Lara Kinkartz is a litigation partner whose practice focuses on administrative, regulatory, and public law.
Lara advises and acts as counsel to several professional and industry regulators on issues related to registration, complaints, and discipline. She also acts in civil litigation matters for various public and private sector clients, and has particular knowledge in the areas of professional self-regulation, judicial review of government decision-making, liquor regulation, and access to information and privacy.
Lara is skilled in solving complex legal problems and has acted as counsel in several cases dealing with novel legal issues in the regulatory, public law, and health law contexts. She has a particular interest in issues related to sexual misconduct, and regularly acts as prosecuting counsel for regulators in discipline cases dealing with sexual abuse. Lara has also acted as pro bono counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Court of Appeal in cases dealing with the constitutionality of extreme intoxication as a defence to crimes of sexual assault and other crimes of violence.
Lara also has expertise in the work of public inquiries and commissions. In addition to representing clients appearing before such bodies, from 2017-2019 Lara acted as Associate Commission Counsel to the Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry. She has experience arguing at the Supreme Court of Canada, and regularly appears before numerous administrative tribunals, the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, and the Court of Appeal. She has also worked on cases before the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
Before joining WeirFoulds, Lara served as a law clerk to Justices Weiler, Laskin, Epstein, and Benotto at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and then as a law clerk to Justice Moldaver at the Supreme Court of Canada. Lara is actively involved in WeirFoulds’ student mentoring program, as well as its Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee.
- Acted as Associate Commission Counsel to the Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry, chaired by the Honourable Justice Eileen Gillese
- Represented a local Medical Officer of Health in successfully defending his order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act related to the quarantine conditions for migrant farm workers during the COVID pandemic
- Acted as pro bono counsel to the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Court of Appeal in cases dealing with the constitutionality of the extreme intoxication defence
- Act as prosecuting counsel to several professional regulators in Ontario
- Schuyler Farms Limited v. Dr. Nesathurai, 2020 ONSC 4711 (Div. Ct.)
- R. v. Sullivan & Chan, 2020 ONCA 333
- Ontario College of Pharmacists v. Castillo, 2020 ONCPDC 17 (OCP)
- Ontario College of Pharmacists v. Rak, 2018 ONCPDC 45 (OCP)
- College of Early Childhood Educators v. McKenzie, 29 May 2017 (CECE)
- College of Early Childhood Educators v Robinson, 16 Feb 2017 (CECE)
- Toronto Distillery Co. v. Ontario (Alcohol and Gaming Commission), 2016 ONCA 960
- Ontario College of Pharmacists v. Thi Kim Tien Nguyen, 2016 ONSC 7639 (Sup. Ct.)
- Registrar REBBA v. Jolly, 2016 ONSC 2338 (Div. Ct.)
- Bronze Medal, Osgoode Hall Law School
- Dean’s Gold Key Award, Osgoode Hall Law School
- Sir Jack Jacob Prize in the Administration of Justice, Osgoode Hall Law School
- WeirFoulds LLP Prize in Administrative Law, Osgoode Hall Law School
- Chancellor Van Koughnet Award, Osgoode Hall Law School
- Antonio Di Domenico Prize, Osgoode Hall Law School
- Harley D. Hallett Renewable Entrance Scholarship, Osgoode Hall Law School
- Rodrigue Pageau Memorial Scholarship, University of Ottawa
- Jean Chrétien Scholarship, University of Ottawa
Called to the Bar
- Ontario (2014)
- J.D., Bronze Medalist, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2013
- B.Soc.Sci (Hons.), summa cum laude, University of Ottawa, 2008
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association
- The Advocates' Society
- Alumni mentor to law students through Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Women’s Network, and the Osgoode Hall Law Journal’s mentorship programs
- Articling and Associate Mentor, WeirFoulds LLP
- WeirFoulds Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Past panel speaker at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Access to Law and Learning, a free course to help high-potential university students with financial need prepare for the Law School Admissions Test
“All Convictions Are Not the Same: Rethinking C.U.P.E.’s Abuse of Process Doctrine in Cases Involving Plea Bargains” (2014) 23 Dal J. Leg. Stud. 22.