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STEPtember Talks: Olivia raises over $1,400 as our youngest fundraiser!

Published by the Cerebral Palsy Association Of British Columbia, October 12, 2017

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STEPtember is a global initiative that runs from Sept 4th to Oct 1st, supporting cerebral palsy associations across the world through fitness. Participants are challenged to take 10,000 steps a day while at the same time, collecting donations from friends and family who support their hard work.

We've finally made it to the end of the road. Over the course of September, we've teamed up with 216 participants and raised $28,549.70!

Although the challenge is over, the fundraising doesn't stop here. You can still help us reach $30,000.00 as donations are still accepted until November 1st. We're only $1,450.30 away!

Thanks to all of organizations, teams and individuals involved, we're truly making a difference in the disability community in BC.

Meet Olivia

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Olivia is our youngest fundraiser this STEPtember campaign. Thanks to her outgoing attitude and inherent drive to help others, she has helped us raise over $1,400. Absolutely huge!

At nine-years-old, she's shown great initiative and fearlessness - ingredients in her recipe for fundraising success.

Philanthropy must run in her family too. Did you know that Susanne Raab, one of our board members, is Olivia's mother? Susanne's charitable work has always made a positive impression on us here at CPABC but it's clear that her effort goes beyond the workplace.

Susanne told us that she's extremely proud of Olivia and so are all of us here at CPABC. Here's how our conversation went:

WC: What is inspiring you to make a difference for the disability community in BC?

OG: I think we should all try to help each other. Taking 10,000 steps is not really that hard for me because I play a lot of sports, so I think it is cool that I can use that to help raise money for people with disabilities. Also, if I ever needed help, I would feel pretty good if I saw kids in my community doing stuff to try to help me.

WC: As the youngest fundraiser on our team, what do you think sets you apart from others around your age?

OG: My parents taught me that every day you should try to do something kind for someone other than yourself, so this is a great way to do that. Also, my mom has been participating in STEPtember for a few years, so it was easy to join her team.

WC: Do you feel that those around your age should consider participating in STEPtember? Why?

OG: Yes! It is fun to count your steps during the day and know you are helping other people at the same time. I also think adults like to support kids who are doing fundraisers. I know this because I was able to raise more money than my mom who was also doing STEPtember :)

WC: You've had a ton of success and are doing an incredible job, raising over $1,400 for CPABC. What's your secret?

OG: I asked everyone I knew. Even though not everyone was able to support me, they were all interested in learning more about cerebral palsy and were very happy about what I was doing. I am hoping that next year some of my friends participate in STEPtember with me!

WC: What advice would you give to another young person like yourself who wants to do charitable work?

OG: I would tell other kids that doing STEPtember is fun and makes you feel good, you just need an adult to help sign you up on a team. It would be fun to do STEPtember with a group of friends at school or in your neighbourhood because you can have contests to see who can do the most steps in a day. The fundraising part is easy because when adults see you doing something to help others, they will want to support you!


Susanne Raab again recognized byThe Best Lawyers in Canada® for 2018

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Congratulations to Susanne Raab for having once again been recognized as a leader in Medical Negligence law, through selection by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018. Susanne's full Best Lawyers bio can be viewed at:

https://www.bestlawyers.com/lawyers/susanne-k-raab/176992

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.


Paul McGivern recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada® 2018 for Medical Negligence and Personal Injury Litigation

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Paul McGivern has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers inCanada 2018 in the fields of Medical Negligence and Personal Injury litigation. Paul was included in the inaugural Canadian issue in 2007, and has been named every year since. Paul's full Best Lawyers bio can be viewed at:

https://www.bestlawyers.com/lawyers/paul-t-mcgivern/57447

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

Paul McGivern Recognized in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - May, 2017

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We are very pleased to announce that both partners at Pacific Medical Law have been recognized as "Leading Practitioners" in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory in medical malpractice. This designation is a significant acknowledgment of their expertise in this very specialized and complex area of law.

