Barbara Murchie has more than 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. 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. A large part of her focus as a bencher has been as an adjudicator at the Law Society Tribunal, an administrative tribunal that hears cases involving professional misconduct allegations against lawyers and paralegals. Barbara has decided and written reasons on cases that allege ethical misconduct and incompetence as well as cases that require a good character determination. Barbara has also played leadership roles in Professional Development and Competence, Tribunal reform, the Retention of Women in Private Practice and the Justicia Program.
Barbara is a regular speaker and participant at conferences and advocacy training programs. 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 11 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.