Shekter finds her calling advocating for medical professionals

By Staff

Toronto health lawyer Brooke Shekter's recent call to the bar has given her a deeper connection with her clients.

Shekter, associate with TTL Health Law, acts mainly for professionals, including physicians, nurses and other medical professionals facing investigation and possible sanctions from their regulatory colleges.

She tells her own accreditation has given her a stronger understanding of the ordeal faced by her clients.

“I like to be fairly straightforward with them, but I’m also empathetic, because I know if someone came after my licence right now, after going through all that schooling and training, I’d be beside myself,” Shekter says. “I’d want someone in my corner fighting, and that’s what we try to do for our clients.”

As the child of two lawyers, she says she initially resisted the lure of the family business.

“I grew up with it, obviously, and the law was always something that was talked about around the dinner table,” Shekter explains.

Instead, she followed other passions after completing her undergraduate degree.

“I loved the arts, so I did a writing course and went to work in TV,” Shekter says. “But then I had an epiphany that I wanted to be a lawyer, and it was my true calling in life.”

And she took to her studies like a natural, graduating on the Dean’s List from Western Law in 2017 and collecting the J.S.D. Tory Writing Prize in the process.

It was during law school that Shekter set her sights on her current health law niche.

“I had a professor in my second year who has become a huge influence on my life," she says. "She unlocked my true passion for administrative law."

Shekter was also inspired to create her own podcast to analyze the fairness of the disciplinary processes laid out under the Personal Health Information Protection Act.

In addition, she co-chaired the Western Health Law Association while attending law school. During her term, the group hosted a successful medical malpractice moot involving 32 students that provided practical trial-level advocacy experience for all involved, Shekter says.

Following graduation, Shekter articled with a downtown Toronto law firm, accumulating experience in legal research and trial preparation, and also appeared on motions before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

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