Simmie Palter is senior health law counsel with the Toronto firm DDO Health Law.
She graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1993 and earned her Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1996. Ms. Palter was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998.
With a background working with both the government and in the private sector, Ms. Palter handles health law matters, including privacy and access to information issues, and advises clients in both regulated and unregulated health professions.
She assists community mental health agencies, hospitals and long-term care facilities with risk management issues, and reviews, drafts, and negotiates contracts.
Ms. Palter offers guidance on public policy, such as caregiver experiences in the health-care system and has advised on regulatory matters. She reviews and drafts governance agreements and bylaws for health professional organizations and assists with developing regulations for health profession regulators.
From 1998 to 2007, Ms. Palter was legal counsel to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, advising on regulated health professions, land and air ambulance services, paramedic regulation, international medical graduates, unregulated professions, Ontario drug benefit programs, and the formulary.
She is a managing editor for the Health Law in Canada newsletter and writes a column in the Canadian Society of Eye Health Practitioners Newsletter.
Ms. Palter is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association.