The Hon. Allen M. Linden

(BA 1956 UC)

Allen Linden is a recently retired judge of the Federal Court of Appeal. After graduating from UC, he attended Osgoode Hall Law School, then the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his doctor of laws. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1960, and was an associate at Levinter, Grossberg, Dryden & Co., until he left to teach law at Osgoode Hall from 1961 to 1978. He has taught law in the US, Australia, and the UK, and has written several books and articles on tort law.

Justice Linden acted as executive director of the Canadian Institute on the Administration of Justice from 1974 to 1978, when he was appointed to the Superior Court of Ontario. He served as president of the Law Reform Commission of Canada from 1983 to 1990, when he was appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal.

He authored a statistical study on compensation for car accidents which led the province of Ontario to adopt a no-fault auto insurance plan. He also initiated a study on compensation for victims of crime which influenced the Ontario government to enact a public scheme to furnish compensation to victims of violent crime. Prior to his elevation to the bench, he served as a consultant in the litigation of Canadian thalidomide children seeking compensation from the company that produced the drug.

In 2012, he was awarded the David Walter Mundell Medal in honour of his distinguished contribution to law and letters.