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.

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)

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)

“Interim Suspensions Under the Regulated Health Professions Act”, Article, OBA Institute, Health Law Section, February 7, 2019

“Trial and Tribulations of Experts: Lessons Learned from Recent Cases”, Presentation to Middlesex Law Association Med-Mal Luncheon, January 23, 2019

“Medico-Legal Society of Toronto’s Spring Bouquet”, Chair of Program, April 11, 2018

“Can the College Do That? Avoiding and Managing College Complaints”, Presentation to CanDEC Symposium, November 25, 2017

“Medico-Legal Society of Toronto’s Spring Bouquet”, Chair of Program, April 25, 2017

“Changes to the RHPA and Bill 87: What the Changes Mean for Regulated Health Professionals”, Presentation to Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, January 25, 2017

“Informed Consent”, Presentation to Medical Staff Association, Lakeridge Health, September 20, 2016

“The Importance of Effective Charting and Documentation”, Presentation to Trillium Health Partners, Interdisciplinary Rounds, Oct 2015

“Can We All Get Along?” Presentation to Medical Staff Association, Lakeridge Health, September 29, 2015

“Guiding Principles and Current Trends”, Presentation to the Complaints Committee of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, July 15, 2015

“Health Law ‘Hot Topics’”, Presentation to the Denturist Association of Ontario at Annual General Meeting, April 11, 2015

“Spousal Treatment Under the RHPA”, Presentation to the OBA Health Law Section, November 26, 2014

“Spousal Exception to Sexual Abuse”, Osgoode Certificate Program in the Regulation and Discipline of the Health Care Sector, June 2, 2014

“Civil Commitment under the Mental Health Act: Does ‘Brian’s Law’ Go Too Far?” Chair of Panel Discussion, OBA Health Law Section, November 26, 2013

“HPRAC Recommends Changes to RHPA to Permit Treatment of Spouses.” OBA Health Matters, Vol. 22, No. 2. OBA Health Law Section, April 2013

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

“Section 75 Investigations vs Quality Assurance Assessments”, Presentation to Denturist Association of Ontario Perfecting Your Practice, September 2012

“Treatment of Spouses by Regulated Health Professionals”, Presentation to Denturist Association of Ontario Perfecting Your Practice, September 2012

“Informed Consent”, Presentation to Denturist Association of Ontario Perfecting Your Practice, September 2012

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

“CDO Audit”, Presentation at Denturist Association of Ontario AGM, April 2012

“HPRAC Referral re Spousal Treatment”, Presentation to CORPHA, November 2011

“Paramedic Certification: A Legal Case Review”, Presentation to the Ontario Base Hospital Group, 2011 Annual Conference, May 2011

“Leering Decision”, Presentation to CORPHA, February 2011

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

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)

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

Registrant, Law Society of Upper Canada

Non-Active Member, State Bar of California

Inquiries

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