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Dana J. Nelko

Dana J. Nelko

TEL: (204) 957 8320

FAX: (204) 954 0320


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Tarah Mesher

TEL: (204) 956 2970 ext. 272


"Litigation, especially Estate Litigation, is a stressful time for clients. Those involved need a lawyer who not only understands the law but the clients' needs as well. I work very hard to be that lawyer."

Areas of Focus

Dana practises mainly in the areas of general civil litigation, insurance litigation, estate litigation, and privacy law. He is the Co-Chair of Fillmore Riley LLP's Wills & Estates Practice Group. 

Dana was selected by Benchmark Litigation Canada as a Litigation Star both nationally and in Manitoba in the practice areas of Estate Litigation for the years 2012 to 2021. The selection of lawyers is based on extensive interviews with litigators and their clients.

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Professional Activities

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Manitoba Bar Association
  • Course Instructor, Law Society of Manitoba Bar Admissions Course Civil Litigation 1984 - 1989
  • Law Society of Manitoba Continuing Legal Education Courses

Volunteer Activities

  • Past President, Chair of the Board of Directors, B'nai Brith Community Camp
  • Former Board Member, Rainbow Stage

Publications / Presentations

Dana has presented numerous papers and provided several lectures and seminars to various professional and industry bodies, including:

Power of Attorney

Estate Litigation

Commercial Litigation

  • Author, "When the Family Business Fails" (The Brief Volume 3 Issue 2 Fall 2011)
  • Co-Author & Presenter, “When the Family Business Fails” (Estate Planning Council of Winnipeg, November 1, 2010)
  • Author, "Remedies on Default Advising Landlords Selected Issues" (Law Society of Manitoba, Continued Professional Development Program, November 2003)
  • Chair, Family Owned Businesses; Dealing with Disputes (April 1998) >
  • Author, "The Dissenting Shareholder and the Fair Value Action" (Law Society of Manitoba, Continued Professional Development Program, January 12, 1995
  • Author, "Injunction in the Debtor/Creditor Context" (Law Society of Manitoba, Continued Professional Development Program, April 1991)

General Litigation

  • Chair, Manitoba Bar Association Mid-Winter Convention, The Class Proceedings Act (February 2003)
  • Author, Recent Insurance Law Developments in Manitoba of The Class Proceedings Act (Insurance Industry Seminar, March 2003)
  • Author and Presenter, Search and Seizure in the Administrative Law Context (Isaac Pitblado Lectures on Evidence Recent Developments and Directions, November, 1987)