. He is a mediator with the Ottawa Police Service – Voluntary Conflict Resolution Program and an arbitrator with the Builders’ Arbitration Forum, Ontario New Home Warranty Program.

Steve works to provide a focus and structure to the negotiations which encourages active participation and dialogue between the parties. His considerable mediation experience provides him the insight needed to know when to step in and when to stay out of the way. As an experienced litigator, Steve will challenge the parties to re-evaluate their positions on contentious issues and to consider the potential outcomes if the dispute is settled via the Courts. Steve provides opinions when requested and shares his own creative recommendations to encourage settlement.
Construction Employment Estates Intellectual Property General commercial Personal Injury Real Estate

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• Chartered Mediator with the ADR Institute of Canada Inc.
• Arbitration member with the ADR Institute of Ontario
• Accredited mediator with the International Mediation Institute

Training and Education

• Certified in Advance Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Windsor, 1997
• Advanced Commercial Mediation Training, Canadian Dispute Resolution Corporation, 1995
• Mediation Training, Canadian Dispute Resolution Corporation, 1993

Steve is a regular lecturer and seminar leader in the Mediation Program at the University of Ottawa Law School and the Negotiation Program of the Bar Admission Course for the Law Society of Upper Canada.


As a chartered member of the ADR Institute of Canada Inc., Steve is bound by their rules of professional conduct. Full details of the Code can be found at

Steve is subject to the complaints and discipline policy of the ADR Institute of Canada Inc. Full details of the policy can be found at

Kelly Santini LLP’s excess E&O insurance has a 10 million dollar limit.

Stephen Kelly
613 238 6321
613 233 4553
Kelly Santini LLP
160 Elgin St., Suite 2401
K2P 2P7