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


Ontario’s Chief Coroner Recommends Changes to Death Investigations and Reporting in Wake of Wettlaufer Deaths

Ontario’s Chief Coroner, Dr. Dirk Huyer, testified in the ongoing Wettlaufer inquiry this week, outlining how deaths in long-term care homes have been reported and investigated by his office to date, and making recommendations on what should happen going forward. Complex Challenges Facing Coroners Dr. Huyer, who began testifying this past Monday, outlined some complex … Continued


New Regulations Require Reporting of Medically Unfit Drivers to the Ministry of Transportation

As of July 2018, physicians, optometrists, and nurse practitioners are required, by law, to inform the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) of any patients who may be medically unfit to drive. The reporting requirements include a prescribed list of high-risk medical conditions, vision conditions, and functional impairments that must be brought to the MTO’s attention. Conditions … Continued


HPARB Confirms Physician Adhered Too Rigidly to Clinic Rules and Procedures to the Detriment of Patient Care

The Health Professions Appeal and Review Board confirmed a decision by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) to advise a physician that his focus should be on clinical care and a sick child rather than on a clinic’s rules and procedures and a families … Continued


Medically Assisted Death Increases in Canada by 30%

We’ve previously blogged about medical assistance in dying (MAID), including a challenge filed to the CPSO’s policy on effective referral for assisted dying and a request for the Justice Minister to grant an immediate moratorium on all medically assisted deaths until governing legislation is changed to ensure that all necessary services are in place to … Continued


Facing Your Complainant: Having Key Witnesses Testify in Person at College Proceedings

Members who have been referred to discipline on the basis of allegations that they deny are typically anxious to have an opportunity to cross-examine the complainant levelling the accusations. What if the College then proposes that the complainant attend by Skype? Wise Health Law recently successfully defeated a motion by a regulatory college seeking an … 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.