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With a career spanning over 25 years, Cindy is widely recognized for her knowledge, experience and dedication to clients. She is one of BLG’s most senior leaders and sits on the National Management Committee, acting as a liaison and relationship partner for major clients of the firm.
As Toronto Regional Managing Partner, Cindy oversees the achievement of the Toronto office's strategic goals and objectives which include enhancing our engagement with and support of the Greater Hamilton and Toronto Area (GHTA) business community and our broader community.
In her practice, Cindy represents and is an advisor to many clients in the health sector focusing particularly on hospitals, defence of malpractice actions and representing her clients in all manner of civil and regulatory disputes. Cindy also has a class action defence practice focused on defending claims pertaining to misrepresentation of the health effects of a product or pharmaceutical. She is regularly recognized by colleagues as outstanding in her field by ranking bodies including Chambers Canada, Benchmark Litigation, Lexpert, Best Lawyers and many more.
Cynthia fournit des services juridiques par l’intermédiaire d’une société professionnelle.
“Clients value ‘the interpersonal skills, the problem-solving skills and mediating skills she brings.’ Other sources note: ‘She’s very practical. She’s very direct. She just has a wide base of knowledge to draw from.’”
"Clients highlight her ‘incredibly practical approach’ and also note that ‘she adapts to the audience,’ making ‘people feel comfortable and confident around her.’"
"Cindy finds ways to present solutions that are effective at de-escalation and problem resolution where possible and when that is not possible, she’s the person you want representing you in court!"
“A unique capacity to see beyond the law and provide advice that is practical and assists her clients in achieving their preferred end result.”
“Her ability to distill key elements of the law into critical, understandable elements is truly exceptional.”
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.
Co-Author, Law for Canadian Health Care Administrators, 2nd Edition, LexisNexis Canada
Guest Lecturer, “Legal Issues of Medical Errors”, University of Toronto, M.Sc. Patient Safety Health Law Session
Guest Lecturer, “Who Does What: How Legislation Influences Actions of Organizations in the Health Care System - A Review of the Management of Hospital Discharge”, University of Toronto, M.Sc. Patient Safety Health Law Session
Panelist, “Developing your Skills to become a Leader”, Justicia Symposium
Panelist/Speaker, “Legal Counsel Perspectives on Presenting and Defending a Claim”, HIROC Risk Management Conference
Speaker and Panelist, “Legal Issues of Medical Errors”, Canadian Winter School on Quality and Safety in Radiation Oncology
Speaker, “Best Practices in Physician Annual Reappointment, Performance Management and Disruptive Behaviour”, HIROC Annual Risk Management Conference (with Dr. H. Stern, CEO of the CMPA).
Speaker, “Discussion and Disclosure of Medical Incidents with Patients”, Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital
Speaker, “Role of Documentation in Malpractice Litigation - Lessons Learned from a Recent Trial Experience”, William Osler Hospital
Speaker, “Role of Documentation in Malpractice Litigation”, Malpractice in Pain Medicine, Medico-Legal Conference
Speaker, “Strategic Pro Bono Litigation: How to Spare Some Change”, Panelist at Plenary Session, 5th Annual National Pro Bono Conference
Speaker, “What CCACs Can Learn From Recent HSARB Decisions”, OACCAC Annual Conference