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Alison T. Burrison

Alison T. Burrison

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
888-494-8201 (Toll free)

Alison T. Burrison received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Labour Studies and Industrial Relations from McMaster University in 1999. She received a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University in 2002 and a Master of Laws in Health Law from Dalhousie University in 2006. Alison was called to the British Columbia bar in 2003 and the Ontario bar in 2005. After articling at a national law firm in Vancouver, Alison practiced law for two years in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death. Since returning to Ontario, Alison's practice is restricted to plaintiff's personal injury and wrongful death cases, including occupier's liability and products liability. Alison is a member of The Law Society of Upper Canada, The Law Society of British Columbia, Ontario Trial Lawyers' Association, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, and Canadian Bioethics Society. She is also a recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Health Law and Policy Fellowship 2005.


  • Call the Province of Ontario Bar Law Society of Upper Canada, 2005
  • Call to the Province of British Columbia Bar Law Society of British Columbia, 2003

Areas of Practice

  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Disability Insurance
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 2005
  • British Columbia, 2003


  • Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    • Master of Laws - 2006
    • Major: Health Law and Policy
  • Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    • Bachelor of Laws - 2002
  • McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
    • Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude
    • Honours: Honours

Published Works

  • A National Data Bank on Physicians' Negative Performance History: "Right to Privacy vs. Protection of the Public", LL.M., Dalhousie University, 2006
  • HIV Testing Policies for Pregnant Women: Who Cares? It is Just a Test?, LL.M., Dalhousie University, 2006
  • Collaboration in Primary Health Care: "Will Physicians be Liable as Captains of the Ship?" LL.M., Dalhousie University, 2005
  • Expanding the Duty of Care in Professional Negligence Cases: "The Effect of Finney v. Barreau du Quebec on Medical Regulatory Bodies in Common Law Provinces", LL.M., Dalhousie University, 2005
  • Denying Compensation to Women who Suffer Emotional Harm from a Perinatal Injury or Loss: "Is Tort Law Biased?", LL.M., Dalhousie University, 2005
  • Avoiding Punitive Damages: "Post Whiten v. Pilot Insurance Co.", Harbour & Shipping, September, 2004


  • "Annual Conference 2007", American Association for Justice, Chicago, Illinois, June 13, 2007 - June 17, 2007
  • "Spring Conference 2007", Ontario Trial Lawyer's Association, Toronto, Ontario,, May 26, 2007
  • "Civil Litigation Skills Certificate Program - Discovery Done Right", The Advocates' Society, Toronto, Ontario, April 19, 2007
  • "Tricks of the Trade 2007 - Practical Strategies for Winning Auto Cases", The Advocates' Society, Toronto, Ontario, January 19, 2007
  • "Health Care Litigation - The Medical Malpractice Trial", Continuing Legal Education Society, Toronto, Ontario, 2006
  • "Health Law at the Supreme Court of Canada", 3rd National Health Law Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, February 23, 2006 - February 25, 2006
  • "Money, Money, Money - Bioethics Confronts Dollars & Sense", 17th Canadian Bioethics Society Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 20, 2006 - October 23, 2006
  • "Medicine for Lawyers", Continuing Legal Education Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, February 6, 2005
  • Collaboration in Primary Health Care: "Will Physicians be Liable as Captains of the Ship?", Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Program Colloquium, Toronto, Ontario, May 4, 2006 - May 5, 2006
  • Privacy Issues in the Marine Industry: "The Impact of PIPEDA and PIPA", Vancouver, March 25, 2004
  • Promoting Wellness in the Workplace: "Accommodating Ill or Disabled Employees and Protecting Employee Privacy Rights", Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute Continuing Education Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 23, 2003
  • • “Tricks of the Trade 2013: Staying Ahead of the Curve: Latest Updates, Critical Case Law and New Practical Tips”, The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, Ontario, January 25, 2013
  • • "The Twelve-Minute Accident Benefit Insurance Litigator", Law Society of Upper Canada, November 27, 2012
  • • "Guardianship Seminar", The Bank of Nova Trust Company, Toronto, Ontario, November 19, 2012
  • • "OTLA 2012 Fall Conference, Playbook for Trial: Rolling Out Winning Strategies", Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto, Ontario, October 24 - 25, 2012
  • • "The 2012 Oatley McLeish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation", Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, Ontario, January 11, 2012
  • The Oatley-Mcleish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation, Part Two- Accident Benefits and Practice Trends – “Obtaining Court Approval: Some Modern Realities and Strategies” – November 21, 2008.
  • The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Demonstrative Evidence, Part Two –Its Use in All Phases of Litigation – “Use in Orthopaedic Cases” – December 3, 2009.
  • The Oatley-Mcleish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation – “Top 5 Accident Benefit Cases from 2009” – March 5, 2010.
  • Osgoode Professional Development – Managing and Litigating Motor Vehicle Claims- “How Will Auto Claims be Impacted by the New Rules of Civil Procedure?” March 24, 2010.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • The Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Bioethics Society

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