Canadian Lawyer magazine named Mandell Pinder’s Rosanne Kyle in the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers 2022. Rosanne is named in the category of “Human Rights, Advocacy, Criminal Law” alongside four other lawyers, including Louise Arbour, a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. This list recognizes “the winners’ recent efforts to influence public opinion, help shape the law, contribute to the strength and quality of legal services, or have an impact within the justice community or government.” Canadian Lawyer compiled the list based on nominations from readers who then voted on candidates in each of five categories. The magazine based its final list of 25 on candidates who received the most votes in each category.
Rosanne has decades of experience advising Indigenous governments in negotiations, litigation, and regulatory processes. She recently led a team of Mandell Pinder lawyers who successfully represented Lac Seul First Nation at the Supreme Court of Canada in the appeal in Southwind v. Canada, a breach of fiduciary duty case that addressed the appropriate remedy for the illegal flooding of reserve lands. She and her colleagues also represented Tahltan Nation on the first consent-based decision-making agreement in British Columbia, under the Province’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.