John J. Morris  

Senior Counsel

Executive Summary

With an extensive background in dispute resolution, John Morris has helped to build Canada’s leading health law practice. He acts for health-care providers throughout Ontario on a wide range of issues including medical malpractice, mental health law, quality of care and consent, and risk management. His experience includes a previous role as the National Leader of BLG’s Health Law Group and he continues to act as co-lead counsel to the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada.

John has appeared before all levels of Court in Ontario, as well as the Coroner's Office and numerous health-related administrative tribunals. He was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Enquiry on Mental Competency commissioned by the Minister of Health in 1989. In February 2007, he received the designation of Certified Specialist (Health Law) from the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a co-author of Canadian Nurses and the Law (2nd Edition) and Law for Canadian Health Administrators (2nd Edition).

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Representative Work

  • Regularly acts as counsel for numerous health facilities and health professionals throughout Ontario involving malpractice and product liability claims.
  • Advises CEOs, Board Chairs and senior leadership on a variety of health law issues, such as risk management, privacy, substitute decision-making, quality of care and reporting of adverse events, mental health law, regulated health professionals, consent and capacity, and health records.
  • Provides advice regarding negotiation and dispute resolution to senior administrators.
  • Frequently consults to the Ontario Hospital Association on health law issues.
  • Serves as lead counsel to the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada.

Publications & Presentations

  • Moderated Keynote Panel Speaker, “Can Law Meet Global Health Challenges? Perspectives from Medicine and Politics,” 2012 National Health Law Conference: Global Health Challenges & the Role of Law, May 2012.
  • Panellist, “Who To Sue: Who Are The Proper Parties,” Ontario Bar Association Conference: Medical Malpractice: A How To Guide, March 2012.
  • Speaker, “What to Expect in a Credentialing Board Hearing,” Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Credentialing for Health Care Providers and Trustees Conference, March 2012.
  • Panellist, “At What Gestational Age Should We Deliver Twins?” Mount Sinai Hospital’s 8th Annual Obstetrical Malpractice Conference: A Survival Guide for 2012, January 2012.
  • Speaker, “The Board’s Role in Quality & Safety of Care,” OHA Annual North West Sub-Region Conference – Health Care System Navigation and Performance – Achieving Success for a Truly Strong North, April 15 & 22, 2010.
  • Guest Speaker, “Moving Forward New Hospital Initiatives,” OHA/BLG Medical Staff Management Conference – Reporting: Medical Staff and the Media, February 2010.
  • Co-Author, Law for Canadian Health Care Administrators, 2nd Edition, LexisNexis, 2011.
  • Author, “Ahmed v. Stefaniu – Is the Sky Really Falling?” Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 2007.
  • Consulting Editor, Canadian Health Law Practice Manual, Butterworths, 2000.
  • Co-Author, Canadian Nurses and the Law, 2nd Edition, Butterworths, 1999.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition (and since 2014) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Administrative & Public Law, Health Care Law, Medical Negligence, Personal Injury Litigation).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2016) of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyer for Business (Healthcare (Band 1)).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2013) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Medical Negligence).
  • Recognized in the 2018 and 2016 editions of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (Health).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.