Year of call: Quebec Bar, 2000

Elisabeth Patterson joined Dionne Schulze law firm in 2010. She advises mostly Aboriginal governments and organisations on a broad range of subjects, including Aboriginal, commercial and international law, as well as with respect to governance and the protection of intellectual property, traditional knowledge and personal information.

Elisabeth Patterson also assists clients by negotiating commercial agreements, such as joint venture and impact benefit agreements, as well as agreements governing the collection and use of data, intellectual property and indigenous knowledge.

Elisabeth Patterson is involved in legal education and legislative reform projects in Latin America and was involved in a case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

She speaks and writes fluently in English and French and is proficient in Spanish.


  • LL.B., McGill University, 1999
  • B.C.L., McGill University, 1999
  • B.A. Honours in Political Science and International Development Studies, McGill University, 1994

Professional and volunteer activities

  • Quebec Bar
  • Lawyers Without Borders Canada, member since 2003 and volunteer (2009-…)
  • Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement, member of the board (2015-…)
  • Fondation de l’École St-Léon-de-Westmount, member of the board of directors and corporate secretary (2011-2014)
  • Québec Society of International Law, member of the board of directors (2004-2015)
  • Association québécoise pour l’évaluation environnementale (environmental and social impacts association), and member of the board of directors (2008-2010)

Awards and honours

  • Named as one of Montreal’s leading practitioners in the field of Aboriginal law by The 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory

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