Paul McGivern has been selected as a leader in medical malpractice litigation. Paul is a senior litigator acting exclusively on behalf of plaintiffs in medical negligence cases, with an emphasis on complex catastrophic cases such as birth trauma, spinal cord and brain injury cases. He is frequently consulted by counsel throughout Canada for his expertise in this area. The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory recommends Paul as a leader in medical malpractice cases, and he has been named in The Best Lawyers in Canada from 2007 to 2017. He has a unique background of 17 years as medical malpractice defence counsel and a reputation for understanding the medical and legal issues of complex malpractice actions. Paul has been lead counsel in hundreds of medical malpractice cases. He has litigated legal precedent setting cases and has appeared as lead counsel before every level of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada (most recently in Ediger v. Johnston 2013 SCC 18 and Cojocaru v. British Columbia Women's Hospital 2013 SCC 30). He was an Adjunct Professor at UBC for 25 years. He has also chaired continuing education programs focusing on medical legal issues. Paul is a member of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC and the Plaintiff's Medical Negligence Litigation Group, and a founding member of BILA, the Birth Injury Lawyers Alliance.

Susanne Raab Recognized in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - May, 2017

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We are very pleased to announce that both partners at Pacific Medical Law have been recognized as "Leading Practitioners" in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory in medical malpractice. This designation is a significant acknowledgment of their expertise in this very specialized and complex area of law.

Susanne Raab has been selected as a leader in medical malpractice litigation by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and Best Lawyers in Canada. Susanne's practice focuses on representing individuals and families who have suffered injuries as a result of medical malpractice, with a focus on birth injuries and catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries. Susanne has appeared before the Supreme Court of BC, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to joining Pacific Medical Law, Susanne represented physicians in complex medical malpractice actions. Susanne serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, as well as on the Board of Governors of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC. She is also a member of BILA, the Birth Injury Lawyers Alliance.

Susanne Raab is Selected to become a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America

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Susanne is honored to have been invited to become a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America (the "LCA").The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of lawyers in North America.  Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both  at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among  its membership. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively, with recognition of excellence in litigation across all segments of the bar. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level, or are independent practitioners with recognized experience and accomplishment. In addition, the LCA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy, professionalism and ethical standards among its Fellows.

Pacific Medical Law is proud to be a Presenting Sponsor for the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC Annual Gala "Play Without Limits"

Pacific Medical Law is proud to once again be sponsoring the annual fundraising gala for the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC being held on March 2, 2017. The focus of the gala this year is Play Without Limits. While the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC offers many free opportunities for kids with cerebral palsy and other neurological disabilities to participate in various recreational activities, it is not enough. Our common experience and the medical literature supports the importance of play in a child's life. For a child, play is their "work". It is the essence of childhood. Engaging in play is how children learn, grow, expand their imagination and build friendships. For children with disabilities, they often need specialized supports and equipment in order to participate. We need to find more and better recreational opportunities for kids with disabilities, and provide these kids with the tools they need to participate. That is why Pacific Medical Law is proud to be a presenting sponsor for this gala, to raise awareness and provide funding to create opportunities for these children to play. Tickets for the gala are still available at http://bccerebralpalsy.com/events/life-without-limits-gala/ or by calling 604 408-9489. If you cannot attend but wish to make contribution to support a child living with a disability, please visit http://bccerebralpalsy.com/support-us/donate/

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Paul McGivern quoted in Lawyers Weekly

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The December 9, 2016 issue of Lawyers Weekly reported on Benhaim v St. Germain2016 SCC 48, a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada which upholds the long-held principle that causation does not have to be proven with scientific certainty. In commenting on this case, Paul McGivern noted that this decision follows three recent Supreme Court cases that have attempted to maintain a level playing field between plaintiff and defendant by not overly stressing scientific evidence, while keeping the burden of proof with the plaintiff. One of those three cases was Ediger v Johnston 2013 SCC 18, in which Paul McGivern was co-counsel for the successful appellant.

