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Risa* personifies judgment. Respected for her experience and considered opinion, Risa is recognized as a leading lawyer in medical negligence, professional liability cases, and employment law. Risa’s expertise inspires§ her colleagues and clients. Offering strategic insights to assist with the toughest cases, Risa is the partner other lawyers turn to for help solving tough legal problems. Providing strategic advice to both employers and employees on workplace issues, Risa fosters trust with her clients that helps them to pursue creative and practical solutions. .



Risa M. Kirshblum

is a partner at Lenczner Slaght.

"She is persistent, tireless and an excellent trial strategist." — Chambers Canada

Balancing skillful strategy with seasoned counsel, Risa represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of litigation matters. A significant portion of her practice is focused on professional liability and employment. She has acted as prosecutor, defence counsel and independent legal counsel in the administrative law context.

Risa regularly provides real-time risk management advice to both employers and employees on workplace issues. In the employment area, she has acted extensively in cases of discrimination, harassment and other human rights workplace issues as well as all issues arising from termination of employment. She is also experienced in dealing with the legal aspects of unfair competition and solicitation, theft of corporate opportunities and notice requirements when multiple employees are leaving simultaneously.

Risa frequently presents in continuing legal education programs for organizations such as the Law Society of Upper Canada and The Advocates' Society. She has also presented in continuing education programs for a variety of medical organizations.

  • The Advocates' Society

  • Canadian Bar Association

  • Ontario Bar Association

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  • Best Lawyers in Canada (2014-2023)

    Health Care Law, Medical Negligence, Professional Liability (2017)

  • Best Lawyers in Canada (2018)

    Toronto "Lawyer of the Year" in Medical Negligence

  • Best Lawyers in Canada (2020)

    Toronto "Lawyer of the Year" in Health Care Law

  • Best Lawyers in Canada (2023)

    Toronto "Lawyer of the Year" in Health Care Law

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (2012-2023)

    Medical Negligence (Most Frequently Recommended), Professional Liability (Consistently Recommended)

  • Chambers Canada (2020-2023)

    Healthcare: Contentious (Nationwide – Canada)

  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada (2018-2019)

    Dispute Resolution

  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada's Leading Health Sciences Lawyers (2021)

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