Barbara J. Murchie
Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
Ms. Murchie practises intellectual property litigation at Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto and is a Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario. She is Chair of the Tribunals Committee and Vice-Chair of the Professional Development and Competence Committee. She is also a member of the Law Society Tribunal, and regularly sits on discipline panels as an adjudicator. She is a member of LAWPRO’s governance committee.
Since 1986, when she was called to the bar, she has appeared at all levels of the Ontario and Federal courts on litigation matters that include intellectual property, professional negligence, construction law, municipal liability and general civil litigation. Over the course of her career at small and large firms, she has acted for a broad range of individual, corporate and institutional clients. Since becoming a Bencher, she has become engaged in administrative law, chairing hearing panels and writing decisions on cases involving lawyers who are alleged to have breached their professional obligations.
During her 30 year legal career, Ms. Murchie has held leadership roles with a number of legal organizations including, most recently, the Law Society of Ontario, and between 2002-2005, the Advocates Society where she was a Director. She participates in numerous professional development programs as a teacher and is regional Co-Chair of the long-running, province-wide, Courthouse program for the Advocates Society. She is a member of a wide array of legal associations including the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Toronto Lawyers Association, and the Women’s Law Association of Ontario.
Ms. Murchie’s community service includes roles as Director and Chair of Ovarian Cancer Canada and Casey House Foundation.