Susanne Raab Addresses Trial Lawyers Association Medical Legal Conference

susanOn Friday, December 2, 2016 Susanne Raab was an invited speaker at the Trial Lawyers Association of BC Medical Legal conference on Secondary and Delayed Syndromes in the Medical-Legal Narrative. Susanne discussed "Claims for Nervous Shock - Advances in the Law and Medicine". Her presentation dovetailed with the presentation of Dr. Rob Tarzwell, a specialist in both psychiatry and nuclear medicine who is involved with the ground breaking research using SPECT imaging to differentiate between traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder in patients.

The conference was attended by over 100 medical professionals and lawyers, and Susanne's presentation was well received and stimulated questions and discussion from the audience.

Paul McGivern Co-Chairs Medical Legal Conference 2016

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Paul McGivern co-chaired the CLEBC 2016 Medical Legal Conference in Vancouver on October 21, 2016. The speakers included physicians and lawyers, with topics including a discussion of cognitive errors and decision failure, a review of recent opioid prescribing guidelines, and a presentation about medical assistance in dying. A panel discussion about medical legal matters in litigation included a perspective from the Honourable Madam Justice Neena Sharma.

Although the conference was well received overall, Paul's presentation on causation got particular mention as "the best [presentation] by far because it was a clear, concise, compelling summary of the law and its evolution." Other reviewers described Paul as a "wonderful orator, informative, insightful" and "outstanding." CLEBC hopes to follow-up this successful conference in the coming years.

Brenda Osmond speaks to UBC 4th year pharmacy students

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Brenda Osmond was a guest lecturer at the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences on Friday, November 4th. She spoke to the 4th year Pharmacy Management Class regarding Professional Obligations and Civil Liability. Over 100 students attended the talk, in which Brenda discussed the complaints review process of the College of Pharmacists of BC, contrasted that with professional negligence lawsuits, and reviewed strategies to avoid potential lawsuits.

Paul McGivern quoted in Recovery - Personal Injury Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2, 2016

Paul McGivern was recently interviewed by Recovery - Personal Injury Magazine and was quoted extensively in the article "Workplace Cancer Standard of Proof Clarified." The article discussed the June 2016 decision of the Supreme Court of Canada British Columbia (Worker's Compensation Appeal Tribunal) v. Fraser Health Authority 2016 SCC 25 which reaffirmed the principle that definitive scientific evidence is not required to find a causal link between the workplace and medical illness or injury.

Contrasting the burden of proof in occupational disease cases and medical malpractice cases, Mr. McGivern noted that Workers Compensation board policies indicate that the workplace need only be of 'causative significance' or 'more than a trivial or insignificant aspect' in the development of the worker's illness. He explained that this is a lower burden of proof than in a medical malpractice case where the plaintiff must demonstrate that the injury would not have taken place but for the defendant's negligence.

Paul McGivern quoted in a National Post/Vancouver Sun article, regarding the causes and incidences of catastrophic birth injuries in Canada.

PaulMThe article "When the Outcomes are Bad, They're awful" published in the Vancouver Sun on Friday, September 16, 2016, was prompted by a recent analysis done by the Canadian Medical Protective Association, the medical malpractice insurance group for Canadian doctors. The Association revealed that tens of millions of dollars have been paid to families for "botched deliveries" that left at least 25 babies and two mothers' dead and untold numbers of children severely disabled. The Association reviewed 169 lawsuits and provincial regulatory college complaints involving obstetric emergencies over the past 10 years, including 50 cases from 2010 to 2014, "nearly all of which involved serious patient harm."

The article referenced Paul McGivern, a Vancouver lawyer whose practice over the last several years has focused on birth injuries and referred to a case that was resolved in June this year in which a B.C. Supreme Court judge awarded Mr. McGivern's client $5.2 million for brain damage suffered when her mother experienced a uterine rupture. Mr. McGivern said he sees the same problems time and again. "Physicians and nurses just get kind of inured to the symptoms that they should be looking for," he said.

In May of this year Pacific Medical Law also obtained another successful judgement from a BC Supreme Court judge in another birth injury case. This time the problem involved a pregnant woman whose symptoms of pre-eclampsia were missed when she visited a hospital emergency room. While the nurse involved in her case gave evidence that she took the woman's blood pressure and that it was normal, the judge found that the nurse had reconstructed her evidence and that the nurse had not, in fact, taken the blood pressure. Two days later she suffered a seizure that ultimately caused a severe brain injury in her unborn baby. The child was left with severe cerebral palsy with developmental and cognitive impairment. The case is currently under appeal.

