Magdalena Fish is a lawyer who provides legal advice to startups, established companies, individuals, and entrepreneurs in two of the fastest-growing emerging industries: cannabis, and unmanned aerial vehicles (otherwise known as drones).
Magdalena also provides legal research and drafting services to fellow civil and regulatory lawyers, as well as legal secondary source publishers.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Magdalena moved to Canada in 2010 and graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2013. In 2014 she was called to the Ontario Bar. Magdalena also holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from San Francisco State University, with minors in international relations and global peace, human rights and justice studies. She graduated summa cum laude as valedictorian of the Political Science department in 2008 (the equivalent of gold medalist in Canada), after attending all four years on a full merit scholarship.
Magdalena sees the law as a tool for facilitating social innovation, and legal cannabis and drones as two industries that are poised to change the world.
As someone who is passionate about cannabis and a long-time proponent of legalization, Magdalena was inspired to start her own cannabis practice by her desire to be involved in the historic transition from prohibition to regulation. She admires the creativity and tenacity of activists and entrepreneurs in the cannabis space, and is dedicated to providing excellent legal services to aid them in achieving their dreams.
Similarly, Magdalena believes that the commercialization of drones is a major technological leap forward that will change how we experience the world within our lifetimes. In her previous life as a municipal lawyer, Magdalena became an expert in the federal regulation of unmanned aerial vehicles, and has written several papers and spoken at conferences on the topic of drone regulation in Canada. She has also assisted in the drafting of internal drone use policies and procedures for an upper tier municipality in Ontario.
Prior to starting on her own, Magdalena worked as an associate at prominent civil litigation law firms in Toronto, practicing primarily municipal liability, product liability, insurance, franchise law, and commercial litigation. Highlights of her civil litigation career include: successfully defending a half million dollar breach of contract claim against the City of Markham to the Ontario Court of Appeal (Chinese Publications for Canadian Libraries v. Markham (City), 2018 ONCA 413); acting as outside litigation counsel for a major multinational manufacturer of electronics and appliances, defending product liability claims commenced all over Canada; and, acting for the franchisee of a popular health food restaurant in a territorial dispute that resulted in a favourable settlement for the franchisee.
In her spare time, Magdalena enjoys travelling, cooking, listening to music, and spending time with her dog.