Michelle Gibbs (née Brodey) has been a partner at the law firm of Gibbs & Associates in Toronto for the past 8+ years. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario (B.A.) and the University of Toronto Law School (LL.B.), she was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995. Shortly thereafter, Michelle spent two years working at The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, where she gained a keen understanding of the regulatory framework underscoring the governance of health professions in Ontario. She was formerly a partner of Stieber Berlach Gibbs until June 2005, where she had practiced for over 7 years, handling a full-spectrum of insurance claims, including professional liability defence (health professionals, brokers, accountants, financial planners etc.), directors and officers, commercial general liability, municipal liability claims, and class actions, as well as a wide variety of coverage disputes.
Michelle’s core practice is in the area of professional liability and health law. She has extensive experience in handling a wide range of health-related claims, from defending hospitals, healthcare professionals, and regulators in malpractice-type litigation, to defending professionals in licensing, complaints, incapacity (including mental health and addictions issues), and discipline matters before their respective regulatory colleges. Amongst the various health professionals she represents, Michelle has acted for acupuncturists, chiropractors, chiropodists, dental hygienists, dentists, dietitians, massage therapists. medical laboratory technologists, medical radiation technologists, naturopaths, nurses (RPNs, RNs and NPs), occupational therapists, pharmacists, physicians, social workers, speech pathologists, veterinarians, and others. Michelle also defends health regulators, professional associations, and employers in civil actions and human rights proceedings.
In addition, Michelle's practice areas include employment law and institutional abuse (defending public and private bodies against claims for sexual and physical abuse allegedly perpetrated by employees).
Michelle is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association (Health Law and Insurance Sections). She sat on the Executive of the OBA Health Law Section (from 2008 to June 2013). Outside of her legal practice, Michelle is co-Chair of the Board of Directors of George Herman House in Toronto, a charitable organization that provides transitional housing and supportive programming to women with mental health issues. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Harold and Grace Baker Centre, a long-term care home and retirement residence. Michelle has been selected by her peers to be included in the 2008-2014 editions of “The Best Lawyers in Canada” in the specialty of Health Care Law.