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Health Care Professional LAWYERS


Lawyers Serving Doctors and Medical Professionals

As a licensed healthcare professional, accusations of fraud, professional misconduct or criminal activity can have a serious impact on your career. You could face disciplinary proceedings before your professional college, the publication of any findings of misconduct on the college’s website, and the loss of your license. Our lawyers are experienced in dealing with many professional colleges and can help you navigate through this complex legal area. We provide advice to clients regarding their rights and responsibilities throughout the process and information regarding potential outcomes. We assist clients responding to complaints and investigations, from the submission and pre-hearing conference stage through to any Discipline Committee hearings and appeals. We understand the practical implications of disciplinary proceedings on a health professional’s practice and are here to help.

Healthcare Lawyers Serving Ontario

The lawyers at Damien Frost & Associates LLP have significant experience handling allegations and investigations of professional misconduct and discipline. In the Greater Toronto Area and throughout Ontario, we represent clients undergoing disciplinary investigations and proceedings. Our clients include a variety of health professionals and healthcare clinics and facilities in the industry, including:

Damien Frost & Associates LLP has extensive experience assisting health care professionals in a variety of matters.

Legal Services for Healthcare Professionals

Our lawyers provide strategic legal advice and consulting services to healthcare professionals, whether they be individuals, or a health services clinic owner.

We routinely provide legal advice and representation to all regulated health professionals, including those listed above. We represent clients before their regulatory bodies and in any subsequent appeals of those decisions.

Our services include:

  • Drafting responses to complaints, investigations, or mandatory reports
  • Drafting submissions and attending before the Colleges’ Registration Committees or Accreditation Committees
  • Drafting submissions and action plans for Quality Assurance Committee matters
  • Providing advice and assistance to clients with alleged capacity issues
  • Providing advice and assistance to clients requested to attend a Regulatory Meeting
  • Defending health professionals at pre-hearing conferences
  • Defending health professionals before the Colleges’ Discipline Committees
  • Defending health professionals before the Colleges’ Fitness to Practice Committees
  • Representing health professionals in disputes with OHIP or private insurers
  • Representing health professionals at appeals before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board
  • Representing health professionals in court on appeals and judicial reviews of all administrative decisions.

Legal Services for Healthcare Clinics

Damien Frost & Associates LLP also has extensive experience assisting owners and operators of healthcare clinics, whether they are operated by a multidisciplinary team, registered massage therapists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, optometrists, other healthcare professionals, or members of the general public.

We understand the relevant legislative frameworks and day-to-day challenges faced by clinics. For example, if you are opening or operating a pharmacy in Ontario, or changing its ownership, our lawyers can ensure that you are compliant with the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act. We can also provide assistance to ensure that you comply with the notification requirements with the Ontario College of Pharmacists and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Our services include:

  • Advising on matters of compliance, including mandatory reporting
  • Assisting with licensing applications
  • Advising on the sale or acquisition of health care businesses, including pharmacies, health care facilities, and medical and dental practices
  • Advising and representing clinics or businesses in disputes with OHIP, private insurers, or the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Judicial review of decisions of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

If you need strategic legal advice to deal with matters relating to your clinic’s business or operation, contact Damien Frost & Associates LLP to schedule a free consultation. We can provide strategic legal advice and ensure that you and your business is protected. Whether you are looking to expand your business or need to respond to complaints, we can help you today.

Consultation, Workshops and Training in Health Law Issues

The Partners of Damien Frost & Associates LLP sit on panels and provide training and education opportunities to health professionals, clinics and institutions, and associations. Our lawyers provide practical information to front line staff and executives on legislative changes and emerging legal issues. We provide members of professional associations with information regarding what to expect in a College proceeding, as well as their legal rights and responsibilities.

We provide strategic advice and consultation to businesses, clinics, and facilities that require assistance with discrete legal issues, including health law policies and procedures. Our lawyers can help to develop and implement new policies or procedures in light of legislative changes or in response to an audit or investigation.

We are happy to structure any workshop or presentation to fit the unique needs of your team or association. Contact our office to learn more about our services.

Members of The Criminal Lawyers Association, Toronto Lawyers Association, Ontario Bar Association 
and Advocates' Society.

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"I have been very pleased working with Rebecca. She worked very efficiently, professionally and cared for every step, as we went through the process with Ontario College of Pharmacists. Initially I thought I would be going through a nightmare ,when I received my paperwork from Ontario College of Pharmacists, but Rebecca made the process seamless and the outcome was positive. Thank-you Rebecca and I would highly recommend your excellent professional service to others."
- NP

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I hired Ms Rebecca Young regarding a legal matter in October 2015. I found her and the firm to be very professional and helpful. The whole process took about one year to resolve. I followed her advice and the outcome was in my favour. I would recommend her for her professionalism, knowledge and pleasant attitude. –

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"Daniel, Thank you for your excellent work. I am pleased with the outcome. I didn’t feel ‘prosecuted’ and I believe that is due to your excellent advocacy skills and rapport with the Court."
- AF

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"I was accused by my former employer of interfering and damaging their computer systems. I was charged under the Criminal Code for mischief, unauthorized access and destruction of data, which was a very scary, stressful, and upsetting experience. I thought that my world was over and all the hard work I had done in my life was coming to an end. Mr. Frost’s initial consultation (which was no obligation and free of charge) helped a lot to calm my nerves and comfort me and my family in trying times. His team was very understanding, sympathetic, concerned and supporting, she always took my frantic phone calls with calmness and assurance and helped me understand the progress of my case clearly. At every step, I received sound professional advice. At the end of the case, the charges were dropped. As a result, I do not have a criminal record, my reputation is intact, and my current job is still secure. Words cannot truly express my gratitude for having such amazing lawyers. From explaining the terminology used in court, to sitting with me outside the court room when I couldn’t hold back my tears, they stood by my side. Thank you for exceeding my expectations, and then some."
– JS

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"We were very pleased with Mr. Frost’s representation. He provided us with the best possible legal representation. He was dedicated to obtaining a tremendous resolution in what was complex litigation while being always mindful that we required a cost-effective solution."
– BB

I am very Pleased

"I was charged along with nine other physicians with fraud against OHIP. I was also the subject of a complaint before the College of Physicians and Surgeons arising from the same allegations. I was assigned counsel by the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). On the advice of a friend who was a Crown Counsel I insisted that I be allowed to retain Mr. Frost. I am very pleased that I was allowed to do so. Mr. Frost (together with Ms. Samantha Peeris) provided me with first class representation. He convinced the Crown to drop the charges against me. His office always kept me informed in a timely fashion of any developments. He clearly understood the impact of these allegations on my professional reputation. Mr. Frost always maintained a very low profile. Mr. Frost went on to represent me before the College of Physicians and Surgeons ensuring that no disciplinary was taken. I continue to practice medicine in my area of expertise." –
Dr. C

I was Relieved with his Representation

"I am a healthcare provider with a practice in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario. I was represented by Mr. Frost before my professional licensing College with respect to a complaint by an insurance company. I was quite concerned that the complaint could affect my professional standing and reputation. Mr. Frost understood what needed to be done. He also understood the impact the complaint was having on me personally. He acted quickly. He was able to convince the College to take no further action. I was relieved that his representation was very low profile and my professional reputation was not undermined with the public or the College. As a result of his representation my status with that particular insurer was regularized."
– CC

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