Prior to her appointment on May 15, 2018, Prothonotary Alexandra Steele was an attorney with the firm of Robic l.l.p. in Montreal, Quebec, where she practiced in the area of intellectual property law.
She received her law degree in 1997 from the University of Montréal and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1998. After initially engaging in the practice of family law, she joined Robic l.l.p. in 2001, where she specialized in litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial designs and unfair competition. She has appeared before both the trial and appellate levels of the Quebec Courts and the Federal Courts, as well as before the Copyright Board. She also became an accredited civil and commercial law mediator with the Québec Bar in 2014.
Prothonotary Steele has been active with numerous professional organisations in Canada and abroad. She is a past member of Council of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and past chair of IPIC’s Forums and Seminars Committee. She also chaired the National Intellectual Property Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). She was one of the original members of the Federal Court IP Users Group, as well as a member of the Liaison Committee of the Montreal Bar with the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court.
She has been recognized by her peers as a leading practitioner in intellectual property law and litigation in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of Canadian Lexpert Directory. Fluent in both French and English, Prothonotary Steele has been a frequent presenter at legal conferences on intellectual property law and advocacy. She has published several articles, including for the Développements récents and the Cahiers de propriété intellectuelle collections, as well as authored and co-authored chapters in JurisClasseur Québec – Propriété intellectuelle, Intellectual Property Litigation: Forms and Precedents and Canadian Patent Law Benchbook.