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


Minister of Justice Receives Request for Moratorium on Medically Assisted Deaths

We previously blogged about a London, Ontario man with a serious neurological disability who filed an unprecedented lawsuit against health officials claiming that instead of offering him assisted home care by a team of his choice, the only options presented were hospital discharge or medically assisted death. The man is seeking “assisted life” instead and … Continued


Major Decision Expected This Month On End of Life Decision Making

We’ve previously blogged about end of life decision making and current Canadian guidelines on brain death. This week, we delve into a lengthy legal battle over whether a 27-year-old woman can be taken off life support. The dispute is expected to come to end this month with a decision that will determine who gets to … Continued


CPSO Suspends Physician for Inducing Labour Without Obtaining Patient Consent

In early April, the College of Physicians and Surgeons’ (CPSO) Discipline Committee found that an obstetrician/gynecologist had committed an act of professional misconduct and also found him to be incompetent. The physician was suspended. Events Leading to the Physician’s Resignation In February 2013, the hospital in which the physician worked had been informed that a … Continued


New Goudge Report Makes Recommendations on How the CPSO Can Streamline the Physician Complaint Review Process

Following an investigation into the practices of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has released the Honourable Justice Stephen Goudge’s 2016 report  making a number of recommendations on how the CPSO can streamline its complaint review process. The Investigation The Ministry had retained Justice Goudge to … Continued


Ontario Court Rules on Registration Requirement for Registered Nurses

A registered nurse (RN) appealed a decision of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB or the Board) which had refused to annul the nurse’s first unsuccessful writing of the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE). Since the RN had failed the CRNE three times, she was unable to register as an RN. The Superior … 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.