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Rebeka Breder B.A. Joint Honours, J.D.
After practising for over a decade in a large, leading downtown law firm in animal law and civil litigation, Rebeka draws on her extensive experience to offer efficient legal representation as a founding lawyer at Breder Law - Western Canada's first law firm to focus exclusively on animal law. She has experience at all levels of court and various tribunals. Rebeka’s passion for animal protection and welfare started at an early age, while she was growing up in Montreal. Rebeka is known as a trailblazer in developing Animal Law in Canada for over a decade. Rebeka founded the first Animal Law section of the Canadian Bar Association in Canada and is the founder and current Chair of the Animal Law section, B.C. Branch. She dedicates a lot of her time to animal protection causes and sits on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Humane Society.
Rebeka’s animal law practice includes: defending “dangerous” dogs, veterinary malpractice suits, general urban animal and wildlife matters, challenging government over the protection of animals, breeder disputes, condominium disputes involving companion animals and pet custody disputes. Rebeka acts exclusively in matters that can develop the rights and welfare of animals. See practice areas here.
Rebeka is a founder of the UBC Animal Law course, and she has been an Adjunct Professor. Rebeka is also a frequent lecturer at various speaking engagements and schools. The media also often interviews her on various topical issues in the news.
Rebeka was voted as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada, winning the Changemakers category in 2019 in Canadian Lawyer magazine.
Rebeka is fluent in English, French, and Serbo-Croatian, and she has knowledge of Hebrew and Yiddish. Rebeka lives in Metro Vancouver with her husband, daughter, and their rescue dog and cats, where they all enjoy British Columbia’s beautiful outdoors.
Noa Zwanenburg - Hogendoorn Animal Law Legal Assistant
Noa Zwanenburg - Hogendoorn started at Breder Law in December 2020. She grew up in the Netherlands and moved to Canada at a young age, where she started spending time with the family dogs, and asking all the neighbours to help with their pets. Noa is currently enrolled in the Legal Assistant Program at Capilano University, and is set to graduate in Spring 2021. Her goals include continuing her studies in the hope to become a paralegal, and adopting a four legged, tail wagging friend of her own.