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Ottawa appoints BLG partner to Federal Court

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 12:01 PM | By John Chunn


The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) on Feb. 3 announced that Christine Pallotta, partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court. Justice Pallotta replaces Justice James W. O’Reilly, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective May 29, 2019.

According to the DOJ’s press release, Justice Pallotta practised as an intellectual property (IP) lawyer and served as the national leader of the IP litigation focus group at BLG. Since joining the IP firm Bereskin & Parr in 1999, and then BLG in 2011, Justice Pallotta’s practice has focused on IP law and litigation, including trademark, patent, copyright and confidential information cases. Justice Pallotta has a science background, having completed a B.Sc.H. (biology) at Queen’s University prior to law school. 

Justice Pallotta has written and presented on various topics in IP law and has been actively involved in Canadian and international IP organizations including the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC). She has also been actively involved in the Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot since 2009, its inaugural year. At IPIC, Justice Pallotta co-founded the Women in IP Networking Group, with a mission to provide career support and business development opportunities for women in IP, as well as to promote equality and diversity within the profession.