Karen Douglas is a partner with Harper Grey. Her practice is focused on civil litigation in the areas of medical defence, privacy and estate litigation.
One of the strengths Karen brings to her practice is the calm and considered manner she maintains while assisting her clients in navigating the often stressful terrain of litigation. Her compassion and empathy are underpinned by her wealth of experience and ability to be tough for her client when needed.
Karen advises and represents medical professionals in a wide variety of matters and forums that arise from the intersection of the law and medical practice. This includes:
- Defending medical negligence claims
- Advising health care professionals and clinics onvarious legal matters – threats, privacy issues, claims, appeals, child protection matters, and the day-to-day issues that arise.
- Advising physicians in a variety of administrative/regulatory matters including College complaints, attending with physicians before the College, and have served as co-counsel in disciplinary hearings in Ontario.
She is a past Assistant Chair of Harper Grey’s Health Law group, and is a past Chair of the CBA BC Health Law section. Karen is a sought after speaker on medical-legal and ethical issues and frequently presents to physicians, residents and medical office assistants.
In her privacy practice she advises health care professionals and clinics regarding a wide variety of privacy breaches and helps with proactive strategies for protecting and managing breaches going forward. This is increasingly becoming a significant problem for professionals generally. She helps her clients navigate the intersection between privacy breaches, regulatory concerns, and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
Before joining Harper Grey, Karen practiced in Toronto, Ontario with McCarthy Tétrault. Karen has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia and has successfully responded to two applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Karen is an avid runner, cyclist and paddler (kayak) and has completed the Vancouver International Marathon. She has participated in fundraising productions of “The Government Inspector” and "Death on the Nile" presented by the Arts Club Theatre and Touchstone Theatre.
- University of Western Ontario, LL.B., 1987
- University of Alberta, B.A. (Distinction), 1984
- British Columbia, 1997
- Ontario, 1989
- Member, Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch, Civil Litigation and Health Law Subsections, Elder Law, and Wills and Estate sections
- Member, Medical Legal Society of British Columbia
- Lifetime Member of West Coast LEAF, British Columbia’s branch of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund
- Speaker, Canadian Medical Protective Association Symposia
- Member and Past Chair, Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch, Health Law Section
- Former Supervisor, Law Students Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) clinic in East Vancouver
- Former Judge, first year moots, University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School, and University of British Columbia.
- Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: 3.0 Martindale Hubbell Notable SM
- Recognized as a “Local Litigation Star" in British Columbia by Benchmark Canada 2016
Benchmark Canada 2016 Commentary: “Harper Grey’s celebrated medical defense/health capacity is brimming with regionally and nationally recognized talent. They’ve got some real gems: Kimberly Jakeman, Guy Brown, QC, James Lepp, QC, Karen Douglas, Abigail Turner. These cases are not easy to cope with – they involve a lot of factual evidence you wish you didn’t have to hear – but the Harper Grey team has done a very commendable job of providing assured, steady counsel in cases where it would be easy for those with less backbone and less adequate acumen to falter.”
- Counsel for a cardiologist and a general practitioner in a medical negligence action concerning the treatment of a cardiac arrhythmia and a physician’s duty to provide follow-up care. The action was dismissed following a four-week trial.
- Counsel on a lengthy and complex obstetrical negligence action involving a family physician and obstetrician which resulted in a dismissal of all claims and the subsequent appeal against both physician defendants
- Counsel on a medical negligence claim naming multiple physician defendants, which proceeded to trial and appeal (including responding to an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada) and which resulted in the dismissal of all claims, with costs