Christine Laviolette  

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

Christine Laviolette provides advocacy, legal advisory and dispute resolution services to health care organizations and health care professionals. She specializes in civil litigation, mental health law and regulatory law. She has appeared before the Court of Appeal, Superior Court of Justice and various Boards and Tribunals. She also advises major corporations and start-up entities on a wide range of provincial and federal health-related regulations across Canada, helping them to establish operations and ensure they are compliant with the applicable regulatory frameworks. Recent examples include advising entities which are engaged in or considering telemedicine and providing advice with respect to cannabis.

Christine is passionate about her health law practice. She is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, Health Law Section Executive, and regularly writes and speaks on current health law issues.

Representative Work

Christine's representative work includes:

  • hospitals, healthcare clinics and community care access centres, and their employees, in medical malpractice and other civil lawsuits;
  • forensic mental health facilities before the Ontario Review Board and on appeals of those decisions at the Court of Appeal; and
  • health care providers before the Consent and Capacity Board.

Publications & Presentations

  • Seminar Leader, "Medical Professional Legal Issues" and "Informed Consent," University of Toronto Medical School, 2016-present.
  • Organizer and Moderator, "Mental Illness and the Law: a Practitioner's Introduction," OBA Health Law and Criminal Law Sections panel presentation/webinar, April 2018.
  • Co-Author, "Impact of the All Family Are Equal Act, 2016 for Surrogate Births," BLG's Health Law Monitor, March 2018.
  • Co-Author, "Ministry Focuses on Transparency in the Ontario Health Care Sector," BLG's Health Law Bulletin, December 2017.
  • Co-Author, "All Families Are Equal Act," BLG's Health Law Monitor, November 2017.
  • Speaker, "Suicide Assessment in the Emergency Department: Legal Considerations," Canadian Psychiatric Association Conference, September 2017.
  • Speaker, "Medical Cannabis in Retirement Homes," Together We Care Conference, April 2017.
  • Co-Author, "Medical Cannabis," BLG's Top 10 Legal Risks for Business in 2017,   January 2017.
  • Speaker, "The Legal Importance of Documentation, Charting, and Transfer of Accountability," Trillium Health Partners, October 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Guidance for Health Care Organizations on the New Cannabis Regulations," Risk Management in Canadian Health Care, October 2016.
  • Speaker, "The Legal Importance of Documentation and Charting," Guelph General Hospital, September 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Guidance for Health Care Organizations on the New Cannabis Regulations," BLG's Health Law Bulletin, August 2016.
  • Speaker, "Reuse, Reprocessing and Risk: The Legal Issues," Medical Devices Quality and Risk Management, Ontario Hospital Association Conference, June 2016.