Susanne Raab again recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada® for 2017

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Congratulations to Susanne Raab for having once again been recognized as a leader in Medical Negligence law, through selection by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

Paul McGivern recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada® 2017 for Medical Negligence and Personal Injury Litigation

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Paul McGivern has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers inCanada 2017 in the fields of Medical Negligence and Personal Injury litigation. Paul was included in the inaugural Canadian issue in 2007, and has been named every year since.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

Paul McGivern Recognized in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - June, 2016

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Once again, congratulations to Pacific Medical Law founding partner Paul McGivern for being recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leader in medical malpractice cases. As in previous years, the selection procedure this year was based upon an intensive survey process, extensive peer review and input from knowledgeable users of legal services. Lexpert® is Canada's most comprehensive guide to legal talent in Canada, identifying leading lawyers across Canada in over 60 practice areas.

Paul is a senior litigator acting exclusively on behalf of plaintiffs in medical negligence cases, with an emphasis on complex catastrophic cases such as birth trauma, spinal cord and brain injury cases. He is frequently consulted by counsel throughout Canada for his expertise in this area. The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory recommends Paul as a leader in medical malpractice cases. He has a unique background of 17 years as medical malpractice defence counsel and a reputation for understanding the medical and legal issues of complex malpractice actions. Paul has been lead counsel in hundreds of medical malpractice cases. He has litigated legal precedent setting cases and has appeared as lead counsel before every level of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada (most recently in Ediger v. Johnston 2013 SCC 18 and Cojocaru v. British Columbia Women's Hospital 2013 SCC 30). He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia for 25 years. He is a sought after speaker and has organized and chaired continuing education programs focusing on medical legal issues. Paul is a member of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC and the Plaintiff's Medical Negligence Litigation Group.

Susanne Raab invited to speak at the International Academy of Law and Mental Health in Prague

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Susanne Raab is pleased to have been invited to speak at the Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague at the XXXVth International Congress on Law and Mental Health. Susanne will be speaking about a child's right to make medical decisions and the legal and ethical context within which a child's competence is assessed in Canada.

The International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH) is founded on the belief that issues arising from the interaction of law and mental health can be best addressed through multidisciplinary and cross-national approaches, drawing on law, the health professions, the social sciences, and the humanities. Every two years, the IALMH holds an International Congress on Law and Mental Health, bringing together the international community of researchers, academics, practitioners and professionals in the field, whose wide-ranging perspectives provide for a comprehensive look at important law and mental health issues

Paul McGivern and Susanne Raab again recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

Paul McGivern and Susanne Raab, partners of Pacific Medical Law, have once again been recognized as leaders in medical negligence law, through selection by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016.

This is the second consecutive year that Susanne' expertise has been recognized. This is the tenth consecutive year that Paul has received this honor. Paul was included in the inaugural Canadian issue in 2007, and has been named every year since. Established in the United States over 30 years ago, Best Lawyers® is regarded by both the profession and the public as the definitive guide to legal excellence. It is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide.

Paul McGivern named Vancouver's Medical Negligence Lawyer of the Year for 2016

Paul McGivern, has been named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Medical Negligence "Lawyer of the Year" for Vancouver. This is only the third time this honour has been bestowed on a Vancouver lawyer.

Established in the United States over 30 years ago, Best Lawyers® is regarded by both the profession and the public as the definitive guide to legal excellence. It is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide.

Paul McGivern Recognized in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - June, 2015

Congratulations to Pacific Medical Law founding partner Paul McGivern for once again being recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leader in medical malpractice cases. The selection procedure is based upon an intensive survey process, extensive peer review and input from knowledgeable users of legal services. Lexpert® is Canada's most comprehensive guide to legal talent in Canada, identifying leading lawyers across Canada in over 60 practice areas.

