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About Laura

Laura's practice focuses on the marketing and advertising of pharmaceutical, medical device, food and consumer, and other regulated products.

Laura advises clients on regulatory issues arising under Canadian legislation, including licensing, labelling, recalls and other product safety issues, with respect to drugs, medical devices (including software), natural health products, cosmetics, consumer products and food.

In the medical products space, she provides advice regarding clinical trial agreements, health-care compliance and practice codes, promotional programs, advertising, product claims, manufacturing and distribution agreements, and consulting and advisory board agreements.

Laura also advises on all aspects of advertising campaigns in support of current products and new product launches, including advertising and influencer marketing policies. She has experience in reviewing various product claims, including nutrition, health, natural, organic, environmental and packaging claims under the Competition Act and other more specialized legislation and codes. She also advises clients on comparative advertising and assessing the risks related to such claims in relation to food, consumer, cosmetic and other regulated products.

Laura has experience in health-care compliance matters involving health-care businesses and facilities and regulated health professionals. She helps businesses navigate the unique challenges surrounding provincial college regulatory bodies, ownership requirements, conflicts of interest, telemedicine, professional misconduct and other health-care compliance concerns.

Laura was seconded on a part-time time basis to the Canadian offices of a major pharmaceutical company where she provided a broad range of legal services as in-house counsel.

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  • Drafting and negotiating Canadian clinical trial agreements for a major pharmaceutical company and a major medical devices company

  • Working with a food products company on the reformulation of its Canadian products and related product and health claims

  • Assisting consumer products companies with their Canadian promotions and sales claims

  • Reviewing new Canadian packaging for a multinational food products company

  • Reviewing a pharmaceutical company's third party agreements for healthcare compliance issues following a new product acquisition and drafting revised agreements

  • Advising consumer product companies in relation to incident reporting requirements and assisting with Canadian product recalls

Awards & Recognition

Laura has been recognized in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (2022–2024: Life Sciences: Regulatory/Compliance; 2020–2024: Advertising & Marketing)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2021–2024 (Health Care Law, Advertising and Marketing Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2023 (Life Sciences & Health, Advertising & Marketing Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada – 2022–2023 (Life Sciences)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022 (Life Sciences & Health, Advertising & Marketing Law)

  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyers 2022 – Independently Rated Lawyers (As nominated by senior in-house counsel)

  • Euromoney's LMG Life Sciences Expert Guide 2019 (Regulatory)

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Education

Registered Trade-Mark Agent, Canada – 2010
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2004
JD, University of Toronto – 2003
MSc (Medical Biophysics), University of Toronto – 2000
BSc (Microbiology & Immunology), McGill University – 1998

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