Curtis Unfried


Winnipeg / Services provided by C M Unfried Law Corporation

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Education & Qualifications

  • Manitoba Bar (1999)
  • JD (Manitoba, 1998)
  • BA (Manitoba, 1995)

Curtis is a partner practising in our Litigation Department. He has appeared in all levels of court in the Province of Manitoba.

Born and raised in The Pas, Manitoba, Curtis went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1995 and Doctor of Laws (JD) degree in 1998 from the University of Manitoba. Since joining MLT Aikins LLP in 1998 (then known as Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP), Curtis  has advised and defended clients on a wide range of fronts, including: civil litigation, commercial litigation, tax litigation, class action litigation, The Workplace Safety & Health Act, the Criminal Code, the Pharmaceutical Act (Manitoba), the Food and Drugs Act (Canada), the Fisheries Act (Canada), the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (Canada), the Forest Act, the Motor Vehicle Transport Act, the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Services Regulations, the Crown Lands Act, the Liquor Control Act and The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Act and Liquor and Gaming Control Act, along with criminal and regulatory matters with quasi-criminal consequences.

Curtis provides a great deal of service to clients in the pharmacy health care sector and assists those clients in dealing with all issues relating to pharmaceutical regulation, policy and practice.

  • Numerous retainers as defence counsel on workplace accidents, investigations and charges under The Workplace Safety & Health Act for various entities ranging from smaller closely held corporations to multinational and publicly traded corporations in the aerospace and energy sectors
  • Legal counsel for numerous International Prescription Service (IPS) pharmacies located in the Province of Manitoba. IPS pharmacies (often referred to as “internet pharmacies”) provide care and pharmacy services to residents outside of Canada, predominantly in the United States
  • Canadian counsel for a US-based billionaire involved in pursuing a claim of defamation in the United States and the Bahamas
  • Canadian counsel for a Las Vegas-based Resort & Casino in pursuit of a fraudster residing in the Province of Manitoba
  • Defence counsel for a publicly traded mining company in a prosecution involving charges laid under the Fisheries Act (Canada) and Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (Canada) relating to the release of “acutely lethal effluent” from a mining facility in Northern Manitoba
  • Numerous retainers as defence counsel to pharmacies and pharmacists relating to investigations and charges under the Pharmaceutical Act and the Food and Drugs Act
  • Defence counsel for a publicly traded forestry company in prosecutions under the Forest Act, Forest Use and Management Regulation and Crown Lands Act for the alleged wrongful removal of trees
  • Legal counsel for a non-profit entity alleged to have been involved in various wrongdoings under the Competition Act and Criminal Code
  • Numerous retainers as defence counsel to individuals charged with various offences under the Criminal Code including, but not limited to: impaired driving, assault, assault causing bodily harm, possession of marijuana, theft and fraud
  • Defence counsel for physicians being investigated or charged by the College of Physicians & Surgeons (Manitoba) with wrongdoing or professional misconduct
  • Numerous retainers relating to the removal of Protections Orders issued under The Domestic Violence and Stalking Act
  • Numerous retainers from large multinational and small trucking and waste management companies charged with offences under the Motor Vehicle Transport Act, Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Services Regulations and Highway Traffic Act
  • Defence counsel for a privately held forestry company in prosecutions under the Forest Act and Crown Lands Act
  • Legal counsel for individuals being investigated by the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada
  • Defence counsel for a large Canadian-based restaurant chain alleged to have been in violation of the Liquor Control Act
  • Legal Counsel for various individuals involved in estate litigation and related disputes
  • Numerous retainers relating to advice and direction to individuals, corporations and non-profit entities involved in offering contests to the general public to ensure compliance with The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Act and Liquor and Gaming Control Act and Criminal Code
  • Defence counsel for farmers charged with fraud as a result of the alleged wrongful filing of insurance claims with the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC)
  • Chair, Aikins, MacAulay and Thorvaldson LLP’s United Way Committee (2014-2016)
  • Chair, MLT Aikins LLP United Way Committee (2017-present)
  • Assistant Coach, Sanford Sabres in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League (1999)
  • Assistant Coach, St. Boniface Stars Female Hockey Team (Novice, 2014)
  • Board of Directors, Norwood Community Club


  • The Law Society of Manitoba
  • Manitoba Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Guest lecturer, University of Manitoba Law School and the Manitoba Law Society’s Bar Admission Course
  • Guest speaker at various construction and engineering luncheons on the topic of “Due Diligence” and defending charges under the Workplace Safety & Health Act
  • Guest speaker, Manitoba Law Society’s Continuing Education (CLE) Seminars on the topic of “Prosecuting, Defending and Advising Corporations” (provided insight on the issues that arise from defending corporations in Court)
  • Contributor, Winnipeg Construction Association’s Upword magazine
  • Contributor, Manitoba construction industry’s Building Connections magazine
  • Contributor, Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP newsletter (providing clients with information and updates on the various topics within the practice of law)