Jennifer Sokal

Associate

(she/her)

Winnipeg

Image for Jennifer Sokal

Education & Qualifications

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

Jennifer Sokal is a litigator practising in the areas of insurance litigation, construction litigation, general litigation and administrative and regulatory law.

Jennifer has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of Court in Manitoba, the Saskatchewan Court of King’s Bench, the British Columbia Supreme Court and various tribunals and administrative bodies.

Jennifer has focused experience in administrative and regulatory law. She specializes in professional liability and she has a particular emphasis on the defence of pharmacists. She also handles workplace health and safety matters and agricultural supply management.

Based in Winnipeg, 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 (2021-2023)
  • 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)

Memberships:

  • Manitoba Law Society
  • Manitoba Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Presenter, “Some Best Practices and Considerations During the Life Cycle of a Claim,” Insurer Legal Review (December 2023)
  • Presenter, “Avoiding and Defending Workplace Safety & Health Charges,” 2023 CPHR Manitoba Legislative Review (May 2023)
  • Presenter, “Insurance Agents & Brokers: Duties of Care,” 2023 Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba Convention (April 2023)
  • Presenter, “Workplace Safety and Health Policies and Investigations: Best Practices to Avoid Regulatory Fallout” (November 2022)
  • Guest presenter, “Law and Ethics for Pharmacy Technicians,” Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology Pharmacy Technician Course Year 2 (September 2021, September 2022)
  • Panellist, “Tips for Success as a Summer, Articling or Clerking Student,” The Advocates’ Society (February 2022)
  • Presenter, “Small Claims Primer,” Manitoba Bar Association (November 2021)
  • Moderator, “Spoiler Alert! What’s Happening in Administrative Law?” Manitoba Bar Association Midwinter Conference 2021 (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)
  • Author, “Recent Developments in Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law,” Banking and Finance Law Review, Vol. 34, Issue 2, April 2019, pages 267-273
  • Author, “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)