The Honourable Alan S. Diner
Justice Diner received a Bachelor of Laws in 1993 and a Master of Laws in Trade and Competition Law in 1998, both from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Bars of Ontario (1995) and New York (2005). He received the Certified Specialist in Immigration Law designation from the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2013.
Prior to being appointed to the Federal Court in June, 2014, Justice Diner headed Baker & McKenzie LLP’s immigration practice, where he was recognized as a leading practitioner in peer-reviewed services such as the Who’s Who, Lexpert, Martindale Hubbell and [UK]. He published widely in various legal and industry publications. He also practiced administrative law with two other leading firms in Toronto, including immigration, trade and competition law. Justice Diner’s prior roles included managing the establishment and implementation of Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program for the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, as well as other public sector work. Prior to his call to the Bar, Justice Diner served as a law clerk to Mr. Justice J. K. Hugessen of the Federal Court of Appeal.
Mr. Justice Diner has always been active in community service, having served on various not-for-profit Boards. He mentored various individuals from new immigrants to new lawyers, and spoke on behalf of organizations. Pro bono work included representing refugees. Recognition for his civic involvement includes being named one of Canada’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants (2014), and receiving awards such as a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, Sue Ryan Memorial Award (CERC), and Crescent School’s Alumnus of the Year (2013).