Martin Freedman

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Martin H. Freedman, Q.C., was appointed a judge of the Manitoba Court of Appeal on July 16, 2002 and retired from the court in 2012.[1][2] He replaced Madam Justice Bonnie M. Helper, who resigned.

Mr. Justice Freedman received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba in 1963 and won the Gold Medal in Law from both the University of Manitoba and the Law Society of Manitoba.[3] At the time of his appointment, he was a partner with the Winnipeg law firm of Aikins MacAulay & Thorvaldson. He had served as the firm's managing partner from 1991 until 2001. Throughout his career, he acquired a vast expertise in corporate-commercial law and arbitration-mediation matters. In recent years, Mr. Justice Freedman had concentrated his practice on arbitration, especially in labour-related disputes in different jurisdictions throughout Canada.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Justice Freedman was very active in a wide range of professional organizations, including having served as President (1978–1979) and Bencher (1971–1979) of the Law Society of Manitoba and as a Director of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (1981–1983). For 20 years, he was a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba and a frequent presenter at numerous professional and continuing legal education seminars. Mr. Justice Freedman was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1975.[3]

His late father, Samuel Freedman, also served as a judge of the Manitoba Court of Appeal (1960–1983).[1]


  1. ^ a b "Judges of Manitoba". Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Russel Metals Inc.: Martin H. Freedman Appointed to Manitoba Court Of Appeal." (Press release). Business Wire. 22 July 2002. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  3. ^ a b Anthea Finlay (4 June 1976). "A lawyer questions the corporate elite". Windsor Star. Retrieved 6 February 2011.