Jennifer Hamilton Upham

Solicitor to the Board of Directors


Jennifer is a co-managing partner of Patterson Law. She advises business clients at various stages of their business life cycle – from start up to a sale or dissolution including incorporations, partnerships, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, tax planned corporate reorganizations, succession planning and wind ups/dissolutions. Business owners and operators turn to Jennifer for support with legal matters related to their operations or strategic growth including contract negotiation, supply agreements, non-disclosure agreements, commercial leasing, financing, and mergers & acquisitions.

Jennifer also assists major Canadian and US law firms in other jurisdictions with Nova Scotia matters, including corporate restructuring, financing and unlimited liability companies. Jennifer acts as recognized agent in Nova Scotia for a number of out of province businesses.

Jennifer also has experience assisting corporate or charitable organizations and their Boards of Directors with corporate governance matters including incorporating societies, obtaining charitable registration, establishing policies, and revising constating documents (such as by-laws). Having acted both as corporate secretary to large international businesses and as director on corporate boards, Jennifer understands first hand the role practical advice can provide in making risk assessments and business decisions.
Jennifer advises individuals on trusts and estate planning including family trusts, tax planned wills, powers of attorney, and personal care directives. In all aspects of her practice, Jennifer’s education and experience with tax planning for business owners allows her to work with clients to minimize taxes where possible.

Jennifer also has unique experience with co-operatives as a member of our Co-operative Law Group.

Jennifer was recognized as a “Leading Lawyer to Watch” in the 2018 Canadian Legal Expert Directory and also was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2020 and 2021 in the practice of Corporate Law.