Randy Michael Zettle  

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

Randy Zettle practises exclusively in the areas of health law and personal injury litigation. He is a senior associate in the Health Law Group in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. His practice focuses on defending hospitals and their staff in medical malpractice actions. As well, he is frequently involved in the personal injury aspects of matters on behalf of large corporate clients.

In addition to being a lawyer, Randy is also a physician. While he spends the majority of his time at BLG, he is licensed to practise medicine in the Province of Ontario and maintains a part-time medical practice. He frequently authors articles and delivers presentations on a variety of healthcare topics, including the importance of documentation, Medical Directives and various other risk management topics.

Representative Work

  • Defending hospitals and their staff in medical malpractice actions.
  • Providing medico-legal analysis of complex health law and personal injury claims.
  • Appearing at Coroner's inquests on behalf of hospitals and their staff.
  • Providing legal advice to hospitals on a variety of health law related topics.
  • Providing legal opinions to hospitals and other healthcare organizations on issues arising from their provision of healthcare services.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, “Triage and Ambulance Off-Load Delays: A Legal Analysis,” Webinar, The Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC), June 2012.
  • Speaker, “Documentation – A Legal Perspective,” Lecture to Registered Practical Nursing students, George Brown College, February 2011.
  • Speaker, “Cerebral Palsy and Assisted Conception,” Obstetrical Malpractice: A Survival Guide for 2011, Mount Sinai Hospital, January 2011 (with N. Saunders).
  • Speaker, “Medical Directives – What are the Risks?” Principles and Applications of Health Law Course, Ontario Hospital Association, May 2009.
  • Speaker, “Emergency Department Risk Management,” Federated Press Conference Managing the Emergency Department, April 2009 (with William D.T. Carter).
  • Speaker, “Medical Directives – a Panacea for Healthcare?” Presentation to Chief Medical Leaders at Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO), September 2008.
  • Author, “The Correction of Hyponatremia – Minimizing the Risk of Cerebral Myelinolysis,” The HIROC Connection, March 2008.
  • Speaker, “Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia and Kernicterus – A Legal Perspective,” Grand Rounds presentation, The Ottawa Hospital, March 2007.
  • Speaker, “Telephone Advice and Medical Directives,” Obstetrical Malpractice: A Survival Guide for 2007, Mount Sinai Hospital, January 2007 (with K. Meadwell).
  • Author, “The Importance of Follow-Up Systems – Diagnostic Imaging Studies, EKGs and Laboratory Results,” The HIROC Connection, March 2006.