Barbara Murchie has 30 years of experience as counsel in a broad range of litigation matters including intellectual property, contract and tort disputes, professional and municipal liability, product liability and construction. Her practice litigation practice currently focuses on resolving or litigating intellectual property disagreements, and, in particular, patent infringement and validity disputes. Barbara also provides strategic counsel on intellectual property issues with a view to identifying and solving problems before or during litigation. Barbara has experience before the Ontario and Federal Courts at both the trial and appellate levels.
Barbara is a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, chair of its Tribunal Committee and, formerly, vice chair of its Professional Development and Competence Committee and co-chair of the Retention of Women in Private Practice Working Group until its merger with the Equity Committee. She sits regularly as an adjudicator for the Law Society Tribunal, an administrative tribunal that hears cases involving professional misconduct allegations against lawyers.
Barbara is a regular speaker at conferences on intellectual property and advocacy-related topics. She is a former director of The Advocates' Society, former president of the Lawyers Club and has been an instructor at the Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admissions Course and at Osgoode Hall Law School's Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop and The Advocates' Society Trial Advocacy Workshop. Barbara co-chairs the Courthouse Series, a group of programmes that teaches Advocacy through demonstration and discussion. The Series is presented by The Advocates' Society in cities across the Province of Ontario.
Prior to and during her attendance at law school, Barbara worked in the media for a total of 15 years. Her experience in every facet of television production has provided considerable insight for her work as an advocate and valuable background for her interest in intellectual property.
Barbara is past chair of Ovarian Cancer Canada and former chair of the board of directors of Casey House Foundation, a charity devoted to palliative care for those with HIV/AIDS.