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Dana J. Nelko

Dana J. Nelko

TEL: (204) 957 8320

FAX: (204) 954 0320


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Sherry Cutting

TEL: (204) 956 2970 ext. 236


"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 is a partner of Fillmore Riley LLP and 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 2012/2018. 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)


  • Author, "The Impact of Privacy Law including PIPEDA on Civil Litigation" (Law Society of Manitoba, Continued Professional Development Program, April 2004)
  •  Author, "Personal Information Protection and Documents Act" (PIPEDA) An Overview (Manitoba Insurance Brokers, October 2003)
  • Co-Author, "The Impact of PIPEDA on Manitoba Businesses" (Manitoba Business, December 2003)
    • Author, The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and The Civil Litigation Process (Law Society of Manitoba, November 2003)

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)