The Honourable Marshall Rothstein
Born on December 25, 1940 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Marshall Rothstein went to school in Winnipeg. He then attended the University of Manitoba, where he earned a B. Com. in 1962 and an LL.B. in 1966. He is married to Montreal native Sheila Dorfman and the couple have four children, Ronald, Douglas, Tracey and Robert, and six grandchildren.
After being called to the Manitoba Bar in 1966, he started his career at Thorvaldson, Eggertson, Saunders and Mauro before moving to Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson in 1969, where he was a partner from 1972 to 1992 and a member and periodic Chairman of the Management Committee/Executive Board from 1981 to 1992. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1979. He served as an adjudicator under the Manitoba Human Rights Act from 1978 to 1983 and as a member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal from 1986 to 1992.
In his practice, he appeared before federal and Manitoba administrative tribunals, the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench, the Manitoba Court of Appeal, the Federal Court - Trial Division, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice Rothstein taught transportation law as a lecturer in the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Law from 1970 to 1983 and from 1988 to 1992, and contract law in the University's Extension Department from 1970 to 1975. He was a Bar Admission Course lecturer for the Law Society of Manitoba from 1970 to 1975. He also held many other offices: Secretary (Administrator), Civil Legal Aid Committee, Law Society of Manitoba, 1968-70; Chairman, Commission on Compulsory Retirement (Manitoba), 1981-82; Chairman, Ministerial Task Force on International Air Policy (Canada), 1990-91; Member and Chairman, Manitoba Transportation Industry Development Advisory Committee, 1985-87 and 1987-90 respectively; Member, Airports Task Force, 1985-86; Member, Airports Transfer Advisory Board, 1988-92; and Member, External Advisory Committee, University of Manitoba Transport Institute, 1989-92.
Justice Rothstein was appointed to the Trial Division of the Federal Court of Canada on June 24, 1992; while a judge of the Trial Division, he also served as a member ex officio of the Appeal Division, a judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada and a judicial member of the Competition Tribunal. He was elevated to the Federal Court of Appeal on January 21, 1999, and, finally, to the Supreme Court of Canada on March 1, 2006. He retired on August 31, 2015.
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