Kathleen Scott Preston


Kathleen Scott Preston practices in the areas of corporate and commercial transactions, real estate, and wills and estates. In her real estate practice, Kathleen can assist from initial negotiations to the final closing, and frequently is involved in the review of new build construction agreements, refinancing transactions, and lease reviews. In her corporate practice, Kathleen is well-versed in assisting small businesses, and works with accountants on everything from incorporations, dissolutions, and corporate transactions, to updating and maintaining minute books. Should you require drafting or review of wills and powers of attorney, Kathleen will be able to assist as well.

Kathleen holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, and graduated from the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University in 2014 where she volunteered as a caseworker for Queen’s Legal Aid and Pro Bono Students Canada. She was a summer and articling student with the firm prior to being called to the Ontario Bar in 2015.

Representative Work

  • Kathleen regularly assists clients with the purchase, sale, and refinancing of residential homes and condominiums, in addition to the acquisition, sale and operation of multi-residential complexes and commercial properties.
  • In consultation with accountants, Kathleen assists corporate clients with incorporations, dissolutions, and sale of business transactions.
  • Together with senior counsel, Kathleen has represented clients on the sale of construction companies, long-term care facilities, the reorganization of a keynote Ottawa real estate development, and in land development portfolios in rural Ottawa.  

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association

When she’s not in the office

Kathleen is an avid hockey fan and outdoor sports enthusiast. When not in the office, she can be found cycling or skiing the trails of Gatineau Park, or enjoying time out on the water with her family.

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.