Kim Jakeman is a partner with Harper Grey LLP and Assistant Chair of the firm’s Health Law practice group.
Through Kim’s work as a practicing lawyer and mediator she has gained considerable insights into the challenges faced by professionals working in high stress environments. Given what is at stake, she has found that early intervention using a collaborative approach to the process of resolution produces the most positive results.
Kim maintains a busy ligation practice, including professional liability, personal injury and major property loss subrogation litigation. She has been counsel on a number of significant decisions in British Columbia including cases deciding the issue of causation in medical negligence.
Kim has over 25 years of conflict resolution experience with an emphasis on professional interactions and communication. She has represented professionals before Regulatory Bodies, Provincial Health Authorities and the Hospital Appeal Board. Kim also has a deep understanding of and key insights into the realm of mediation in civil litigation. She has taken advanced mediation courses through the Justice Institute, is on the Associate Roster with Mediate BC and is currently studying collaborative conflict resolution.
Kim has also developed niche expertise in the emerging legal field of MAID (medical assistance in dying). Kim is Chair of the National CBA End-of-Life Working Group convened to study the legal and ethical issues surrounding end of life decisions. On May 10, 2016, on behalf of the CBA, she presented before the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding Bill C-14, the proposed legislation to address MAID.
Born and raised in Alberta, Kim now lives in the Lower Mainland with her family. She is an accomplished athlete. She enjoys road biking, has completed two marathons and has dabbled a bit in the world of triathlons. Her athletic pursuits have allowed her to bring a strong sense of discipline and focus to her conflict resolution practice.
- University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1989
- University of Calgary, BPE, 1985
- Justice Institute and CLE courses including Advanced Mediation Skills and Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution
- British Columbia, 1990
- Washington State, 1994
- Health Law Annotation Contributor, Quickscribe Services Ltd.
- Member, Legal Advisory Committee, standing committee of the Board of Directors of Dying with Dignity Canada
- Chair, Canadian Bar Association, End of Life Working Group
- Officer and Executive Member, Canadian Bar Association, National Health Law Subsection, since 2007
- Co-Chair, Canadian Bar Association National Health Law Summit, 2009 and 2011
- Member of the Canadian Bar Association Planning Committee National Health Law Summit, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017
- Past Vice-Chair, Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch, Health Law Subsection
- Speaker, Canadian Medical Protective Association Symposia
- Member, Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch, Health Law, Administrative Law and Civil Litigation Subsections
- Member, Medical Legal Society of British Columbia
- Member, Washington State Bar Association (non-practicing)
- Member, Defence Research Institute
- Mentor, Canadian Bar Association
- Past Board Member, British Columbia College of Naturopaths
- Past Board Member, African Canadian Continuing Education Society (ACCES)
- Author, various publications on health law topics and the issue of conflicts
- Board Member, WOWRide (Women on Wheels) Cycling Club
- University of British Columbia Moot Court Judge
- Frequent lecturer on topics pertaining to professional negligence
- Recognized by Best Lawyers® in Canada 2016 and 2017 as a leading lawyer in the area of Medical Negligence
- Rated "Repeatedly Recommended" in the area of Medical Negligence (Represents Defendants) by the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2014, 2015, 2016
- Recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” in British Columbia by Benchmark Canada 2014, 2015, 2016
- Recognized as a “Future Star” in British Columbia in the area of Medical Malpractice by Benchmark Canada 2013
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.”
- Appeared as lead and co-counsel in numerous compromised infant cases
- Lead counsel in one of the two precedential cases on wrongful life: Roe v. Dabbs
- Co-counsel in one of the leading BC Court of Appeal decisions regarding government funding of compromised infant claims: Fullerton v. Delair
- Lead counsel in one of the leading cases on a patient's obligation to follow up: Konevitchenko v. Andreou
- Co-counsel in two leading causation cases: Bigcharles v. Lomax and Moore v. Johnson
- Co-counsel in one of the leading decisions on a physician's duty to follow up and cost of care issues: Kahlon v. Kahn
- Counsel on a special costs application: Steinebach v. O'Brien
- Lead counsel in a case dismissed on the limitation issue: Lorette v. Thorson Health Care
- Key Disposal Ltd. v. Laidlaw Waste Systems (Canada) Ltd.
- Key Disposal v. Paullos
Published in: Canadian Lawyer Magazine
Published in: Harper Grey LLP Law Bulletin