Allen Linden

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The Honourable
Allen M. Linden
Canadian Federal Court of Appeal
In office
July 5, 1990 – October 7, 2009
Personal details
Born (1934-10-07) October 7, 1934 (age 82)
Toronto, Ontario
Spouse(s) Joanna Maxwell Linden
Relations Sidney B. Linden, Sandra Linden

Allen Martin Linden OC (born October 7, 1934 in Toronto, Ontario) is a former Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal [1] and distinguished tort law professor. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2015.[2]

Linden attained a B.A from the University of Toronto, a L.L.B from Osgoode Hall Law School and a J.S.D from University of California at Berkeley. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1960.

Linden was an associate at Levinter, Grossberg, Dryden & Co., until he left to teach at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1961 to 1978. In 1978, he was appointed to the Superior Court of Ontario. He became the president of the Law Reform Commission of Canada from 1983 to 1990. In 1990, he was appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal.

Linden has taught in the U.S., Australia and the U.K. and has written several books and scores of articles about torts. In 1965, he authored a statistical study on Compensation for Auto Accidents which led the Province of Ontario to adopt a no-fault auto insurance plan in 1969. Justice Linden also did a statistical study on compensation for victims of crime (1968) which influenced the Ontario government to enact a public scheme to furnish compensation to victims of violent crime. Prior to his elevation to the Bench, he served as a consultant in the litigation of Canadian thalidomide children seeking compensation from the drug company that produced the drug. Justice Linden acted as Executive Director of the Canadian Institute on the Administration of Justice from 1974 to 1978.

Unable to give up on torts teaching, he continued to teach part-time at the University of Ottawa and at Pepperdine University, School of Law in California. Currently living in Toronto, he continues to work on updating his publications. He is currently working on his 15th edition of his casebook on Canadian tort law.

Having studied under the late William Lloyd Prosser, universally recognized as the leading torts scholar in the United States, Allen Linden has achieved the same recognition in Canada.

He was married to media executive Marjorie Anthony Linden from 1984 until her death in 2013. In July 2015 he married Joanna Maxwell.

Linden's brother, Sidney B. Linden, is also a former Ontario judge. Linden has three daughters, Wendy Linden who is a practicing lawyer, Lisa Linden who is a lawyer by training, and Robyn Linden who is also a lawyer by training. He has three son-in-laws, Stephen Firestone who is a Superior Court Judge, Andrew Wiseman who is a practicing lawyer, and David Weinberger who is a practicing lawyer.

Written works[edit]

  • Report of the Osgoode Hall Study on Compensation for Victims of Automobile Accidents, (1965)
  • The Canadian Judiciary, (1976)
  • La responsabilité civile délictuelle, (1988)
  • Canadian Tort Law, 6th ed., (1997).
  • Canadian Tort Law: Cases. Notes and Materials, 11th ed., (1999), co-author.


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