Cynthia (Cindy) Clarke

National Group Head, Specialized Disputes

Toronto
CClarke@blg.com
416.367.6203

As one of BLG’s most senior leaders who sits on our National Management Committee, Cindy acts as a liaison and relationship manager for our major clients. She works closely with two of our significant clients, one of our primary health care clients and one of our leading financial institution clients, as the relationship partner.

In her role with our health care client, she is both a trusted advisor to the client and a relationship driver for the firm. She is actively involved in many of the client’s files, bringing her experience in health care disputes to defend hospitals and other health organizations and professionals in medical malpractice suits. She also leads the client team at BLG, and oversees the firm’s alternative fee arrangement for our litigation portfolio with the client.

For the financial institution client, Cindy is the point of contact for the firm, liaising with the client’s general counsel and assembling the appropriate representation within the firm to handle their needs.

Within BLG, Cindy is the National Group Head, Specialized Disputes and as such is a member of our National Management Committee. As National Group Head, Cindy is responsible for leading and overseeing more than 150 lawyers across four national disputes groups - Health, Labour & Employment, Insurance & Tort and Environment & Land Use Planning.

In her practice, Cindy represents hospitals and health organizations in complex, multi-million dollar medical malpractice actions. She also represents product manufacturers in product liability actions involving products with health effects, including pharmaceutical class actions.

Experience

  • Acts as defence counsel multiple hospitals in defence of complex, multi-million dollar medical malpractice actions.
  • Acts as defence counsel in a multi-million dollar class action and two of Canada’s healthcare costs recovery actions, including representation of Purdue Canada in various class actions initiated across Canada.
  • Defending Trillium Gift of Life Network and University Health Network in application seeking declaration of a Charter violation due to management of wait list for liver transplants and in injunction brought by individual seeking urgent placement on the transplant list after declaration he was not eligible for a transplant.
  • Acts as defence counsel in a multi-million dollar class action and two of Canada’s healthcare costs recovery actions.
  • Ceretti v. Hamilton Health Sciences-McMaster Children's Hospital - Represented a Regional Autism Program run by Hamilton Health Sciences in a Judicial Review Application by a family seeking to prevent the Program from discharging a child from its services.
  • El Roubi/Lopez Inquest - Represented the Central CCAC in the only inquest in Ontario to investigate the long-term care sector, which inquired into the deaths of Mr. Lopez and Mr. El Roubi following an assault by another resident.
  • King/Bertrand Inquest – Represented Purdue Pharma in inquiry into the use and misuse of OxyContin arising from the deaths of Mr. King and Ms. Bertrand.
  • Assists senior hospital leadership and Medical Advisory Committees on physician privileges issues.
  • Advises hospital leadership on managing disruptive physician behaviour and quality of care issues.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Ontario Bar Association, Health Law and Civil Law sections
  • Member, The Advocates' Society
  • Member Medico Legal Society of Toronto
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, Professional LLM – Health Law, Health Facilities Course
  • Former Program Director, Certificate in Health Law, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Former Advisor/Instructor, M.Sc. in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, University of Toronto; Instructor, Risk Management
  • Member of the Holland Group

Community Involvement

  • Advisor, Pro Bono Law Ontario and Sick Kids Legal Clinic
  • Past President of Volunteer Board, Canadian Mothercraft Society
  • Member of Women United – Advocate level

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 and previous edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Healthcare - Nationwide).
  • Recognized in the 2021 and previous editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Administrative and Public Law, Health Care Law, Medical Negligence, Personal Injury Litigation).
  • Recipient of a 2018 Lexpert® Zenith Award – Celebrating Mid-Career Excellence.
  • Recognized in the edition of Benchmark Top 25 Women in Litigation in Canada.
  • Recognized in Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Ontario" (Construction, Health, Product Liability).
  • Recipient of the Women's Executive Network (WXN) Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.
  • Exclusive winner of the Lexology Client Service Award in the Healthcare & Life Sciences category in Canada and Ontario.
  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Class Actions, Medical Negligence).
  • Named one of Lexpert®'s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40.
  • Recognized as a 2019 Acritas Star

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 1999
  • LLB, University of Western Ontario, 1997
  • BA, Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, 1993