Edona C. Vila  

Senior Associate

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