Woodley, Matthew


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Matt provides advice to a wide range of organizations including employers, print and broadcast media organizations, post-secondary institutions, municipalities and professional regulatory bodies. He is admitted to the bar in Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

Matt focuses on human resource, free expression, constitutional, and administrative law. Matt has appeared at all levels of Court in Alberta on matters ranging from the constitutional right to equality, to free expression in the media and on post-secondary campuses, open courts, and privacy law. He has appeared as counsel before the Yukon Court of Appeal on a matter relating to media law, and before the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in a case involving defamation. Matt has also appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada in a matter involving a constitutional challenge to a publication ban.

Matt clerked with the Alberta Court of Appeal and Court of Queen’s Bench before articling with RMRF. He also taught Communications Law at MacEwan University for 10 years, and provides pro-bono services to the Edmonton Community Legal Centre and the Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project.


Professional Experience

  • Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. V. Canada, 2010 SCC 21
  • R. v. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio One, 2007 ABPC 168
  • Globe & Mail v. Alberta, 2011 ABQB 363
  • R. v. Twitchell, 2010 ABQB 692
  • R. v Hennessey, 2008 ABQB 312
  • Sidhu v. CBC North, 2014 YKCA 15
  • Whatcott v. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2016 SKCA 17
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation v. Bodnarek, 2017 ABQB 691

Education & Admissions

2000 B.A., University of Alberta (Honours English)

2003 LL.B., University of Alberta

2004 Admitted to the Alberta Bar

2009 Admitted to the Northwest Territories Bar

2009 LL.M., University of New South Wales

2010 Admitted to the Yukon Bar

Associations & Memberships

Edmonton Bar Association

Law Society of Alberta

Law Society of Northwest Territories

Law Society of Yukon

Canadian Bar Association

Canadian Media Lawyers Association

Community Involvement

Public Member, Board of Governors of NAIT

Board Member, Centre for Constitutional Studies, University of Alberta

Awards & Achievements

Recognized as a “Leading Practitioner” in the area of Defamation by the Canadian Legal Expert Directory 2018, 2017

Educational Leadership

Lecturer, MacEwan University: “Communications Law”

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