Areas of Law

 

The Esquega Law Office provides legal services in many areas of civil and commercial law including but not limited to:

INDIGENOUS LEGAL ISSUES (Aboriginal Law)

Extensive experience in advising First Nation Bands, organizations, and commercial entities on a wide range of issues ranging from governance matters to corporate issues.  Etienne routinely advises clients on their historical claims against the governments and industry due to claims arising from the unlawful trespassing and taking of resources and has experience with the specific claims process.

We have also assisted many First Nation clients with negotiating and implementing their energy, mining, and forestry deals.

We provide advice in the following areas of Indigenous Legal Issues (Aboriginal Law):

  • Band governance - general counsel legal advice
  • Treaty Right claims and defences
  • Duty to consult and accommodation advice
  • Corporate and taxation advice
  • Limited Partnerships and Joint Ventures
  • Business and Settlement Trust advice
  • Employment Law

Corporate and Commerical

We also assist clients with commercial matters such as: preparing contracts, incorporations, joint ventures, limited partnerships, shareholder agreements, creation of trusts, debt collection, and commercial liens.

Civil LITIGATION Matters

We represent clients before various courts, tribunals, and other administrative bodies on a wide range of civil litigation issues such as:  legal issues concerning Aboriginal rights, estate disputes, taxation, bankruptcy matters, debt collection, commercial disputes, construction law, forestry liens, storage liens, wrongful dismissal, human rights, criminal injuries compensation procedures, and coroner’s inquests.

Etienne Esquega was counsel to the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council in the 7 First Nation Youth Inquest that concluded in 2016 and resulted in 145 recommendations aimed at making the situation safer for First Nation kids who have to attend school in Thunder Bay. The inquest was said to be one of the largest First Nation specific inquests in the history of Ontario.

Employment Law

We also routinely advise clients on employment law matters and have experience in handling such matters before the courts, the human rights tribunals, and employment tribunals.