Lara Kinkartz is an associate at WeirFoulds with a practice focused on administrative, regulatory, and public law. She recently returned to the firm following a secondment as Associate Counsel to the Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System.
Chaired by the Honourable Justice Eileen Gillese, the Inquiry’s mandate was to inquire into the events which led to the offences committed by Elizabeth Wettlaufer.
As an associate at WeirFoulds, Lara acts on behalf of professional regulators, licensing bodies, and other public sector clients. Her key expertise is in professional self-regulation and discipline, judicial review of government decision-making, liquor regulation, and access to information and privacy.
From negotiating resolutions with opposing counsel to conducting hearings and representing clients at judicial reviews and appeals, Lara advises her clients on regulatory issues and helps them carry out their statutory duties in the public interest. Lara also works with regulators to develop internal rules, procedures and standards of practice.
Lara regularly appears before 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.
She stood top of her class in her final academic year at Osgoode Hall Law School, and graduated in 2013 with the Bronze Medal. 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.
College of Early Childhood Educators v. McKenzie, 29 May 2017 (ON CECE)
College of Early Childhood Educators v Robinson, 16 Feb 2017 (ON 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
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.
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
“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.