At the beginning of her career, Kim represented the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. and had a general litigation practice.
She currently maintains a busy broad based practice. Her civil litigation practice includes professional liability, general insurance and major property loss disputes as well as a small percentage of plaintiff’s personal injury work. Her administrative law practice includes regulatory work for a variety of professions.
Kim has developed niche expertise in the emerging field of MAiD (medical assistance in dying).
In addition to her legal practice, Kim has an active mediation practice. Through her work and training, Kim has a deep understanding of and key insights into the realm of mediation in civil litigation and in the context of workplace disputes. She is a Roster member with Mediate BC.
Kim has more than 20 years of conflict resolution experience which is outlined more fully under the “Experience” tab above.
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.
Named as a "Leading Lawyer" in the area of Healthcare Law (Nationwide-Canada) by Chambers Canada®, 2019-2020
Recognized as a "Leading Lawyer" in the area of Medical Negligence by Best Lawyers® in Canada, 2016 -2020
Rated as a "Consistently Recommended Leading Practitioner" in the area of Medical Negligence (Represents Defendants) by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory®, 2014 - 2020
Recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” in British Columbia in the areas of Health Law and Medical Malpractice by Benchmark Canada®, 2014 - 2020
Recognized as a “Future Star” in British Columbia in the area of Medical Malpractice by Benchmark Canada®, 2013
Rated as a "Repeatedly Recommended Leading Practitioner" in the area of Medical Negligence (Represents Defendants) by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory®, 2019-2020
Kim is an acknowledge leader in the practice of health law, both for the quality of her legal work and for her tireless dedication to the field.
Kim has extensive court experience representing clients in complex medical malpractice cases and has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in B.C. including the B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. She has been lead or co-counsel on cases where decisions have and continue to define and guide this area of law. Select examples of her work include:
- 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
- Co -counsel on a case redefining the limits on the compensable heads of damages for a severely compromised infant: Brodeur v. Provincial Health Services Authority et al
- Co-counsel in a complex causation case revisiting the requirement to meet the SCC test on the issue of causation: Medina v. Wong et al
- Counsel in a recent leading case revisiting the two schools of thought principle as part of the assessment of standard of care. This case was additionally important on the issue of consent: O’Connor v. Wambera et al
Throughout her career, Kim has contributed to medical-legal education as a volunteer, a speaker and a writer. She has been an active member of the Planning Committee for the Biannual Health Law Summit since 2009, has co-chaired the Summit twice in 2009 and 2011, and served as a panel moderator in 2015.
She has presented to such entities as: CanLNC – Birth Trauma Conference, CMPA – Canadian Medical Protective Association – Provincial Counsel Conferences and Symposiums, Canadian Survey Forum, and UBC Faculty of Medicine. She frequently lectures at Grand Rounds and Health Authority Department Meetings.
She has published on topics including expert witnesses, wrongful life and birth, and conflicts, a subject outside her area of expertise but of special interest to her. In 2018, Kim and Guy Brown, QC co-authored a chapter on Jury Trials in the 5th Edition of the CLEBC BC Civil Trial Handbook.
Kim has also developed niche expertise in the emerging legal field of MAiD (medical assistance in dying) and has played a prominent role in the study and implementation of legislation providing for medical assistance in dying.
She is Chair of the National CBA End-of-Life Working Group convened to study the legal and ethical issues surrounding end of life decisions and is committed to furthering the discussion and best practices in the new territory of medical assistance in dying.
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. She serves as a Member of the Legal Advisory Committee, a standing committee of the Board of Directors of Dying with Dignity Canada. Her work in this area is having a profound impact on individuals and families across Canada.
Professional Regulation and Administrative Law
In addition to her civil litigation practice, Kim provides guidance to professional regulatory bodies, associations, and individuals on matters such as data protection, discipline, dispute resolution and litigation, policies and procedures, and general advisory support.
She has extensive experience in assisting physicians, nurses, naturopathic doctors, veterinarians and engineers in regulatory matters. She regularly advises clients in professional regulation matters touching on issues of complaints, disciplinary issues, ethics, fraud allegations, investigations, privacy and confidentiality, capacity, and other related issues.
Kim has experience appearing before all levels of court, tribunals, regulatory bodies, Provincial Health Authorities, and the Hospital Appeal Board.
After more than 20 years of conflict resolution experience as counsel, Kim is now offering her services as a rostered mediator of Mediate BC. Her background experience and understanding of the nuances of litigation gives her the foundation to appreciate the importance of the mediation process in resolving disputes.
In her mediation practice, Kim has the advantage of being able to draw on the unique insights, perspectives and skills she has cultivated in her legal practice. For example, through her regulatory practice experience she has gained a keen understanding of the dynamics of the workplace (particularly in high stress environments) and how important facilitated resolution of workplace disputes can be to improving or restoring harmony in the workplace. She believes that every voice needs to be heard in a safe environment and is committed to ensuring that all parties to the dispute feel that her role in the process fills that need. In her experience, facilitating resolution where all parties feel their needs are met results in better workplace relationships.
As a mediator she is people and outcome focused and unflinchingly impartial. She advocates for an outcome, not a party. In the role of mediator she actively listens, finds common ground and shared interests, and helps facilitate supportable and lasting agreements.
Major Property Loss
In the area of major property loss, Kim has defended insureds and acted for insurers in coverage and subrogation matters involving multiparty claims. She has been involved in navigating complex legal issues such as the novel concept of waiver of tort as well as contractual disputes leading to significant issues over both liability and damages.
Kim has acted as plaintiff counsel in a variety of personal injury cases. Her background in health law provides her with unique insight into the medical and legal issues that her clients face.
- Justice Institute of BC, Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution: Workplace Focus, 2016
- Continuing Legal Education Course, Dealing with High-Conflict Personalities, 2016
- University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1989
- University of Calgary, B.P.E., 1985
- British Columbia, 1990
- Washington State, 1994
- Co-Chair, Life In Law
- Board Member, Property Assessment Appeal Board
- CBA Representative, Canadian Advanced Care Planning Task Force
- Member, Property Assessment Appeal Board
- Committee Member, Hollyburn Swim Club
- Treasurer, Hollyburn Committee
- Member, Harper Grey Practice Management Committee
- Assistant Chair, Harper Grey Health Law Group
- Member, Harper Grey Diversity Committee
- Health Law Legal Annotator, 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
- Mentor, Canadian Bar Association
- Chair, WOWRide (Women on Wheels) Cycling Club
- 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
- Member, ReferToHer
- Member at Large, Canadian Bar Association Health Section
- Member, Medical Legal Society of British Columbia
- Member, Washington State Bar Association (non-practicing)
- Member, Defence Research Institute
- Member, The Law Society of British Columbia
- Member, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch Subsections:
- Health Law
- Administrative Law
- Civil Litigation