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Meet Carolyn Brandow

Professional Regulation Lawyer
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Professional Highlights

  • Adjunct Professor, UWO Law School “Civil Procedure” (2016)
  • Adjunct Professor, UWO Law School “Comparative US/Canadian E-Discovery Law” (2010)
  • Partner, Lerners LLP (2008 to present)
  • Associate lawyer, Lerners LLP (2006-2008)
  • Associate lawyer, Ledroit Beckett (1999-2006)
  • Articling Student, Harrison Elwood (1998-1999)

  • Carolyn is a partner with Lerners LLP who was called to the Ontario bar in 2000 after graduating from the University of Western Ontario.  Carolyn initially joined a small boutique law firm as the only associate and spent time almost every week in court within her first year including assisting on trials and arguing appeals.  Carolyn started appearing before administrative tribunals and has continued to do through throughout her 15 years in practice.
  • In 2004, Carolyn acted as counsel to the Honourable Mr. Justice R.J. Haines in the Review of the Meat Inspection and Regulatory Regimes in Ontario on a sabbatical.  During the review, Carolyn met with many individuals involved in public health law around the province which cemented her passion for health law and regulatory work.
  • From 2006 to present, Carolyn’s practice has focussed on a combination of litigation and administrative/regulatory matters including investigations, privacy, hospital board and human rights tribunal matters along with discipline and fitness to practise hearings.  Carolyn has acted for clients before tribunals in several areas including real estate brokers, motor vehicle dealers, medicine, nursing, social worker and dentistry regulation.  Carolyn has brought appeals and judicial review applications before single judges, Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.  She has spoken at events both for Ontario lawyers and lawyers across North America on a variety of topics from technology in legal practice to health law topics such as informed consent.  Carolyn has been selected by her peers to be included in Best Lawyers in Canada for the past three years.

  • Best Lawyers in Canada, Lawyer of the Year, Medical Negligence & Professional Malpractice Law - London/Windsor
  • Best Lawyers in Canada for Administrative and Public Law, Health Care Law, Medical Negligence, Professional Malpractice Law
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner by Lexpert in the area of medical negligence [represents defendants] (2018-2022)
  • Recipient, 2018 Lexpert Zenith Award recognizing mid-career excellence in the legal profession
  • Junior Counsel to the Honourable Mr. Justice R.J. Haines, Review of the Meat Inspection and Regulatory Regimes in Ontario (2004)

  • Quick & Dirty Personal Injury Update: Plaintiff & Defence Perspectives, Guest Speaker on Advocacy Practice Management Update: Proven tools to shorten trials, The Middlesex Law Association, June 14, 2019
  • Section 75 Investigations, the Osgoode Certificate in Professional Regulation and Discipline in the Ontario Health Care Sector, June 4, 2014, Toronto, Ontario
  • Challenges of Informed Consent in Research Protocols, Panelist at the 2013 Canadian Bar Association National Health Law Summit:  Critical Issues in Health Law, Halifax, May 2013
  • Health Care Reform & Medical Malpractice Law: How Canada Balances Patient Rights, Physician Interests, and System Costs, Guest Speaker on Tort system from defence perspective in Canada, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, August 5, 2011
  • Summary Judgment Motions: Persuasive Advocacy – Winning Tactics, Guest Speaker on Expert Evidence on Summary Judgment Motions, Ontario Bar Association Conference, May, 2011
  • Judicial Review of Tribunal Decisions, published in The Litigator, December 2009

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Middlesex Law Association
  • Southwest Region Women in the Law Association
  • Past Newsletter Editor, London Claims Association
  • Past District Commissioner, Past Leader, Girl Guides of Canada
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (2000)
  • Bachelor of Laws, The University of Western Ontario (1998) (Dean’s List 1996-1997);
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, The University of Western Ontario (1995) (Dean’s List (1992-1995)