Our Firm


Rasmussen Starr Ruddy (RSR) is a highly respected, Ottawa-based multi-service and multi-discipline law firm with experience handling complex issues for both business and personal clients. We are committed to effectively advancing the interests of our clients.

The RSR team includes some of the premier litigation lawyers in Eastern Ontario, providing extensive trial, appellate and dispute resolution expertise.

RSR is committed to good corporate citizenship.  Our lawyers are active members of major law associations, and contribute both time and resources in support of local causes.


Our lawyers represent clients in the construction sector, real estate, business and corporate/commercial law, professional liability, labour/employment law and commercial litigation. We provide services in family law, and wills and estates, as well as personal injury and insurance related matters.


If you feel that your experience, expertise, and career ambition would be a good fit for the RSR team, please contact us at careers@rsrlaw.ca.




Rasmussen Starr Ruddy is committed to developing and maintaining programs which enable students to experience a variety of specialties while pursuing their own interests in a particular area of practice.

We hire one second-year summer student, and one or two articling students each year. RSR does not have a formal rotation system, but does allow students to work in all of the firm’s practice areas during their summer or articling term. We encourage our students to develop decision-making skills and assume progressively greater responsibility, and we help them develop the practical skills required to become respected members of the Bar. We take our commitment to our students very seriously, and consider every student a potential future member of our firm.


RSR students are assigned a mentor to ensure they are receiving feedback on their progress and appropriate, well-rounded experience. Our mentors consult with the students on a regular basis to address any concerns and provide opportunities for career growth.



Students gain civil litigation experience with an emphasis on insurance, construction, business and corporate/commercial law, labour/employment, construction liens, and wills and estates.  Students assist RSR’s litigators with the preparation and drafting of documents and pleadings, attending motions, meeting with clients and witnesses in preparation for trials, and attending examinations for discovery, trials and appeals. Students undertake all Small Claims Court matters under the supervision of more senior lawyers, and appear on certain motions in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.


While assisting lawyers in the Business and Corporate, Real Estate, and Wills & Estates areas, students are involved in all aspects of transactions. They meet with clients, draft wills and powers of attorney, draft articles of incorporation and related documentation, assist in the purchase and sale of businesses and the inter-generational transfer of businesses. Students also draft and review agreements, draft and answer requisitions, prepare closing documents, and attend the closing of transactions.


We review the salary of our students annually to ensure that it is competitive.  The level of responsibility afforded to our students reflects directly on their initiative and capabilities. Articling students are covered under the firm’s group health, medical, and dental insurance plans at no cost to the student, and are entitled to vacation in accordance with the Law Society of Ontario guidelines during their articling term. The firm also pays our articling student’s tuition for the Bar Admission Course and provides two weeks of paid study time for Bar Admission exam preparation.


We encourage all firm members to participate in community and various firm social activities, including our annual winter and summer parties. RSR also participates annually in the Ottawa Construction Association Golf Tournament.



RSR follows the Ottawa Summer Recruitment Process as established with the Law Society of Ontario. Information on current Summer Student Positions can be found on the viLawPortal.


In accordance with the guidelines established by the Law Society of Ontario, RSR conducts articling interviews after students have completed final examinations in their second year of law school.


Rasmussen Starr Ruddy has always looked to its students as the primary source of new lawyers for the firm.


Students wishing to apply for summer or articling positions should forward a covering letter detailing their experience and why they would like to work at RSR, a resume, transcripts of all completed post-secondary courses, and references. All applications are to be submitted through the viLawPortal.
Barristers and Solicitors
Attention: Chairperson, Student Recruitment
660 - 1600 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1Z 1G3
For more information,
please contact
Nadia Authier
P (613) 232-1830 ext 226
E nja@rsrlaw.ca
Kathleen Scott Preston
P (613) 232-1830 ext 227
E ksp@rsrlaw.ca

I have referred several people to Melody MacDonell over the years. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional and efficient. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend anyone at Rasmussen Starr Ruddy.

— Dawna Christy

A big thank you to Melody and her staff. Melody is straight forward and knows her stuff. Although going through a separation is hard, I was very confident things would work out in my favor. And they did. Looking forward to the next new chapter to begin. Thanks again Melody.

— Kristina Dowsley

I don’t know what I would have done without them. You may not remember every word they say, but you’ll never forget how they make you feel.

— Judy Everson

Their personal skills are great: they’re very easy to deal with. I question a lot and they’re very accommodating.

— Donna Lea Andrews, Andrews Brothers Construction (Ottawa) Ltd.

I like the fact that I can pick up the phone and talk to my lawyer, not an assistant. Other firms are getting too big to provide personal service.

— Ken Crawford, C&M Electric

They have a clear understanding of our business and are very responsive. The partners are well respected among their peers.

— Jonathan Westeinde, Windmill Developments

They’re prompt, intelligent, give good advice, and charge reasonable rates.

— Stan Neathery, Integrating Solutions Inc.