Ania Werbeniuk is an associate based in the Edmonton office at Field Law and practices in the area of health law. Ania joined Field Law in 2016 as an articling student after graduating with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Prior to law school, Ania worked as a registered nurse in neurological and general systems intensive care units at the University of Alberta and the Royal Alexandra Hospitals. She was an active member of the Code Blue resuscitation team at the Hospital and enjoyed challenging workloads and complex multi-system patient traumas. Given this background, Ania has chosen to pursue a legal career focused on medical malpractice lawsuits although she continues to do a variety of general litigation work when the opportunity arises.
During law school, Ania actively participated in the Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City representing a variety of impoverished clients in civil matters. She was also part of a legal research team assisting with trial preparation and medical record review in relation to a criminal case involving a dangerous offender at the Regional Psychiatric Center in Saskatchewan. Additionally, she worked as a research assistant at the College of Law studying the legal effects of novel orphan drugs, a project lead by the Associate Dean at the College of Law. Following the completion of her legal studies, Ania articled for the Provincial Court of Alberta to the current Justice Henderson of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and Judge MacDonald of the Provincial Court of Alberta. Ania continues to have an interest in medical malpractice, civil and criminal matters.
Since becoming an associate at Field Law, Ania has obtained extensive experience in the following areas: obtaining various types of injunctions, including Anton Piller Orders and vexatious litigant Orders, bringing summary dismissal and summary judgment applications, reviewing regional health authority bylaws, policies and procedures, litigating class action lawsuits and complex personal injury lawsuit, including birth injuries. She has also assisted with a variety of medical bylaw matters and matters involving Judicial Reviews and Appeals to the Court of Appeal of Alberta, as well as, the Hospital Privileges Appeal Board. Ania has been involved in Judicial Dispute Resolution processes, complex mediations and trials before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.
Ania has appeared in Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, as well as, the Court of Appeal of Alberta and has been involved in some of the following published decisions:
- Ewashko v Hugo, 2020 ABCA 228
- Makis v Alberta Health Services, 2020 ABQB 245
- Makis v Alberta Health Services, 2020 ABCA 168
- Al-Ghamdi v College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, 2020 ABCA 81
- Holmes v Gibson, 2020 ABQB 322
- Makis v Alberta Health Services, 2019 ABCA 23
- Makis v Alberta Health Services, 2019 ABCA 288
- Makis v Alberta Health Services, 2019 ABCA 115
- Makis v Alberta Health Services, 2018 ABQB 976
- Blackburne Creek Homeowners Association v Burt, 2019 ABQB 608
Ania has done several presentations at various Hospitals in Edmonton, as well as, at the University of Alberta Nursing Faculty on matters related to legal principles relevant to the healthcare providers. Ania also has been and continues to be an active member of the CBA Health Law Section executive.
Outside the Office
In her spare time Ania enjoys spending time outdoors, travelling and participating in a variety of recreational activities: figure skating, playing tennis, hiking, running, snowboarding, and swimming.
Canadian Bar Association
Edmonton Bar Association
Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association