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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 (she/her)

is a partner at Lenczner Slaght.

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

Risa co-heads the firm’s Professional Liability and Regulation group, with a particular focus on the practice in the defence of physicians. Her health law practice encompasses civil litigation and regulatory matters. Balancing skillful strategy with seasoned counsel, Risa regularly provides advice in many contexts in which legal issues arise in medical practice.

Risa is experienced in resolving complex disputes by negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Risa recently completed the Mediating Disputes course at Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation.

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 (2014-2024)

    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, 2023)

    Toronto "Lawyer of the Year" in Health Care Law

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (2012-2024)

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

  • Chambers Canada (2020-2024)

    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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