Bio

For almost 25 years, Valerie has assisted health care professionals facing a civil lawsuit or College complaint pursue fair process and the best possible outcomes.  Valerie partners with her clients to ensure they understand what is happening to them and are involved in the strategic decisions being made.  Valerie is a fearless advocate who doggedly pursues fairness for her clients.

Valerie has extensive litigation experience, having successfully defended numerous contested discipline hearings at various Colleges and having litigated complex medical malpractice cases at both the trial and appellate level.  Valerie understands College process, from beginning to end, and toils in the trenches on a daily basis for her clients, representing members (not regulators).

Valerie has dedicated most of her practice to health law since 1995, and has done it exclusively since 2005.  Valerie has been Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Health Law since 2012.

Associations

The Advocates Society (Member of Regulatory and Administrative Law Practice Group 2018-19)

Medico-Legal Society of Toronto (Past-President 2016-17; and Member of Council since 2008)

ADR Institute of Canada and ADR Institute of Ontario (Member)

CBA and OBA: OBA – Health Law Section, (Member of Executive 2011 to 2014);
Administrative Law Section (Member of Executive 2018-19);
Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (Member of Executive 2017-18);

Halton County Law Association

Hamilton Medical Legal Society

Toronto Lawyer Association

AdvantAge Ontario (firm membership)

Ontario Long Term Care Association (firm membership)

Ontario Retirement Communities Association (firm membership)

Cases

Lafferty v. Brindley, 2001 CanLII 2578 (ON SC)

Family and Children’s Services of St. Thomas and Elgin v. W.F., 2005 CanLII 5854 (ON SC)

Chaoulli v. Quebec (Attorney General), [2005] 1 S.C.R. 791

Mazur v. Elias, 2005 CanLII 11390 (ON CA)

Harrison v Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital, 2006 CanLII 33670 (Ont. Div. Ct.)

Scheerer v Waldbillig, 2006 CanLII 6460 (Ont. Div. Ct.)

Denturist Association of Ont. v. College of Denturists of Ont., 2010 ONSC 6962 (Div. Ct.)

F.G. v A.O., D.C., 2010 CanLII 98696 (ON HPARB)

Lafontaine v v Board of Governors (Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre), 2011 CanLII 26865 (ON HPARB)

Haigh v. College of Denturists, 2011 ONSC 2152 (Div. Ct.)

Brown v. Wahl, 2015 ONSC 1328 (CanLII)

Verombeck v. Jerome, 2015 ONSC 2272 (CanLII)

Larusson v. Wein, 2016 ONSC 5391 (CanLII)

Butler et al. v. Royal Victoria Hospital, 2017 ONSC 2792, appeal dismissed 2018 ONCA 409

S.R., MD v F.V.R., 2017 CanLII 86564 (ON HPARB)

A.J.S., MD v M.K.F., 2017 CanLII 66303 (ON HPARB)

C.R., MD v D.B., MD et al., 2017 CanLII 65463 (ON HPARB)

The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario v. Registrant M, RMT, 2018 ONCMTO 12 (CanLII)

A.I.M., MD v R.J., 2018 CanLII 69986 (ON HPARB)

L.P., DD v B.R., DD, 2018 CanLII 115855 (ON HPARB)

Publications & Presentations

Interviewee, CBC White Coat Black Art, “How One Doctor Fought Her Bullies and Won” (May 2019)

Chair, Medico-Legal Society of Toronto’s Annual Spring Bouquet (May 2019)

Author, Ontario Bar Associate’s Health Law Institute, “Interim Suspensions under the Regulated Health Professions Act” (February 2019)

Presenter, Middlesex Law Association Med-Mal Luncheon, “Trial and Tribulations of Experts: Lessons Learned from Recent Cases” (January 2019)

Chair, Medico-Legal Society of Toronto’s Annual Spring Bouquet (April 2018)

Presenter, CanDEC Symposium, “Can the College Do That? Avoiding and Managing College Complaints” (November 2017)

Chair, Medico-Legal Society of Toronto’s Annual Spring Bouquet (April 2017)

Presenter, Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, “Changes to the RHPA and Bill 87: What the Changes Mean for Regulated Health Professionals” (January 2017)

Presenter, Lakeridge Health’s Medical Staff Association, “Informed Consent” (September 2016)

Presenter, Trillium Health Partners’ Interdisciplinary Rounds, “The Importance of Effective Charting and Documentation” (October 2015)

Presenter, Lakeridge Health’s Medical Staff Association, “Can We All Get Along?” (September 2015)

Presenter, Professional Engineers of Ontario’s Complaints Committee, “Guiding Principles and Current Trends” (July 2015)

Presenter, Denturist Association of Ontario’s Annual General Meeting, “Health Law ‘Hot Topics’” (April 2015)

Presenter, Ontario Bar Association’s Health Law Section, “Spousal Treatment under the RHPA” (November 2014)

Faculty, Osgoode’s Certificate Program in the Regulation and Discipline of the Health Care Sector, “Spousal Exception to Sexual Abuse” (June 2014)

Chair, Ontario Bar Association’s Health Law Section, “Civil Commitment under the Mental Health Act: Does ‘Brian’s Law’ Go Too Far?” (November 2013)

Author, Ontario Bar Association, “HPRAC Recommends Changes to RHPA to Permit Treatment of Spouses” (April 2013)

Presenter, Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, “Treatment of Spouses: Can you or Can’t You?” (January 2013)

Presenter, Denturist Association of Ontario’s Perfecting Your Practice, “Section 75 Investigations vs Quality Assurance Assessments” (September 2012)

Presenter, Denturist Association of Ontario’s Perfecting Your Practice, “Treatment of Spouses by Regulated Health Professionals” (September 2012)

Presenter, Denturist Association of Ontario’s Perfecting Your Practice, “Informed Consent” (September 2012)

Presenter, Canadian Defence Lawyers’ Professional Liability Claims, “Defending Professionals When Parallel Regulatory Proceedings are Pending” (April 2012)

Presenter, Denturist Association of Ontario’s Annual General Meeting, “CDO Audit” (April 2012)

Presenter, Coalition of Ontario Regulated Health Profession Associations, “HPRAC Referral re Spousal Treatment” (November 2011)

Presenter, Ontario Base Hospital Group’s Annual Conference, “Paramedic Certification: A Legal Case Review” (May 2011)

Presenter, Coalition of Ontario Regulated Health Profession Associations, “Leering Decision” (February 2011)

Chair, Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, “Rosenhek Decision” (April 2010)

Pro Bono

Volunteer Mediator, Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre

Guest Instructor, Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop, Osgoode CPD, 2008 to 2014

Mock Trial Mentor Coach for Garth Webb Secondary School, OJEN-Halton High School Mock Trial Project (2016)

Career Coach, Women as Career Coaches, Halton Industry Education Council (2014, 2015, 2018)

Legal Tutor, Medical Legal Workshop for Medical Students, University of Toronto (2013 and 2014)

Licenses

Ontario (1995)

California (1992) (non-active member)

Certified as a Specialist in Health Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada

Practices

Inquiries

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.