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Luisa’s practice encompasses a wide variety of areas, including general civil and commercial litigation; administrative law; libel and slander; professional regulation; and advertising law.

She is preferred counsel for LawPro, having acted on its behalf on a number of court motions.

Luisa frequently appears in the Divisional Court on behalf of the Ontario Racing Commission and acts as independent legal counsel for the College of Nurses of Ontario, the College of Opticians of Ontario, the Board of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy, and the College of Veterinarians of Ontario. In addition, she acts for clients in advertising disputes before Advertising Standards Canada and has also sat as an adjudicator for that organization.

Luisa was appointed by former Chief Justice Warren Winkler to act as court monitor in the administration of two pan-Canadian settlements involving the tainted blood scandal, as well as the settlement involving water contamination in Walkerton, Ontario.

Luisa has been involved in three judicial inquiries, including serving as co-counsel to the Office of the Chief Coroner in the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology (the “Goudge Inquiry”), counsel for the North York General Hospital nurses during the SARS review, counsel for Peter McCallion in the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, and counsel to the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario in the Elliot Lake Inquiry.

She is an adjunct professor for the Trial Practice Course at Osgoode Hall Law School and is a team leader for the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program.

 
Representative Work
  • Court Monitor in the administration of the tainted blood settlements involving persons infected with Hepatitis C through the receipt of blood or blood products in Canada between 1986 and 1990 (Parsons v. The Canada Red Cross Society et al) and persons infected with Hepatitis C through the receipt of blood or blood products in Canada prior to 1986 and after 1990 (McCarthy v. The Canadian Red Cross Society et al)
  • Court Monitor in the administration of the settlement involving the contaminated water supply in Walkerton Ontario (Smith v. The Corporation of the Municipality of Brockton et. al
  • Co-counsel to the Office of the Chief Coroner in the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology (the “Goudge Inquiry”)
    Represented the interests of the Office of the Chief Coroner and its various employees at the Goudge Inquiry hearing, which involved preparing clients to be interviewed and give evidence, attending the hearing to cross-examine witnesses and ultimately to make submissions on our client’s behalf
  • Co-counsel for Peter McCallion in the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry
  • Co-counsel for the North York General Hospital nurses during the SARS review
    Starting in 2005, Justice Archie Campbell conducted a review of the medical community and government’s response to the SARS outbreak of 2003. We represented a number of nurses employed at the North York General Hospital during the relevant time period
  • Bruno Appliance Inc. v. Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP et al /Fred Mauldin et al v. Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP et al /Demessey Ltd. v. Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP et al
    These three cases involve claims against a law firm, a former partner, and their former client. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants were engaged in business activities that amounted to a fraudulent investment scheme. Stockwoods successfully defended motions for summary judgment brought by the plaintiffs in the first two cases and had parts of the claim in the third case struck by the court as well as obtained significant awards of costs and security for costs for their client.
  • R. v. Robinson
    Acted as counsel on behalf of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission on an application for an order of certiorari quashing telewarrants, which were used as part of a criminal investigation. The evidence obtained during the search in the criminal investigation was then used in proceedings before the Board. The court dismissed the application, which allowed the Board to make use of the evidence in its proceedings.
  • W&T Mushrooms v. Ontario Food Terminal Board
    In her ongoing role as counsel to the Ontario Food Terminal Board, Luisa acted on the Board’s behalf on an application for relief from forfeiture involving a tenant of the Board’s Farmers’ Market.
  • Grigonis v. Toronto Boardsailing Club
    Acted as counsel to two former directors of the Toronto Boardsailing Club, who had been named in a defamation action commenced by another member of the Club. The statement of claim was struck without leave to amend. The Court of Appeal upheld the motions judge decision and dismissed the action.
  • Mattel v. MGA
    This case involves an ongoing dispute between the makers of the Barbie doll and the makers of the Bratz doll. Luisa represented a witness, who was subject to a letters of request application. On consent, the application was narrowed and the witness was examined by U.S. counsel, in Ontario, in place of giving evidence at trial in California.
  • 2878852 Canada Inc. v. Jones Heward Investment Counsel Inc.
    Acted as co-counsel on behalf of the plaintiff in an action against its former portfolio managers for the negligent mismanagement of its investments. We were successful for the plaintiff at trial and on appeal.
Publications
  • Co-Contributor, Canadian Legal Practice, A Guide for the 21st Century
  • Co-Author, Problem Areas in Evidence at Trial (Presented December 6, 2001 at the Putting Your Best Case Forward: Using Evidence Effectively Seminar, Osgoode Hall Law School, Professional Development Program)
  • Co-Author, Tribunal Standing – New Developments (Presented October 18, 2011 at the Administrative Law CLE, Osgoode Hall Law School, Professional Development Program)
  • Co-Author, Application of the Test for Bias across the Spectrum of Administrative Decision Making (Presented February 28, 2012 at Decision Writing and Running a Fair Hearing Conference, The Canadian Institute, Ottawa)
  • Author, Mitigating the Mitigation Minefield, A Case Comment on Southcotte Estates (Presented September 2012 at the 12-Minute Civil Litigator Program, LSUC
Teaching & Speaking Engagements
  • Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School (Trial Practice)
  • Co-Chair (with Jane Southren), Osgoode Professional Development conference on Foreign Parties in Ontario Proceedings, 2012
  • Team Leader, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Professional Development Program, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2009-present
  • Regularly invited to speak at conferences, including:
    • Speaker, Advocates’ Society, Evidence for Litigators, Skills Program, November 2011
    • Speaker, Canadian Institute, Advanced Administrative Law Conference, October 2011
    • Speaker, Osgoode Hall Law School, Professional Development Program, Administrative Law, CLE, October 2011
    • Speaker, Canadian Institute, Decision Writing Conference, 2009, 2010
    • Speaker, Education Sessions, Fitness to Practise Committee, College of Nurses of Ontario, Yearly
Associations
  • Member, The Advocates’ Society
  • Member, LEAF
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Toronto Lawyers’ Association
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