Susanne Raab invited to speak at the CBA 2015 National Health Law Summit in Banff

Susanne Raab presented to the Canadian Bar Association at the National Health Law Summit on the topic of the treating physician as an expert witness at trial, addressing issues of procedure, admissibility and bias. This is a national bi-annual conference addressing critical issues in health law.

Paul McGivern and Susanne Raab recognized as Best Lawyers® in Canada in Medical Negligence

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

Announcing the Janna Epp Bursary

In memory of a beautiful little girl whose life was cut too short, Pacific Medical Law has established a $5,000 bursary to be awarded annually to a child living with cerebral palsy, to assist with that child's care, therapy and recreation. Please apply at the link below by December 5, 2014.

Paul McGivern addresses the conference on - 'The Anatomy of a Medical Expert' May 23, 2014

Speaking to the conference on 'The Anatomy of a Medical Expert', Pacific Medical Law Partner, Paul McGivern offered tips on how to ensure that expert reports will be both admissible in court and persuasive. His presentation focused on the recent changes made to Supreme Court Civil Rules regarding the use of expert opinions. He highlighted the importance of understanding and working within the new rules, especially given that expert evidence can be very difficult to obtain and one of the most expensive components of a lawsuit.

Susanne Raab spoke at the Civil Litigation Conference on March 28, 2014

Susanne Raab delivered a presentation on the law of causation in medical malpractice cases, focusing on the evolution of the law in British Columbia and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Ediger v. Johnston, a birth injury case resulting in cerebral palsy to the child. Susanne Raab and Paul McGivern, acting as co-counsel for the disabled child, were successful at the Supreme Court of Canada hearing.

Brenda Osmond and Susanne Raab will be co-chairing the Medicine for Lawyers Seminar - March 7, 2014.

Brenda and Susanne will be co-chairing this Continuing Legal Education seminar focusing on the medical issues personal injury lawyers need to understand in order to successfully resolve their client's personal injury claim, with a focus on pediatric injuries.

Susanne Raab co-chaired The Trial Lawyers Association of BC's Medical Legal Seminar - December 6, 2013.

Susanne co-chaired this annual medical legal conference for lawyers and medical professionals, focusing on the neuroscience of decision making, the role of clinical judgment in medical care, cultural issues effecting medical care, medical expert reports and the frontier of neuroimaging.

Susanne Raab Spoke at the Greater Vancouver Legal Nurse Consultants Association - November 1, 2013

Susanne Raab spoke at the GVLNCA about "The Influence of Counsel on an Expert's Report - Where to Draw the Line". Susanne's presentation focused on the unique role of an expert in legal proceedings, highlighting the legal and ethical obligations of both counsel and the expert in the preparation of the expert's report and providing guidance on how to avoid the potential pitfalls that may arise.

Susanne Raab serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC for the 2013-2015 Term

Susanne will continue her work with this organization with a focus on improving the organizations outreach, continuing to raise awareness of cerebral palsy and adding to the services and support the organization provides, with a goal of reaching far and wide to make meaningful contributions to the lives of as many people with cerebral palsy as possible.

Pacific Medical Law donated $10,000 to support the Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia.

The major contribution by Pacific Medical Law will go toward a variety of valuable services including providing bursaries for post-secondary school and summer camp, and supporting two new exciting programs being launched this year: dance and yoga for children with cerebral palsy.

Paul McGivern Again Recognized by The Best Lawyers In Canada for 2014

Paul McGivern, Senior Partner of Pacific Medical Law, has once again been recognized as a leader in medical negligence law, through selection by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014. This is the eighth consecutive year that Paul's expertise has been recognized. He was included in the inaugural issue in 2007, and has been named in that publication every year since. For more than 25 years Best Lawyers has been regarded by both the profession and the public as the definitive guide to legal excellence. It is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide.

Pacific Medical Law donates $1,000 to the Simon Fraser Elementary

Simon Fraser Elementary is a wheelchair accessible school except the playground. The school is raising funds to resurface the playground and make it wheelchair friendly.

