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The First Annual Med-Mal Luncheon Part 1: Trials & Tribulations of Experts: Lessons Learned from Recent Cases

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.25
15 minutes
Substantive: 0.75
45 minutes
Jill McCartney
Shauna Powell
Valerie Wise
Middlesex Law Association
1 hour
$99.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

We will be discussing “Top 10” lessons learned based on recent trial experiences, specifically focused on dealing with experts. The cases are: Butler v. Royal Victoria Hospital, 2017 ONSC 2792) and Peller v. Ogilvie-Harris, 2018 ONSC 725.


Jill McCartney

Jill McCartney is a partner at Siskinds LLP. Her practice is focused exclusively to health law litigation. She represents injured clients in medical negligence cases, as well as medical product class actions. She has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, Court of Appeal, and Consent and Capacity Board. She has acted as counsel on several complex medical negligence trials. Jill is counsel on a number of complex medical product class actions, including transvaginal mesh, hernia mesh, and inferior vena cava filters.

Jill received her B.A. (Hon.) in Applied Health Sciences from the University of Waterloo. She received her LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario and was called to the Ontario bar in 2005. Since her call to the bar, Jill has completed a Master’s of Science degree with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine in Health Policy. Her graduate research focused on the disclosure of safety incidents involving pediatric patients. Jill is currently pursuing a further Master’s degree in Health Law with York University.

Jill is a Board Member with the Western University Health Sciences Research Ethics Board, which is responsible for reviewing research involving medical patients within London's health care community. She is also a member of the school Governance Committee at Matthew’s Hall, which is responsible for helping to ensure the school is in compliance with all applicable standards. Jill is a member of a number of professional organizations, including The Advocates’ Society. She has been a Co-Chair of The Advocates’ Society Courthouse Series in London for more than 10 years.

Shauna Powell

Shauna Powell’s practice has focused extensively on health law in the 20 years that she has been at Lerners. Shauna has significant experience providing representation to health professionals in both civil and administrative matters. She has successfully defended physicians against claims of medical negligence and has appeared as trial counsel in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on numerous occasions and as appellant counsel before Ontario’s Divisional Court and Court of Appeal. She also provides representation to physicians in matters before the College of Physicians and Surgeons including disciplinary matters and fitness to practice hearings. Shauna has frequently appeared before the Health Professions Appeal Board and has been involved in various inquests where medical physicians have required assistance. She also assists physicians in privileging matters, which has included representation of physicians before Credentialing Committees, Medical Advisory Committees and Hospital Boards. In addition to her work with physicians, Shauna has significant experience providing representation to chiropractors in civil litigation matters. Shauna has both a Canadian and U.S. law degree.

Valerie Wise

Valerie Wise graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1990. She clerked for the Right Honourable Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada and then obtained her Master of Laws degree from UCLA in 1992. She is a member of both the Law Society of Ontario and the State Bar of California (inactive). Valerie has practiced a mix of civil and commercial litigation throughout her career, but has practiced exclusively in the area of health law since 2005. Valerie has been certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in health law since 2012.

Valerie practiced for 8 years in London, Ontario, before relocating to the GTA. Just over 5 years ago, she founded Wise Health Law – a boutique law firm focused on the practice of health law, primarily representing individual health professionals and organizations in civil litigation and with respect to regulatory matters.

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