Heather J Vaughn

Heather J. Vaughan

Partner

hvaughan@bensonpercival.com

416-977-9777 ext #106

647-251-9733

Heather is known for her compassion towards her clients, her pragmatic approach to resolution of litigation matters and her keen sense of humour.

Practice Areas

Insurance Litigation

Personal Injury Defence

Professional Regulation

Education

York University, B.E.S. (1996)

Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B 1999

Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario

Canadian Defence Lawyers Association

Canadian Bar Association

Ontario Bar Association

The Advocates Society

DRI – Voice of the Defense Bar

Woman’s Law Association Ontario

Notable Past Accomplishments

2022 - Chair, Insurance Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association

2017 - The Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards and Tribunals, Osgoode Hall Law School

2016 – Heather was one of the founding members of the Woman’s Caucus of the Canadian Defence Lawyers association and served as chair of the section from 2018 – 2020. She served as chair of the inaugural CDL WC Woman’s Caucus Retreat held in Niagara-on-the-Lake in 2022.

BIOGRAPHY

Heather J. Vaughan attended Osgoode Hall Law School and obtained her LL.B. in 1999. She is a partner at the law firm of Benson Percival Brown where she started her career as an articling student.

Heather’s insurance defence litigation practice includes the defence of motor vehicle liability claims which vary in scope from maintaining threshold defence positions to managing complex and catastrophic personal injury claims.

She defends claims against daycares, long-term care facilities, private schools, as well as professionals such as teachers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, nurses, and psychotherapists.  She defends and prosecutes negligence claims by and against builders, suppliers, and installers involved in the construction of residential and commercial projects.

Heather acts as Tribunal Counsel to the Complaints, Discipline and Qualification and Registration Committees of the Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO).

Her administrative law practice includes advocacy before tribunals such as Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) and the Human Rights Tribunal (HRTO), as well as representing regulated health professionals in the complaints and discipline process before their respective Colleges.

Heather has had the privilege of helping many pharmacists deal with complaints and discipline matters before the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

Notable Decisions

Doobay v. Fu, 2020 ONSC 1774 (CanLII), https://canlii.ca/t/j7qcp

Doobay v. Fu, 2020 ONSC 3329 (CanLII), https://canlii.ca/t/j899r

Due v. Collings, 2018 ONSC 4003 (CanLII) https://canlii.ca/t/hsrj7

Desbiens v. Lim, 2013 ONSC 6124 (CanLII), https://canlii.ca/t/g0x8g

RBC General Insurance Company v. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Canada Limited, 2013 ONCA 213 (CanLII), https://canlii.ca/t/fwvg0

Morante-McRae v. King, 2013 ONSC 2200 (CanLII), https://canlii.ca/t/fxc7r

Kim v. Choi, 2012 ONSC 6627 (CanLII), https://canlii.ca/t/fv2ch

Lange v. 882819 Ontario Limited, 2006 CanLII 51175 (ON SC), https://canlii.ca/t/1r0jt

Mercure v. Gilbert, 2004 CanLII 36072 (ON SC), https://canlii.ca/t/1j3jc

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Ltd. V. Charleston [2002] O.J. No. 100 Middlesex Condominium Corp. No. 79 v. McFarlane 2001 CarswellOnt 2744, 107 A.C.W.S. (3d) 313

HPARB:

G. v M. L., 2020 CanLII 36276 (ON HPARB), https://canlii.ca/t/j7xss

Stewart v Merani, 2022 CanLII 103563 (ON HPARB), https://canlii.ca/t/jstqv

Stewart v Merani, 2022 CanLII 103562 (ON HPARB), https://canlii.ca/t/jstqz

D.B. v J.G., 2020 CanLII 64050 (ON HPARB), https://canlii.ca/t/j9k00

Gray v M.L., 2022 CanLII 72119 (ON HPARB), https://canlii.ca/t/jrc2l

ONTARIO COLLEGE OF PHARMACISTS DISCIPLINE PANEL:

Ontario (College of Pharmacists) v. White, 2020 ONCPDC 14 (CanLII), https://canlii.ca/t/jgrhs

Ontario (College of Pharmacists) v. Jurkuvenas, 2019 ONCPDC 21 (CanLII), https://canlii.ca/t/jg65f

Ontario (College of Pharmacists) v. Evans, 2019 ONCPDC 13 (CanLII), https://canlii.ca/t/j1wbc

Ontario (College of Pharmacists) v. Satija, 2021 ONCPDC 33 (CanLII), https://canlii.ca/t/jj2hz

WSIAT:

Decision No. 3536/18, 2018 ONWSIAT 4001 (CanLII), https://canlii.ca/t/hxs1d

Decision No. 1691/16, 2016 ONWSIAT 2108 (CanLII), https://canlii.ca/t/gvkcx

Decision No. 1386/15, 2015 ONWSIAT 1579 (CanLII), https://canlii.ca/t/gljh5