Harley Schachter is one of the founding partners of the Winnipeg law firm of Duboff Edwards Haight & Schachter. His practice focuses on all types of litigation and alternate dispute resolution, including Aboriginal law, Constitutional law, Insurance law and civil litigation.
Practicing for close to 30 years, Harley appears in all levels of courts, and has significant experience in the superior courts in several provinces, including Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia, the Federal Courts and in the Supreme Court of Canada.
In addition to being legal counsel representing Aboriginal groups in a number of precedent setting Aboriginal and Treaty rights cases and Judicial Review cases, Harley has negotiated numerous multi-million dollar out-of-court settlements, including a number of major Hydro settlements.
Harley is experienced in the field of Alternate Dispute Resolution, and helped develop the dispute resolution model on which the Indian Residential School Independent Assessment Process was based, and has helped Aboriginal communities resolve significant internal governance disputes.
Harley is a past two-term chair of the Aboriginal law subsection of the Manitoba Bar Association, and taught Aboriginal law at the University of Winnipeg. He speaks from time to time on a wide range of topics at various symposia and continuing education conferences which are organized by private organizations, bar associations, and law societies.
Harley is often consulted by, and collaborates with many other Aboriginal rights lawyers across the country who, like Harley, strive for excellence. He considers his greatest achievements to be not the battles that have been won, but the people he has helped along the way, and the relationships that have been forged in the process.
Harley attended the University of Manitoba’s Robson Hall Law School graduating in 1983. Called to the Manitoba Bar in 1984 and the British Columbia Bar in 1999, he assists clients from across the country from the firm’s Vancouver and Winnipeg offices.