Paul McGivern spoke at The Birth Trauma Conference on June 7, 2013

Paul McGivern spoke at the Birth Trauma Conference in Vancouver on June 7, 2013. The conference featured top lawyers in the province, and covered topics such as cerebral palsy, standards of fetal monitoring, challenges in proving causation, and recent developments in the Supreme Court.

Paul McGivern spoke at the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association Conference - March 11, 2013 in  Calgary and March 13, 2013 in Edmonton

Paul McGivern delivered a presentation on the law of causation and the use of medical and scientific evidence in proving causation at the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association Conference on March 11, 2013 in Calgary and March 13, 2013 in Edmonton.

Paul McGivern spoke at the Canadian Bar Association Health Law Meeting in Halifax - May 23, 2013 - May 24, 2013

Paul McGivern was one of the panelists discussing the development of the law on informed consent at the 2013 National Health Law Summit on the Critical Issues in Health Law in Halifax on May 23, 2013 to May 24, 2013.

Susanne Raab spoke at the Law Courts Inn - April 4, 2013

Susanne Raab spoke at the Law Courts Inn's "Lunching with Leaders" discussion series on "Making Way for the Modern Mother: the Campaign for Improved Work-Life Balane in Private Practice" on Thursday, April 4, 2013.

Susanne Raab spoke at Ontario Trial Lawyers Medical Malpractice Conference - April 12, 2013

Susanne Raab spoke about the issues unique to British Columbia law in the context of medical malpractice litigation at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Medical Malpractice Conference on April 12, 2013.

Susanne Raab spoke at the Legal Nurse Consulting Association of Canada's General Meeting on "The Role and Value of LNC from a Lawyer's Perspective" - April 27, 2013

Susanne Raab spoke on the lawyer's perspective on the role and value of legal nurse consultants at the Legal Nurse Consulting Association of Canada's General Meeting on April 27, 2013.

Susanne Raab spoke at Greater Vancouver Legal Nurse Consultant Association - November 8, 2012

Susanne Raab delivered a presentation on Expert Reports - What is Admissible and Not Admissible at the Education Seminar for the Greater Vancouver Legal Nurse Consultant Organization on November 8, 2012.

Paul McGivern co-chairs CLE on Medical Issues in Personal Injury - October 17, 2012

Paul McGivern co-chaired a Continuing Legal Education course on Medical Issues in Personal Injury on October 17, 2012 in Vancouver. The course was designed for personal injury counsel and covered the following issues:

  • The effect of prescription medication on civil litigants,
  • Pre-existing medical conditions and their implications,
  • Causation issues in medical negligence lawsuits,
  • Expert opinion evidence and tactical considerations in leading expert evidence.

Pacific Medical Law Welcomes a New Associate - October 8, 2012

Natalia Ivolgina has joined the firm as an associate lawyer. Natalia obtained her law degree from the University of Alberta and was called to the Alberta bar in 2010, and admitted to the bar of British Columbia in 2011. Natalia's practice focuses on representing individuals who have suffered injuries as a result of medical malpractice. Natalia brings with her experience in medical malpractice defence, in representing individuals who lost family members in fatal accidents, and individuals who were severely injured in motor vehicle accidents. Natalia also has experience defending civil litigation lawsuits enabling her to be a more effective plaintiff's counsel.

Paul McGivern Once Again Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada - August, 2012

For the seventh consecutive year Paul McGivern has been recognized as a leader in medical negligence law, through selection by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in Canada 2013. Paul was included in the inaugural issue in 2007, and has been recognized for his expertise every year since then. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than three million confidential evaluations by top attorneys

Susanne Raab Co-Chaired TLABC Seminar

Susanne Raab will be co-chairing a seminar for the Trial Lawyers Association of BC entitled "Persuasion and the Complex Case: Strategies to Simplify the Most Challenging Medical/Legal Cases" on December 7, 2012 in Vancouver, BC.

