Kirsten Crain

Partner

Ottawa
KCrain@blg.com
613.787.3741
Kirsten's broad litigation practice includes commercial cases, intellectual property litigation, health sector cases and a wide range of administrative law matters.

She has conducted trials in the Federal Court, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Québec.  She has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Appeal.  She has appeared before numerous federal and provincial administrative tribunals and boards, including:

  • Patented Medicine Prices Review Board
  • Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
  • Canadian Judicial Council
  • National Energy Board
  • Ontario Energy Board
  • Health Professions Appeal & Review Board
  • Consent and Capacity Board
  • Coroner’s courts
Kirsten is a regular presenter at The Advocates' Society and Law Society of Ontario conferences.

Experience

  • Counsel for M-I L.L.C. a large multinational company supplying goods and services to oil and gas companies worldwide in a patent infringement case.  Federal Court trial October/November 2018, decision pending, Western Oilfield Equipment Rentals Ltd v. M-I L.L.C.
  • Counsel for a provincial Crown Corporation in a patent infringement case in the gaming sector, Safe Gaming Systems v. Atlantic Lottery Corporation and Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries Corporation, [2018] F.C.J. No. 567.
  • Counsel for corporations in the aerospace sector in a tort claim relating to the renewal of a supply agreement, 2Souce Manufacturing Inc. v. United Technologies Corporation, ONSC 4409, July 7, 2017.
  • Counsel for a corporation in the nuclear science sector and a federal Crown Corporation in an injunction proceeding for the delivery of irradiated cobalt pursuant to a supply agreement, Best Theratronics Ltd. v. Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd., [2016] O.J. No. 2398.
  • Counsel to hospitals in inquests under the Coroners Act.
  • Counsel for regulated health professionals in respect of disciplinary proceedings before various Colleges.
  • Counsel for the City of Ottawa in an appeal to the Federal Court of Appeal in respect of a decision of the Canadian Transportation Agency relating to a railway line operated by the City, City of Ottawa v. Canadian Transportation Agency.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Director, The Advocates' Society
  • Member, Access to Justice Task Force, The Advocates' Society
  • Member, Standing Committee on Advocacy and Practice, The Advocates' Society
  • Member, Civil Bench and Bar Committee
  • Skills Instructor, The Advocates’ Society
  • CCLA Awards Committee, 2015-present
  • Past Co-Chair of The Advocates' Society Women in Litigation Symposium, Ottawa
  • Past member The Advocates' Society 10+ Task Force, 2016-2017
  • Past member, CCLA Tremblant Committee

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 and 2019 editions of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Future Star.
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Litigation - Corporate Commercial, Litigation - Regulatory & Public Law and Medical Negligence).
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law and Medical Negligence) as the 2017 Ottawa Medical Negligence Lawyer of the YearAnd in the 2021 edition (Administrative and Public Law).
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition (and since 2015) of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Future Star: Ontario."
  • Recognized in Acritas Stars 2019: Independently Rated Lawyer (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel).
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition (and since 2013) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Medical Negligence). Also recognized in the 2018-2017 editions (Litigation — Public Law) and the 2018-2016 editions (Litigation — Corporate Commercial).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition (and since 2016) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Administrative and Public Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, Medical Negligence).

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2001
  • LL.B (Great Distinction, Dean’s Honour List), McGill University, 1999
  • M.Sc. (Distinction), London School of Economics and Political Science, 1996
  • B.A. in Economics (Distinction), McGill University, 1995