Fay K. Brunning

Lawyer, Practicing in Association

Indian Residential School IAP Claims; Whistleblower Litigation; Employment Law; Disability Litigation; Health Discipline Defence; Plaintiff Personal Injury Litigation pertaining to sexual abuse


T: 613-237-0520 x265 F: 613-237-3163
Called To The Bar: 1989


Syd Williams
T: 613-237-0520 x271

Fay is a sole practitioner and civil litigation lawyer, having articled and practiced law in Ottawa since 1987.  She is currently practicing in association with Williams Litigation Lawyers as of January 1, 2016, and  provides legal advice/representation in the following areas:

Indian Residential School IAP Claims:  Fay represents and assists aboriginal Canadians who were sexually and/or physically abused as children in the mandatory residential school systems operated by the federal government and religious organizations. Most of Fay’s clients are from the James Bay region of Ontario, having attended St. Anne’s IRS or Bishop Horden IRS.

The IAP work includes bringing applications to the Court on behalf of IAP claimants; the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has jurisdiction to supervise/enforce/interpret the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA).

Fay is also filing applications for re-hearings to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, on behalf of former students of St. Anne’s IRS, whose IAP legal rights have been violated by the Federal Government of Canada and the Catholic Church entities that operated St. Anne’s IRS.  The violations arise from non-disclosure of evidence about widespread abuse at that IRS, without prior judicial authority to do so. 

Whistleblower Litigation:  Legal representation and civil actions for public servants at municipal, provincial and/or federal levels of government, particularly regulated health professionals.

Employment Law:  Independent legal advice/representation of employees in relation to termination of employment, workplace investigations, human rights complaints.  Wrongful dismissal litigation. 

Disability Litigation:  Appeals and civil litigation arising from private or workplace disability insurance policies (Excluding WSIB claims / appeals).

Health Discipline Defence: Representation of regulated health professionals before his/her respective College, Appeal Board and other related civil proceedings.

Plaintiff Personal Injury Litigation pertaining to sexual abuse:  victim advice and representation.

In the past, Fay practiced civil litigation with Scott & Aylen (1987 to 2000), Borden Ladner Gervais (2000 to 2007) and Sack Goldblatt Mitchell (2008 to 2014).   Since 2008, she has focused her practice solely to providing legal advice and representation to individuals and public interest groups. Fay strives to facilitate access to justice for individuals and public interest groups, some times to address social justice issues and promote legal reform projects.   

Fay grew up in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan and attended Carleton University (B.A. 1982) and Queens University Law School (L.L.B. 1987).  Fay is married to Eric R. Williams of Williams Litigation Lawyers and she has two sons, a step-son and a step-daughter.

Fay has been very active in legal organizations devoted to ensuring proper administration of justice and in various organizations in the Ottawa community since 1987.  In 2011, the Law Society of Upper Canada awarded Fay the “Laura Legge Award” which is intended to honour leadership by Women Lawyers in the Legal Profession.  In 2011, Fay was the recipient of “Leading Women Building Communities” from the Government of Ontario.  In 1980, Fay was awarded “Saskatchewan Junior Citizen of the Year”.