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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.
National practice leader Kate Crawford is an experienced Toronto-based healthcare disputes lawyer with a solid reputation among healthcare institutions.
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.
Member Ontario Bar Association Health Law Section and Class Actions Section
Member, The Advocates Society
Former 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 2024 edition (and since 2016) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Health Care Law, Medical Negligence, Personal Injury Litigation).
Recognized in the 2024 edition (and since 2022) of Chambers Canada (Healthcare: Contentious - Nationwide)
Recognized in the 2023 edition of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a Litigation Star and in the "Top 100 Women in Litigation", and in the 2021 and 2018 editions as a "Future Star"
Recognized in the 2023 edition (and 2019) of TheCanadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Class Actions; Medical Negligence; Personal Injury)
Recognized in the 2023 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Technology and Health Sciences
Recognized in the 2022 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation
Recognized in the 2021 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Health Sciences.
2016 Lexpert Rising Star Winner.
Bar Admission & Education
Université Queen’s, 2004
BA (HONS.) in Cultural Anthropology,
Université de Toronto, 1999