Our Lawyers

Ken Strong
B.Sc.(hons), University of Guelph
LL.B. (with distinction), University of Western Ontario
B.C.L. (with distinction), Oxford University


Ken practices municipal, land use planning, and expropriations law, while acting for municipalities, developers, and individuals. He gives day-to-day advice on the full spectrum of municipal issues. He guides municipalities and developers through development and expropriations transactions. He has appeared before the Ontario Municipal Board, as well as the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, and the Ontario Court of Appeal for mediations, trials, and appeals. Ken also teaches municipal law and planning law for the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law, and has written several articles on municipal and expropriations law.

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Ken Strong

Tara Oudekerk
B.A.(hons), Queen's University
LL.B., University of Windsor
LL.M. in Municipal Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University


Tara’s practice focuses exclusively on municipal, land use, environmental, and expropriations law. She has appeared before both the Ontario Municipal Board and all levels of the Ontario Courts on behalf of public bodies as well as individuals. Her goal is to offer straightforward and practical advice and to avoid unnecessary costs for her clients.

As a graduate from Queen’s University, Tara went on to attend law school at the University of Windsor and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2004. While in practice she completed her Masters of Law degree and is now one of only a handful of Canadians to earn a masters degree in municipal law. Tara teaches both the Municipal Law and Land Use Planning law courses at the University of Western Ontario Law School.

Active in the profession, Tara has been a Trustee of the Middlesex Law Association, a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, and a member of the Ontario Expropriation Association. She has presented papers at a number of municipal law and Ontario Bar Association conferences.

Tara is married and has two very active, hilarious and great boys. She plays a number of sports in the community and enjoys all kinds of outdoor adventures. She also volunteers for a number of different charities and is involved in different charity events in and around South Western Ontario.

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Tara Oudekerk

Kelly Nenniger
B.A. (Hons), McGill University
J.D., Queen’s University


Prior to joining Strong MacDougall Oudekerk in 2016 Kelly worked as a solicitor and prosecutor for the Corporation of the City of London, where she handled numerous trials, appeals and other hearings on behalf of the City. In her three years of practice, Kelly has appeared in all levels of Ontario Courts including the Ontario Court of Appeal.

After graduating with Honours from McGill University, Kelly went on to earn a J.D. from Queen’s University, where she was a member of the Dean’s Honour List. Kelly was called to the Ontario Bar in 2013.

Kelly is a member of the Middlesex Law Association, the Prosecutors Association of Ontario and the Ontario Expropriations Association. In 2014 Kelly appeared in an all-lawyer production of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors.

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Kelly Nenniger

Roderick MacDougall
B.A., LL.B., Queen's University


After more than 45 years of legal practice, one of our firm’s founding partners, Rod MacDougall, retired in August, 2014. Rod’s contribution to our firm is invaluable. Rod has an extensive background in municipal, land use and expropriations law. He devoted much of his distinguished career to assisting municipalities, conservation authorities and other public bodies.

Rod began his law career after graduating with Bachelor of Arts and Law degrees from Queen’s University. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1968. He spent the first part of his career in Toronto and ended his career in London, Ontario. Rod’s move to London was extremely fortunate for us. It gave us the joy of working with him and the benefit of learning from him. In 2008 Rod, together with Tara and Ken established this firm and in his retirement, Rod is greatly missed at the firm.

In all his years of practice, Rod has been a truly exceptional and respected counsel. From shopping malls to gravel pits and everything in between, the great contributions he has made to land development projects can be seen almost anywhere you go in this province. He was a leader in the field of expropriations law. He contributed to the development of the law in this area and continues to give lectures to students in both the law school and local government program at Western University. He was also a leading practitioner in municipal law, helping public bodies achieve their goals. The breadth of his knowledge in all areas of his practice has provided guidance to all of us here as well as to many others who had the pleasure of working with or against him.

We wish our friend, colleague, mentor and retired partner many years of health and happiness in retirement.