Kate Crawford


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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.



  • 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

  • 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 2024 edition (and since 2023) 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 since 2022) of Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation
  • Recognized in the 2024, 2023 and 2019 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Medical Negligence), the 2023 and 2019 edition (Class Actions; Personal Injury)
  • Recognized in the 2023 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Technology and Health Sciences
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Health Sciences.
  • 2016 Lexpert Rising Star Winner.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2005
  • LLB, Université Queen’s, 2004
  • BA (HONS.) in Cultural Anthropology, Université de Toronto, 1999