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Judith Snider

Hon. Judith A. Snider (Ret.)

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Doug Duzant
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The Honourable Justice Judith A. Snider (Ret.) brings over a decade of experience as a judge in the Federal Court (Canada) to her ADR practice.  As a member of that court, Justice Snider was prolific in intellectual property matters and, in particular, patent litigation. Before ascending to the bench, she was successively general counsel, member, and vice chair of the National Energy Board based in Calgary, Alberta.

Widely regarded as a “lawyer’s judge,” Justice Snider is passionate about trying cases, committed to understanding parties’ issues and to resolving them in a fair and efficient way.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

Justice Snider has extensive experience in the resolution of complex disputes in the following areas:

  • Administrative Law
  • Business/Commercial
  • Energy/Utility (Oil and Gas)
  • Environmental
  • Government/Public Agency (Regulatory)
  • Intellectual Property (Copyright, Trademark, and Patent)
  • Maritime/Admiralty

Representative Matters

  • UHA Research Society v. Canada (Attorney General), 2013 F.C.J. No. 199, 2013 FC 169, 2014 FCA 134 (aquaculture licensing, common law right to fish)
  • Empresa Cubana Del Tabaco v. Tequila Cuervo S.A. Dec. V., 2013 FC 1010 (use of media references to establish confusion in trademark cases)
  • Douglas v. Canada (Attorney General), 2013 FC 451 (injunctive relief in judicial discipline proceedings)
  • Teva Canada Limited v. Sanofi-Aventis Canada Inc., 2012 FC 552; Apotex Inc. v Sanofi-Aventis Canada Inc., 2012 FC 553 (damages in action under s. 8 of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations)
  • Merck v. Apotex, 2010 FC 1265 (patent infringement action)
  • Laboratoires Servier et al. v. Apotex Inc., 2008 FC 825 (patent infringement action)
  • Jay-Lor International Inc. v. Penta Farm Systems Ltd., 2007 FC 358 (damages in patent infringement action)
  • Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Skomatchuk, 2006 FC 994, (Citizenship revocation; evidentiary issues in WWII documents)
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta, 1981-2002; 2015-present
  • Member, Federal Court Executive Committee, 2011-2013
  • Director and President, Judges Counselling Program, 2004-2013
  • Member of Council, Board of Directors, Compensation Committee, and Nominations Committee, Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association, 2003-2011
  • Chair, Immigration Bench and Bar Liaison Committee, 2004-2011
  • Member, Federal Courts Rules Committee, 2005-2008
  • Director and Vice Chair, Canadian Institute of Resources Law, 1993-2002
  • Director, Petroleum Law Foundation, 1995-2001
  • Director and member of Executive Committee, Association of General Counsel of Alberta, 1992-1995

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Etiquette and Ethics as Elements of Persuasive Advocacy, The Practical Guide to Federal Court Practice, Osgoode Professional Development, February 2015 and November 2012, Toronto, ON
  • Ethics and the IP Lawyer, keynote speaker at Annual Meeting of Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, October 2014
  • Section 8 of the PM (NOC) Regulations, Where Do I Begin, presentation to judges of the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, October 2014
  • Immigration Practice before the Federal Court, presentation to Federal Court Law Clerks, August 2013
  • The Art of Cross Examination, keynote presentation to Canadian Bar Association Intellectual Property Spring Advocacy Programme, May 2011
  • Judge, Federal Court (Canada), Member ex officio of the Federal Court of Appeal (Canada), and Judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, 2002-2013
  • National Energy Board, 1992-2002
    • Vice-Chairperson, 1999-2002
    • Member, 1995-2002
    • General Counsel, 1992-1995
  • Partner, Code Hunter, Calgary, Alberta, 1981-1992
  • LL.B., University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, 1981
  • Land Administrator, Société Nationale Elf Aquitaine, Calgary, Alberta, 1975-1978
  • Teacher, Carleton Board of Education and Leeds Grenville Board of Education, Ontario, 1968-1975
  • B.Sc., Mathematics, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, 1973
  • Reservist, Royal Canadian Navy, 1966-1968



Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Business/Commercial
  • Energy/Utility (Oil and Gas)
  • Environmental
  • Government/Public Agency
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Maritime/Admiralty


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