Nimali Gamage

BA (Windsor), LB (Ottawa), Certificate in Elder Law (Osgoode), Law Society of Ontario

Nimali Gamage joined Jan Goddard as an associate in 2002 and became partners in Goddard Gamage LLP in 2012. Ms. Gamage has practiced exclusively in the areas of estates, trusts and guardianship law since 2002 and has become a leader in Ontario in the niche area related to Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) benefits. She has had a long-held interest in issues relating to health, disability and aging.

Prior to joining Goddard Gamage LLP, Ms. Gamage worked with the Walkerton Commission of Inquiry for former Associate Chief Justice Dennis O’Connor.

Ms. Gamage’s practice at Goddard Gamage includes both litigation and solicitor’s work and has a special focus on guardianship, power of attorney issues, elder law, estate planning, estate litigation and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) issues. She has extensive experience assisting families with disabled loved ones with their estate planning, litigation regarding mental capacity issues, and guardianship and ODSP advice. She also has significant experience representing persons whose capacity is being questioned by others, whether they are involved in litigation, doing their own estate planning, or need advice about ODSP legal issues. Ms. Gamage enjoys practising in this focussed area of law as it combines her legal expertise and excellent communication skills with her ability to empathize with her clients.

Ms. Gamage is recognized in “The Best Lawyers in Canada” (2014-2022) in the field of Trusts and Estates. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Hoffstein Prize, an award from the Ontario Bar Association Trusts and Estates group that recognizes excellence in the field of Trusts and Estates law. In 2009, she was selected and continues to be a member of the Estates Subcommittee of the Civil Rules Committee for the Province of Ontario. In 2017, she was instrumental in creating the Rule 7 Subcommittee of the Civil Rules Committee which aims to improve the Rules of Civil Procedure for parties under disability. Ms. Gamage is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience and is frequently asked to chair and present papers at programs for the Ontario Bar Association, the Law Society of Ontario, Cambridge Forums, and Osgoode Law School Professional Development. She also frequently provides education in her areas of expertise to other professionals at various law firms, financial institutions, and community organizations.