Hirschfeld, Q.C., Christene H.


  Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Christene is a partner and lives in Queensland, Nova Scotia.  Her practice focuses on business and intellectual property law.  She is often invited to speak on intellectual property as well as matters relating to business related issues including financing, privacy and other topics.

Christene's name has been included in the publication The Best Lawyers in Canada since its first edition in 2006 and she has been given Distinguished Attorney Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  She was named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Halifax Information Technology Law “Lawyer of the Year” and also was a recipient of a 2013 Lexpert Zenith Award “Celebrating Women Leaders in the Legal Profession”. She is a founding member of Women in Film and Television - Atlantic, a member of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office's Speakers Bureau, an Associate of the Law & Technology Institute, an Affiliate of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, the Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association's National Intellectual Property subsection,  Past Chair of the Nova Scotia Chapter of Canadian Women in Communication, a past director of the Information Technology Industry Alliance of Nova Scotia and a former lecturer at Dalhousie University Law School.  Christene has been recognized by her peers and is regularly included in Best Lawyers in Canada and Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.  

 

EDUCATION

  • 1984: LLB, Dalhousie University Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1981: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

EMPLOYMENT

  • 1994 - Present: Partner, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1989 - 1994: Associate, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1986 - 1989: Associate, Cooper & McDonald, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1985 - 1986: Law Clerk, Federal Court of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1984 - 1985: Articled Clerk, Cox Downie & Goodfellow, Halifax, Nova Scotia

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Co-Chair, IP/IT TAGlaw Specialty Group 
  • Member, Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • Founding Member, Women in Film and Television Atlantic (WIFT-AT)
  • Advisor,  Entrepreneurs' Forum
  • Past Chair, National Intellectual Property Section, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Past Chair, CBA's National Intellectual Property Session 
  • Affiliate Member, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • Law Reform Commission's Advisory Group on Intellectual Property (1996)
  • Lecturer, Dalhousie University Law School (2002-2004)
  • Associate, Law & Technology Institute

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Director, CAFE Nova Scotia
  • Chair of the Programs Committee for CAFE Nova Scotia
  • Former Director, Discovery Centre
  • Former Chair, Canadian Women in Communications (Nova Scotia Chapter)
  • Former Member, Steering Committee - Nova Scotia Film School
  • Former Member, Management Committee - The Halifax Club 
  • Former Director, Information Technology Industry Alliance of Nova Scotia, (now Digital Nova Scotia)
  • Former Member, Information Technology Industry Alliance of Nova Scotia Planning Committee, (now Digital Nova Scotia)
  • Former Vice President, Society for Prevention of Cruelty (Nova Scotia)
  • Forner Director, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (Nova Scotia)
  • Former Member, Board of Governors, Sacred Heart School
  • Former Member, Fundraising Committee, Discovery Centre
  • Former Volunteer, Metro Food Bank 

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  •  Included in The Best Lawyers in Canada published by Best Lawyers® for her work in entertainment, intellectual property and information technology law (2006-2017)
  • Best Lawyers' 2014 Halifax Information Technology Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • 2013 Lexpert Zenith Award "Celebrating Women Leaders in the Legal Profession"
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel - 2012
  • Selected by her peers for inclustion in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 
  • Recipient of the 2002 Global Television Network Broadcast Communications Award, Contribution to New Media in Canada

PUBLICATIONS

BOYNECLARKE LLP Lawletters:

ARTICLES

  • Lawyers Weekly - "Crowdfunding and the Effects it can have on Intellectual Property," September 18th, 2015
  • Financier Worldwide - "Crowdfunding in Canada," December 2015

SELECT PRESENTATIONS 2014-2015

Ms. Hirschfeld is frequently asked to speak on topics including Privacy; Intellectual Property; Entertainment law; Commercial Loans; and e-Commerce and has been presenting on those topics since 1996. 

  • Representative at Royal Bank of Canada's Panel Day
  • IPIC Annual Conference - "Crowdfunding"
  • Artists' Legal Information Society (ALIS) - "On The Edge of Now II" Conference
  • Alis Atlantic Film Festival Series
  • Credit Union Atlantic Lenders -"Personal Property Security Act and Bankruptcy"
  • TAGLaw International Spring Conference - Break-out Intellectual Property and Life Sciences Specialty Group Sessions
  • Series of Presentations on "Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation" for the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors, TAGLaw and the Exhibitions Association of Nova Scotia AGM
  • Canadian Tax Foundation – Halifax Young Practitioners Group Meeting – “The Other Side of the Looking Glass: Tax and Legal Information for New Business Owners”
  • Black Law Students' Association of Canada Annual National Conference – “Career  Options for Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law”
  • CTV Interview – “The Interaction Between the Right of Freedom of Expression and the Right of Individuals to Protect Their Privacy”

SELECT PRESENTATIONS 2013

  • Annual General Meeting of the Exhibitions Association of Nova Scotia – “Corporate Governance”
  • RBC Commercial Lenders – “Issues Relating to Security for Loans”
  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office – “Intellectual Property Basics”
  • Nova Scotia Association of Community Business Development Corporations - Quarterly Meeting
  • Editors’ Association of Canada, Annual Conference – “Intellectual Property/Copyright issues”
  • CBC Main Street, Radio One – Interview with Jackie Torrens on personality and publicity rights
  • The Atlantic Filmmakers’ Cooperative, Summer Workshop Series –workshop on legal issues for filmmakers
  • New Brunswick Film Co-op – Presentation on entertainment law issues
  • Credit Union Atlantic – “Issues Relating to Security for Loans” and “Nova Scotia’s Equity Tax Credit Program”
  • Interview:  Playback Magazine on the topic of insurance for film/tv industries

SELECT PRESENTATIONS 2012

  • Interview:  CBC-TV regarding the website www.dirty.com
  • NS Association of Community Business Development Corporations – Collateral mortgage issues and lending to not-for-profits
  • Interview:  CBC Mainstreet regarding “Why Can’t They Just” about purchasing music on iTunes
  • Innovative Ideas Competition – Member of the Judge’s Panel for the competition
  • Hosted IPIC (Intellectual Property Institute of Canada) luncheon – “Recent and Upcoming Changes in the Canadian IP landscape”
  • In-house educational presentation:  Collateral Mortgages
  • Chambers of Commerce AGM – “Board Governance”
  • Visual Arts Nova Scotia – Artists’ Legal Info Society – “Beyond the Basics: Contracts and Copyright”
  • Entrepreneurs’ Forum Advisory Meeting – Business Advisor for Entrepreneurs’ Forum
  • Black Employment Resource Centre – “Board Governance”
  • Canadian Bar Association – “Lending to Not-For-Profit Organizations”
  • Blue Water Business Development Corporation Limited – “Corporate Governance”
  • Presentation to a publicly-traded company – “Issues Related to Contract Negotiations”
  • Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce – “Governance Sessions & Business Issues”
  • Credit Union Atlantic – “Security Issues for Commercial Lenders”
  • Business Development Bank of Canada – “Security Issues for Commercial Lenders”

 AREAS OF PRACTICE