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


Does a Health Professional have a Duty to Warn?

The Scenario Imagine you are referred a patient. During the clinical interview, your new patient describes their intention to kidnap, rape and then kill someone or some group of similar persons. You become convinced that this individual is clearly dangerous and poses a threat to the named individual or group. In your opinion, they will … Continued


Becoming an RPN in Ontario: Three Strikes and You’re Out

In a recent decision, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) reviewed the situation of a prospective registered practical nurse (RPN) who had become ineligible for registration into the profession after she failed the required Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination three times. Facts Registration as a nurse in Ontario is governed by Regulation 275/94 made … Continued


Professional Misconduct in Optometry: Wrongful Delegation

In a recent decision of the Discipline Committee (DC) of the College of Optometrists of Ontario (COO) allegations of professional misconduct were dealt with relating to the improper delegation of services. What Happened? The complainant/patient (CP) attended the member’s clinic for the first time in August of 2016. He wore eyeglasses and had undergone many … Continued


Getting Paid: The Physician Payment Review Board

The Physician Payment Review Board (PPRB) recently heard an appeal by a surgeon who had been denied payment for insured services by the General Manager of the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) for five surgeries he had performed on five patients. The denial of payment was based on s. 18(3) of the HIA on the basis that the … Continued


Physician Discipline: A Bad Bedside Manner

In a recent decision, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) confirmed an earlier decision of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (Committee) of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). The Committee had cautioned a physician about a) failing to communicate and behave appropriately and b) failing to maintain boundaries with a patient with … 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.