Rebeka Breder (B.A., Joint Honours (McGill, 2000), JD (UBC, 2004) was called to the Bar in 2005; she has been in private practice ever since. Ms. Breder practises general civil litigation and animal law in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Rebeka’s true passion is advancing the rights and welfare of animals. Animal Law consists of 50%-70% of her legal practice. She is one of the very few lawyers in Canada practising Animal Law in private practice. Her cases include various issues involving domestic and wild animals including, veterinarian malpractice suits, pet custody issues, challenging municipal bylaws regarding animals, defence of “dangerous” dogs, and general contract disputes.
She founded the first Animal Law section of the Canadian Bar Association and is the founder and current Chair of the Animal Law section, B.C. Branch. She volunteers a lot of her time to animal welfare causes and sits on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Humane Society.
Rebeka is also an adjunct law professor in Animal Law at UBC, and is a frequent lecturer and speaker at various events and media programs. Rebeka has experience at all levels of court including, the Provincial, Supreme and Court of Appeal courts in British Columbia, and the Supreme Court of Canada.