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Yola S. Ventresca

London Office 80 Dufferin Ave.
85 Dufferin Ave.
88 Dufferin Ave.

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Meet Yola S. Ventresca

Health Law Lawyer

"I enjoy the challenge of practicing Health Law. It mandates creative approaches which incorporate a blend of both law and medicine."

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Professional Highlights

  • Managing Partner, Lerners LLP London (2022-Present)
  • Partner, Lerners LLP (2013 to 2021)
  • Supervising Lawyer and Mentor, Workplace Learning Program, Kings University College (2016-2017)
  • Adjunct Professor (Civil Procedure), Faculty of Law, Western University (2013-present)
  • Associate Lawyer, Lerners LLP (2007-2012)
  • Teaching Assistant, Employment Law, University of Toronto (2006-2007)
  • Articling Student, Lerners LLP (2005-2006)
  • Research Assistant, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario (2003-2005)

  • Regulated Health Complaints: has represented pharmacists, dentists, physicians, and registered massage therapists
  • Licensing Issues
  • Regulated Health Investigations
  • Disciplinary Matters
  • Medical Negligence Actions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of health care law, corporate and commercial litigation, medical negligence (2020-2022)
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the area of Professional Liability and Litigation – Corporate Commercial (2019, 2021)
  • Recipient, 2017 Lexpert Rising Star Award honouring Canada's Leading Lawyers Under 40
  • Recipient, 20 Under 40 Award, Business London Magazine (2016)
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship (Master’s Award), The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2006-2007)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Program Fellowship in Health Law and Policy, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the University of Toronto (2006-2007)
  • J.S.D. Tory Fellowship for Excellence in Legal Writing and Legal Research, Torys LLP and The University of Western Ontario (2004)
  • Graduating Student’s Award, Huron University College (2002)
  • History Alumni Award, Huron University College (2002)
  • Dean’s Honour List, The University of Western Ontario (2000-2002)
  • Catharine Ridley National Scholarship, Huron University College and The University of Western Ontario (1998)

  • Co-Author, “Limitations Act Chapters, 2. Incapable Persons/Appointment of Litigation Guardian, Sections 6 - 9” and “Limitations Act Chapters, 3. Attempted Resolutions, Successors, Acknowledgments, and Notices of Possible Claim, Sections 11 - 14”, September 2021
  • Co-chair, London Courthouse Series: The Effective Witness, The Advocates' Society, March 2019
  • Lead, Lerners' Women's Symposium
  • Co-Chair, The Advocates’ Society Courthouse Series, March 2018
  • “Punctuating Social Trends: Re-examining Reibl v. Hughes and the Emergence of the Law of Informed Consent in Canadian Law” (2017), 47 Adv. Q 51
  • “The misapplication of misnomer in Ontario” The Advocates’ Journal, Spring 2017 (with Peter Kryworuk)
  • Co-chair, London Courthouse Series, 2017
  • Waiver of Tort on Trial: Andersen v. St. Jude Medical, prepared for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Civil Litigation Summit, Peter Kryworuk and Yola Ventresca, May 2012 (Read online)
  • Adolescent Access to Health Services – Legal Perspectives, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (March, 2008)
  • Revisiting Wrongful Life Claims in Canada – Can There Be A Cause of Action? Bovingdon v. Hergott, Peter W. Kryworuk and Yola Hamzo Ventresca, 34 Adv. Q, p 216, 2008 (Read online)
  • With Patient Rights Come Patient Responsibilities: Contributory Negligence in Medical Negligence Actions Peter Kryworuk, Yola S. Hamzo Ventresca and Scott D. Chambers, 33 Adv. Q, p 201 (2007) (Read online)
  • Patient Responsibility for Detrimental Health Outcomes: Comparative Legal Perspectives from Canada, the United States and Great Britain, Canadian Institutes of Health Research Annual Symposium, Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 2007

  • Chair, 10+ Committee, The Advocates' Society (2020-2021)
  • Executive Member, 10+ Committee, The Advocates' Society
  • Invited Mentor, The Advocates' Society Mentoring Dinner Series
  • Member, Board of Directors, McCormick Care Group (formerly Women’s Christian Association)
  • Chair, Handbags for Hospice, in support of St. Joseph’s Hospice (2015-2016)
  • Co-Chair, The Advocates’ Society Mentoring Dinner (London) (2011-present)
  • Member, Young Advocates’ Standing Committee of The Advocates’ Society (2010-present)
  • Supervising Mentor, Pro Bono Students Canada (2010-Present)
  • Board of Directors, Huron University College Alumni Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society

  • Master of Laws, Specialization in Health Law and Policy, University of Toronto (2007)
  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar (2006)
  • Bachelor of Laws, The University of Western Ontario (2005)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and History) (Hons.), Huron University College, The University of Western Ontario (2002)

  • Musical theatre, travel, history and reading

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