Edona C. Vila  


Executive Summary

Edona defends corporations, insurers, and public institutions in claims arising from consumer products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, professional negligence, disability/life/accidental death insurance, and construction disputes. She is committed to providing strategic and pragmatic solutions in every case through an integrated blend of preparation and understanding of her client's business. Edona regularly advocates on behalf of clients and has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Edona's previous legal experience includes working within the in-house legal departments of a global pharmaceutical company and two leading Ontario hospitals. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Edona worked as a Management Consultant with a focus in the health care industry and as a Medical Radiation Technologist at five teaching and community hospitals in Ontario.

Edona's academic training in life and medical radiation sciences, and graduate degree in management of innovation, assist her in the defence of claims involving complex scientific and technical factual matrix.

In addition to serving as a mentor to law students at BLG, Edona enjoys contributing to the legal community. She has a special interest in the intersection of innovation and the law, as well as promoting diversity and inclusion in the profession. She serves on the Board of the Toronto Lawyers Association.

Representative Work

  • ​Representing drug manufacturers related to pharmaceutical product litigation as a result of alleged adverse reactions.
  • Acting as litigation counsel for automobile manufacturers alleging product defects.
  • Representing medical device manufacturer in claims involving design manufacturing, and marketing defects.
  • Representing manufacturers in fire loss claims related to alleged product defects.
  • Acting as litigation counsel in the defence of professional negligence and breach of contract claims against engineers, architects, and other design professionals.
  • Acting as litigation counsel for public institutions, including municipalities, in relation to infrastructure and professional negligence disputes. 
  • Defending insurers in litigation arising from denials of long term and short term disability benefits.
  • Representing insurers and insureds on subrogated and non-subrogated claims.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author, Insuring Automated Vehicles: Insurance Bureau of Canada Recommends "Single Insurance Policy", The Sensor: Legal Insights into Autonomous Vehicles, November 2018 (with Robert Love).

  • Moderator, "Automated Vehicles", The Future is Here- Opportunities and Challenges Arising from Innovation, 18th Annual Regulatory Affairs Symposium, Insurance Bureau of Canada, November 15, 2018.

  •  Co-Presenter, "Insurance in the era of IoT: Risks and Opportunities",  Insurance Institute of Ontario, September 28, 2018 (with George Wray).  

  • Co-Author, "Product Liability of Digital Health Technologies: A Canadian perspective on Regulatory and Litigation Developments", Healthcare and Life Sciences Law News (Vol 3, No 1, September 2018), Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Committee of the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association (with Glenn Zakaib).

  • Speaker, "An Overview of a Civil Action", BLG Seminar, August 14, 2018.

  • Panelist, "Robotics and the Law", BLG Seminar, August 1, 2018 (with Jeffrey Graham and Lisa Chamandy).

  • Co-Author, "Destructive Testing Marks Start of Two-Year Limitation Period in Product Claim", ITL Bulletin, August 2018 (with George Wray).  

  • Co-Author, Product Liability of Digital Health Technologies: A Canadian perspective on Regulatory and Litigation Developments, forthcoming (with Glenn Zakaib).

  • Co-Author, New Guidelines from Transport Canada on Automated Vehicle Testing, BLG Publications, July 2018 (with Robert Love).

  • Co-Author, Automated Vehicles May Revolutionize Mobility But Perhaps Not Auto Insurance,  The Sensor: Autonomous Vehicles and Auto Insurance, July 2018 (with Robert Love).

  • Co-Author, "The Resurrection of the Innovator Liability Theory in Emerging U.S. Case Law and the Threat of Novel Applications in Canada", LifeSigns: Life Sciences Legal Trends in Canada, June 2018 (with Glenn Zakaib).