Jennifer Sokal




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Education & Qualifications

  • Manitoba Bar (2020)
  • JD (Manitoba, 2019)
  • B.Comm. (Honours) with distinction (Manitoba, 2016)

Jennifer Sokal maintains a commercial and civil litigation practice, with a focus on administrative and regulatory law, construction litigation and insurance litigation.

Jennifer is a litigator practising in the areas of construction litigation, insurance litigation and administrative and regulatory law. Her administrative and regulatory law experience includes professional liability and regulation, workplace safety and health matters, agricultural supply management and regulatory compliance generally.

Jennifer has appeared before various tribunals and administrative bodies, all levels of Court in Manitoba, the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench and the British Columbia Supreme Court. She was part of a team that appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in March of 2021, successfully representing a major news broadcaster respecting the ability of Canadian Courts to reconsider publication bans.

Jennifer obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Manitoba in 2019. She articled and summered with MLT Aikins before joining the firm as an associate in 2020.

  • Thorkelson v The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba et al., 2023 MBCA 69
  • Annable (CBC) v City of Winnipeg, 2022 MBKB 222
  • Thorkelson v The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba et al., 2022 MBQB 29
  • Group Westco Inc. v Manitoba Chicken Producers, 2022 MBCA 16
  • Group Westco Inc. v Manitoba Chicken Producers, 2021 MBQB 135
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corp. v Manitoba, 2021 SCC 33
  • Ackron Egg Farms Ltd. v Manitoba Egg Farmers et al., 2020 MBQB 187
  • Council Member, Manitoba Bar Association (2023-Present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, New Directions (2021-Present)
  • Community Lawyer Supervisor, Pro Bono Students Canada (2021-Present)
  • Mentor, Manitoba Bar Association Law Student Mentorship Program (2020-Present)
  • Vice-Chair, Administrative Law Section, Manitoba Bar Association (2020-2023)
  • CPLED Representative and Council Member, Manitoba Bar Association (2019-2020)
  • VP Internal, Manitoba Law Students’ Association, University of Manitoba (2018-2019)
  • Manitoba Law Students’ Association Representative to the Manitoba Bar Association Council (2016-2017)
  • Volunteer Facilitator, W.I.S.E. Manitoba Inc. No Means No (2016-2019)
  • Co-ordinator, W.I.S.E. Manitoba No Means No (2017-2018)
  • Chair, Feminist Legal Forum (2018-2019)
  • Volunteer Co-ordinator, Feminist Legal Forum (2017-2018)
  • President, Robson Hall Mediators (2017-2018)
  • Communications Officer, Robson Hall Mediators (2016-2017)
  • Volunteer, Legal Help Centre & Pro Bono Students Canada (2018)


  • Manitoba Law Society
  • Manitoba Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Presenter, 2023 CPHR Manitoba Legislative Review, Avoiding and Defending Workplace Safety & Health Charges (May 2023)
  • Presenter, 2023 Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba Convention, Insurance Agents & Brokers: Duties of Care (April 2023)
  • Presenter, Workplace Safety and Health Policies and Investigations: Best Practices to Avoid Regulatory Fallout (November 2022)
  • Guest Presenter, Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology Pharmacy Technician Course (Year 2), Law and Ethics for Pharmacy Technicians (September 2021, September 2022)
  • Panellist, The Advocates’ Society, Tips for Success as a Summer, Articling or Clerking Student (February 2022)
  • Presenter, Manitoba Bar Association, Small Claims Primer (November 2021)
  • Moderator, Manitoba Bar Association Midwinter Conference 2021, Spoiler Alert! What’s Happening in Administrative Law? (January 2021)
  • Presenter, Fiduciary Duties, Conflicts of Interest and Reasonable Apprehension of Bias, Regulator Legal Review (January 2021)
  • Presenter, Trespassing and Rural Crime Legal Review (February 2020 and September 2020)
  • Recent Developments in Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law, Banking and Finance Law Review, Vol. 34, Issue 2, April 2019, pages 267-273
  • Bill 33: The Minimum Wage Indexation Act (Employment Standards Code Amended), Manitoba Law Journal, Vol,. 42, Issue 1, October 2019, pages 235-261
  • Leon Mitchell, Q.C. Prize in Labour Relations for achieving the highest standing in Labour-Management Relations (2019)
  • Paul Teskey Memorial Prize for Labour Law and Mediation for achieving the highest combined average in Topics in Dispute Resolution and Labour-Management Relations (2019)
  • Dean’s Honour List, University of Manitoba Faculty of Law (2018, 2019)
  • Pitblado Scholarship (2018)
  • Aikins, MacAuley & Thorvaldson Hon. Marshall Rothstein Prize for Highest Standing in Constitutional Law (2017)
  • Patricia N. and Mark G. Smerchanski Law Entrance Scholarship (2016)
  • Dean’s Honour List, University of Manitoba Faculty of Commerce, (2012-2016)
  • UMSU Scholarship (2016)