Halifax, Nova Scotia:  BOYNECLARKE LLP, one of Atlantic Canada’s largest law firms, is pleased to announce that Christene H. Hirschfeld, Q.C., is the recipient of a 2013 Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Women Leaders in the Legal Profession.

The 2013 Lexpert Zenith Awards celebrate women leaders in the legal profession.  The lawyers being honoured have led their clients, firms, companies, departments, faculties, profession, colleagues and/or communities, and have been role models for other women in the profession.  The Awards draw from law firms, corporate legal and government departments, academia, the judiciary and alternative legal careers.

Christene chairs and leads the Business Law Team at BOYNECLARKE LLP.  She has served as Chair of the National IP Section for the Canadian Bar Association; NS Chapter Canadian Women in Communications; and the Halifax Informals Group of Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.  Christene is an affiliate of the Law & Technology Institute, Schulich School of Law in Halifax as well as an Associate of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.  She is a leading practitioner in Technology and IP law and has provided leadership and enhanced the growth of this area of law in Atlantic Canada.

Committed to the community, Christene has served in an advisory capacity for the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, which helps innovative entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada overcome their immediate business challenges.  She has also served as a Director of the Discovery Centre, which is Nova Scotia’s “hands-on Science Centre”.  She served on the Steering Committee of the Nova Scotia Film School, the Management Committee of the Halifax Club and as a Board Member of the Sacred Heart School, Halifax.  Christene has also served as a Volunteer with the Parker Street Food Bank and as a Vice-President and Director of the SPCA, NS.  Christene provides pro bono advice dealing with privacy and related issues to a number of non-profit organizations. 

Christene is well respected in the legal and business communities.  She is a member of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office Speakers’ Bureau.  CIPO is the federal government agency that administers all intellectual property statutes in Canada.  She is frequently asked to speak on topics including Real Estate; Privacy; Intellectual Property; Contracts; Commercial lending and electronic commerce.   Recently, she has spoken on the topic of security issues for several financial institutions as well as corporate governance and business issues for local businesses and Chambers of Commerce in Nova Scotia.  For the past two years, the Innovative Ideas Competition has welcomed Christene as a member of the Judge’s Panel for their annual competition. 

Christene has been included in “The Best Lawyers in Canada” since the first edition and has achieved a Distinguished Attorney Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  She has been named Halifax’s Information Technology Lawyer of the Year for 2014.