Valerie Wise is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Health Law. She is a member of both the Law Society of Ontario and the State Bar of California (Inactive).
She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1990, and clerked for the Right Honourable Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada. She obtained her Master of Laws degree from UCLA in 1992.
Valerie practiced a mix of civil and commercial litigation for the first 13 years of her career in Los Angeles, London (Ontario), and Toronto, but has practiced exclusively in the area of health law since 2005. She has extensive trial and appellate experience and has appeared before many administrative tribunals, including health 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.
She has represented a wide variety of health professionals (chiropractors, dentists, denturists, hygienists, midwives, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists, physicians and pharmacists) in civil litigation and with respect to proceedings before their regulatory bodies. She has also advised and represented national and provincial health professional associations on a broad range of issues, and has advised base hospitals throughout the province on issues involving paramedic deactivation and decertification. Valerie lectures and publishes on various aspects of health law and trial advocacy, and is a member of the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto (Past-President), the OBA Health and Administrative Law Sections, ADR (Executive Member) Sections, the Hamilton Medical-Legal Society, the Toronto Lawyer’s Association, the Advocates’ Society, and the Halton Law Association.