Matthew Woodley


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2000 – B.A., University of Alberta (with Honours)
2003 – LL.B., University of Alberta
2004 – Admitted to the Alberta Bar
2007 – Admitted to the Northwest Territories Bar
2009 – LL.M., University of New South Wales
2010 – Admitted to the Yukon Bar

Practice Areas

Administrative Law, Constitution & Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Media & Defamation Law, Municipal Law, Labour & Employment, Professional Regulatory


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 teaches Administrative Law at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. 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.

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

Awards & Achievements

  • Recognized as a “Leading Practitioner” in the areas of Litigation – Defamation & Media and Employment Law by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2017-2021)

Educational Leadership

  • Instructor, Administrative Law, University of Alberta Faculty of Law
  • Past Lecturer, Grant MacEwan University: “Communications Law”

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Alberta Law Reform Institute
  • Past Public Member, Board of Governors of NAIT
  • Past Board Member, Centre for Constitutional Studies – University of Alberta