Paul McGivern Recognized in the 2012 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - May, 2012

Congratulations to partner Paul McGivern for his recognition in the 2012 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Paul has once again been selected as a top practitioner in the areas of medical negligence and personal injury. This selection is based on an intensive survey process and a combination of peer review and input from knowledgeable users of legal services. Lexpert is Canada's most comprehensive guide to legal talent in Canada, identifying leading lawyers across Canada in over 60 practice areas.

Western Canadian Medical Malpractice Conference - September, 2011

Dr. Brenda Osmond, formerly the Deputy Registrar of the College of Pharmacists of BC, lectured on recent trends in medication error prevention strategies and pharmacy practice across Western Canada and explored the interplay between pharmacists increasing responsibility for medication therapy and potential malpractice liability. During the interprovincial panel sessions Paul McGivern discussed practical legal strategies to address the clinical judgment defence in malpractice cases. This is the second year that Pacific Medical Law has provided feature speakers for this conference - Paul McGivern spoke at last year's conference.

Paul McGivern Recognized by The Best Lawyers In Canada 2012 - September, 2011

Paul McGivern continues to be recognized as a leader in medical negligence law, through selection by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2012. Paul was included in the inaugural issue in 2007, and has been recognized for his expertise every year since then. Best Lawyers is regarded by both the profession and the public as the definitive guide to legal excellence for more than 25 years. Inclusion in The Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 320,000 confidential evaluations by the top lawyers in the country.

Pacific Medical Law Welcomes a New Associate - July 1, 2011

Susanne Raab has joined the firm as an associate lawyer. Susanne obtained her law degree from the University of Victoria and was called to the bar in the year 2000. Susanne's practice focuses on representing individuals and families who have suffered injuries as a result of medical malpractice. Prior to joining Pacific Medical Law, Susanne spent much of her legal career representing physicians in complex medical malpractice actions, with an emphasis on catastrophic infant brain injury cases. Over the course of her career, Susanne has been involved in settling or litigating numerous medical malpractice actions.

Paul McGivern Presented at Causation in Tort II - June 3, 2011

Paul McGivern participated in the Causation and Appellate Advocacy Demonstration, submitting plaintiff's argument to a panel of judges from across Canada. This event, presented by CLE-BC, was attended by plaintiff and defence counsel.

Paul McGivern Presented at Wings, Wheels, Water and More: Non-Automobile Injury Claims - March 25, 2011

Paul McGivern participated in a panel discussion of Medical Malpractice Claims - Tips, Trips and Sage Advice at this conference of the Trial Lawyer's Association of BC. The topics discussed included the effective use of pleadings, recent trends in causation, the use of clinical records and documents agreements.

Brenda Osmond Presented at Professional Practice Conference in Toronto - February 2, 2011

Brenda Osmond addressed attendees at the Professional Practice Conference, the largest conference of pharmacists held in Canada. She combined her knowledge of health care, pharmacy practice, and law, to provide attendees with insight into how the courts view medical records, and to provide tips about how to keep accurate and reliable records.

Pacific Medical Law Welcomes a New Associate - December 1, 2010

Brenda Osmond has joined the firm as an associate lawyer. Brenda obtained her law degree from UBC and was called to the bar in 2010. Although new to the practice of law, Brenda is no stranger to advocating for the interests of patients. Brenda has a doctoral degree in clinical pharmacy and was a pharmacist before she became a lawyer. For the last 10 years of her pharmacy career she was Deputy Registrar of the College of Pharmacists of BC. In that role she assisted in developing the standards for safe pharmacy practice and investigated complaints about the practice of pharmacy. Throughout her career Brenda has been a speaker at professional development conferences and a frequent contributor to professional publications

Pacific Medical Law Partners Speak at Edmonton conference - October 2, 2010

Our partners continue to be recognized as leaders in their field, both being asked to speak at a conference in Edmonton Alberta. Linda Wong and Paul McGivern each led separate discussions about current issues in medical malpractice law.

Paul McGivern Conducts Mock Cross-Examination at Conference - April 8, 2010

Paul McGivern was a featured speaker at the Cutting Edge Trial Techniques conference of the Trial Lawyer's Association of BC. He conducted a mock cross-examination of an expert witness to demonstrate how to effectively highlight deficiencies in the other party's case.