Daniel Girlando

Partner

Toronto
DGirlando@blg.com
416.367.6516

Daniel represents healthcare facilities and staff involved in medical malpractice and class action litigation. He provides legal advice with respect to:

  • privacy and security breach investigation and notification
  • physician credentialing
  • adverse event and risk management
  • other diverse issues that arise in healthcare sittings

Daniel regularly speaks on privacy and health law and, to give back to the profession, he teaches Health Law in Practice at Windsor University’s Faculty of Law and co-chairs the Osgoode Certificate in Health Law.

Called to the bar in Ontario and Québec, Daniel obtained his law degree at McGill University, where he was actively engaged with the McGill Human Rights Working Group's Access to Medicine Campaign.

He also attended the National Law School of India University in Bangalore during a semester abroad, and interned for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health in Mumbai. Prior to law school, Daniel worked for two years at AIDS Community Care Montreal (ACCM). He is fluent in English and French.

Experience

  • Defends hospital staff in medical malpractice as counsel to the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada
  • Represents hospitals facing large privacy breach class actions
  • Acted for hospital and successfully defended certification motion arising out the disclosure by former employees of patients’ contact information to RESP sales representative (Broutzas v. Rouge Valley Health System, 2018 ONSC 6315)
  • Acted for employers in successfully defending contractual termination provisions and wrongful dismissal claim (Oudin v. Centre Francophone de Toronto, 2016 ONCA 514)
  • Acted as co-counsel on the Hopkins v Kay 2015 ONCA 112 decision, which held that patients in Ontario have the option to sue for breach of privacy both under PHIPA and the common law tort of intrusion upon seclusion
  • Represented executive employee in wrongful dismissal claim, with successful motion to declare the contractual termination clause invalid and obtaining resolution (Paquette c. Quadraspec, 2014 ONCS 2431)

Beyond our Walls

Community Involvement

  • Teaches Health Law in Practice at Windsor University’s Faculty of Law
  • Chairs the Osgoode Professional Development’s Health Law Certificate
  • Member of Egale Canada’s Legal Issues Committee
  • Member of BLG’s Diversity and Inclusion Council

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Medical Negligence)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Québec, 2011
  • Ontario, 2011
  • BCL/LLB, McGill University, 2009 (including a semester at India University in Bangalore)
  • BA (Hons.), McGill University, 2004