Wise Health Law Professional Corporation

Health and Administrative Law

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Experienced Health Lawyers and Litigators

At Wise Health Law, we draw on more than 30 years of combined health law and litigation experience to provide clients with superior legal guidance and representation. We are a team of talented and dynamic problem solvers committed to serving Ontario’s health professionals and health organizations.

Top Reasons to Retain Wise Health Law

Expert Guidance

At Wise Health Law, we focus our practice on health and administrative law. We assist health professionals, health organizations, and national and provincial health professional associations find solutions to their legal problems.

Our founder, Valerie Wise, has been practicing health law for over 25 years and is certified as a Specialist in Health Law by the Law Society of Ontario. We are well-known in the legal, regulatory, and healthcare communities, and have been recognized for our knowledge and experience by other lawyers, professional associations, and regulatory colleges. We have extensive experience navigating through the medical, regulatory, and legal worlds and have built strong relationships with key players. We rely on this knowledge and experience to achieve excellent results for our clients in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Exceptional Advocacy

At Wise Health Law, we are passionate about helping health professionals and healthcare organizations understand and protect their legal rights. Our lawyers have significant trial and appellate experience, and will zealously represent clients whenever litigation is required.

We have successfully appeared before numerous administrative tribunals, including RHPA college discipline panels, boards of public hospitals, Coroner's Inquests, the Consent and Capacity Board, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board.

Our lawyers also have significant courtroom experience, and have argued before all levels of court. Valerie Wise began her career as a law clerk to the Right Honourable Antonio Lamer, the then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and, since then, has maintained an interest and active practice in appellate advocacy.

Due to our highly-specialized skill set in healthcare litigation, we often receive referrals from other lawyers and legal professionals. We welcome referrals and always respect the relationship between the client and the referring lawyer. We take seriously the responsibility to provide the highest standard of service on matters entrusted to us.

Client-Focused Approach

At Wise Health Law, we want our clients to be informed, supported, and included in the process. Our goal is to find effective solutions to complex legal disputes. We pride ourselves on our client-focused approach and in the strong relationships we build with each of the people and organizations we assist. Our team invests significant time and resources into meeting each of our clients’ needs, and in understanding their unique concerns and ultimate objectives.

Who Do We Help?

  • Regulated health professionals, including chiropractors, dentists, denturists, hygienists, midwives, naturopaths, nurses, occupational therapists, paramedics, physiotherapists, physicians and pharmacists, speech and language pathologists;
  • National and provincial health professional associations;
  • Retirement and long-term care homes;
  • Public hospitals;
  • Base hospital programs;
  • Regulatory bodies;
  • Healthcare clinics, including family health teams.

For Advice and Guidance on Health Law Matters Contact Wise Health Law

Contact the health lawyers at Wise Health Law for forward-thinking and expert advice about health law matters. For the convenience of our clients, we have offices in both Toronto and Oakville, Ontario, and are easily accessible. Contact us online, or at 416-915-4234 for a consultation.

From the Blog


Physician Avoids Lawyer’s SLAPP

The Ontario Court of Appeal has released a series of decisions interpreting Ontario’s new anti-gagging legislation known as the SLAPP provisions. SLAPP is the acronym for “a strategic lawsuit against public participation.” The goal of the legislation is to encourage public debate without the fear of legal reprisal. In the case discussed here a lawyer … Continued


Complaints and Conditions of Practice

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) receives and investigates complaints from patients about the conduct of physicians. The Inquiry, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) may make an interim order, following a complaint, imposing conditions on the practice of the physician pending the full hearing of the complaint. The order is made pursuant … Continued


Disclosure in Human Research

The legal relationship between physicians and their patients can be characterized in different ways depending on the circumstances establishing their association with one another and the complained of actions by the doctor.  The way in which the relationship is characterized in law impacts the potential causes of actions and remedies available. The most common relationship … Continued


Physicians & Psychosocial Care

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has released its report on the Status of Mental Health in Canada’s capital as of 2018. The goal was to produce a local surveillance report on the state of mental health across the population of Ottawa. The methodology used was a population-based model of health. The model was created by the … Continued


Sorry – The Hardest Word

“It’s sad, so sad Why can’t we talk it over? Oh, it seems to me That sorry seems to be the hardest word” ~ “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word”: Elton John Bad Medical Outcomes: Health care professionals are upset by bad outcomes. They accepted their callings because they wanted to help people and … Continued


At Wise Health Law, we restrict and focus our practice on our areas of expertise. We welcome referrals from other lawyers. We take seriously the responsibility to provide the highest standard of service on matters entrusted to us, and respect the relationship between the client and the referring lawyer.