Kate Crawford

National Business Leader, Health

Toronto
KCrawford@blg.com
416.367.6729

Kate's disputes practice is focused on civil litigation, specializing on complex medical malpractice and public law actions, and class actions.

Outside of civil litigation, Kate practices administrative law with a special focus on physician credentialing issues. Kate also represents health care clients before tribunals, public inquiries, inquests and other types of proceedings.

Kate also provides day-to-day general counsel-type advice to executive teams at hospitals, long term care facilities and retirement homes, providing strategic day-to-day advice on risk management, crisis response and policy issues.

Experience

  • Kate was lead counsel representing the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in defeating certification in a proposed class action regarding the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory: R.G. v The Hospital for Sick Children 2018 ONSC 7058,R.G. v. The Hospital for Sick Children, 2019 ONSC 5696 (CanLII).
  • Pierro v. Hospital for Sick Children, 2016 CanLII 22788 (ON HPARB)- successfully representing the Hospital in resisting the jurisdiction of HPARB on the matter of a proposed interim suspension from an administrative position pending an investigation, companion case to Dr. Agostino Pierro v. The Hospital for Sick Children, 2016 ONSC 2987 (CanLII).
  • Toronto East General Hospital (now Toronto East Health Network) - representing the Hospital at the JKE Inquest, a triple inquest into police encounters with people in crisis.
  • Goudge Inquiry into Paediatric Forensic Pathology – representing the Hospital for Sick Children in the Goudge Inquiry.
  • Scott v. Quinte Health Care Corporation, 2012 CanLII 31018 (ON HPARB) – representing the hospital at the Health Professionals Appeal and Review Board regarding the privileges of Dr. Peter Scott.
  • Latin v. Hospital for Sick Children, 2007 CanLII 34 (ON SC) – successfully representing Hospital for Sick Children and two nurses in litigation regarding the care provided in the emergency department.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member Canadian Bar Association
  • Member Medico-Legal Society of Toronto
  • Member Ontario Bar Association Health Law Section and Class Actions Section
  • Member, The Advocates Society

Community Involvement

  • Member Amref Canada Board of Directors
  • Chair BLG VS campaign- internal fundraising for SickKids VS campaign
  • Member, "Tower Power" Fundraising Committee - Internal fundraising for Sick Kids Research and Learning Tower

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Health Care Law, Medical Negligence, Personal Injury Litigation). Recognized since 2016 for Health Care Law and Medical Negligence
  • Recognized in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Medical Negligence)
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a "Future Star"
  • 2016 Lexpert Rising Star Winner.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2005
  • LLB, Queen's University, 2004
  • BA (HONS.) in Cultural Anthropology, University of Toronto, 1999