A respected lawyer, teacher and now a judge on the Supreme Court of Canada, Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein has served his country with distinction and dedication. Born and raised in Winnipeg to parents who had immigrated from eastern Europe, Justice Rothstein obtained both a commerce and a law degree from the University of Manitoba. After being called to the bar in 1966, he joined law firm of Thorvaldson, Eggertson, Saunders and Mauro and then moved to Aikins, MacAulay and Thorvaldson in 1969. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1979. Justice Rothstein taught Transportation Law at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Law for many years and Contract Law in the University's Extension Department. In his practice, Justice Rothstein appeared before various administrative tribunals and all levels of court. He also held many other offices or appointments connected to the Manitoba Human Rights Act; the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal; the Civil Legal Aid Committee, the Law Society of Manitoba; the (Manitoba);Commission on Compulsory Retirement; the (federal) Ministerial Task Force on International Air Policy; the Manitoba Transportation Industry Development Advisory Committee; the Airports Task Force; the Airports Transfer Advisory Board and the External Advisory Committee of the University of Manitoba Transport Institute. Justice Rothstein was appointed to the Trial Division of the Federal Court of Canada in 1992. While a judge of the Trial Division, he also served as a member ex officio of the Appeal Division, a judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada and a judicial member of the Competition Tribunal. He was elevated to the Federal Court of Appeal in 1999, and then to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2006. Justice Rothstein is married to Dr. Sheila Dorfman and the couple has four children, Ronald, Douglas, Tracey and Robert, and five grandchildren.
Justice Rothstein is generous, unassuming, wise and dedicated. Manitoba lost one of its golden boys when he accepted the Federal Court appointment in 1992. But Manitoba's loss was Canada's gain. His written judgments are models of balance, clarity, brevity and wit. He also finds the time to return to Winnipeg two or three times a year to participate in legal education events and we treasure these visits.