J. Mark Jackson
J. Mark Jackson
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J. Mark Jackson is a civil litigation lawyer focused on health law and regulatory prosecutions under the Public Health Act. He is experienced in a broad range of health care-related issues on behalf of public and private sector clients in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. A significant part of Mark's practice is dedicated to representing hospitals facing complex medical malpractice claims and medical administrative leaders dealing with issues under the Medical Staff Bylaws.

Mark’s health care clients include medical staff, health authorities, active treatment hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health care providers. He regularly represents clients in medical malpractice litigation, hearings, inquests and fatality inquiries and advises them regarding quality assurance and clinical issues, policies and standards of care and risk management. Known for his technical depth and skilled questioning, Mark has helped clients before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court, the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. He also handles cases in Judicial Dispute Resolution proceedings, arbitration and mediation.

For 20 years Mark has worked closely with health care organizations and health care staff, which has included defending them in lengthy, complex medical malpractice trials and at the Court of Appeal. Several of these trials involved allegations of medical malpractice that allegedly resulted in catastrophic birth injuries. Mark is also a frequent lecturer on risk management issues, nursing documentation, and best practices using practical examples from actual litigation.

Mark carefully monitors health care reform developments, medical malpractice and public health case law and health care legislation on a provincial and federal level, offering advice and guidance to clients impacted by any developments. He also provides clinical policy and practice opinions to health care clients to assist with operational issues.

Value to Clients

"I listen conscientiously to my clients' interests. This results in a more creative work product, better-prepared witnesses, and more accurate legal advising.” 

Outside the Office

Mark enjoys painting when he is away from the office. He also collects original comic book art.

"Litigation Star"
Benchmark Canada
2017 - 2019
Listed Medical Negligence
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2014 - 2020
"Repeatedly Recommended" Medical Negligence - Represents Defendants
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
2011 - 2019
Lawyer of the Year - Medical Negligence
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2020
Federation of Law Societies of Canada
National Admission Standards Project Task Force Member
2011 - Present
Little Friends Nursery School
Board Member
2006 - 2007
Edmonton Community Foundation, Wills Week Committee
Member
1998 - 2001
Canadian Learning Network - HelpTV
Legal Expert
1999 - 2001
Canadian Bar Association
Golf Tournament Committee Member
1999 - 1999
Canadian Bar Association
National Conference Volunteer
1999 - 1999
Makis v Alberta Health Services, 2019 ABCA 288, 2019 ABCA 288
R v Fassman, 2019 ABQB 61
Makis v Alberta Health Services, 2019 ABCA 23
Modry v. Alberta Health Services, 2015 ABCA 328, Alberta Court of Appeal
Modry v. Alberta Health Services, 2015 ABCA 265, Alberta Court of Appeal
Dunlop v. Paras, 2011 ABCA 50, Alberta Court of Appeal
R. v. Black, 2011 ABCA 349, Alberta Court of Appeal
R. v. Pol, 2011 ABPC 121, Alberta Provincial Court
Bouch v. Penny, 2010 CanLII 14708, Supreme Court of Canada
R. v. Black, 2010 ABQB 461, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Bouch v. Penny, 2009 NSCA 80, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
Bouch v. Penny, 2008 NSSC 378, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
Guay v. Wong, 2008 ABQB 638, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Warner v. Edmonton General Hospital, 2008 CanLII 41829 (ON S.C.), Ontario Supreme Court
Bell v. Chana, [2006] A.J. No. 828, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
M.M.C. v. D.A.C., [2006] A.J. No. 344, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Alberta (Public Guardian) v. Continuing Care Centre, [2005] A.J. No. 229, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
R. v. Coopsammy, 2005 ABPC 342, Alberta Provincial Court
Grand Tank (International) Inc. c. Brown, [2004] A.C.F. no 1648, Federal Court of Appeal
Grand Tank (International) Inc. v. Brown, [2004] F.C.J. No. 1648, Federal Court Judgements
Grand Tank (International) Inc. v. Brown, 2004 FC 1355, Federal Court of Canada
Keller (Next friend of) v. Penkoske, [2004] A.J. No. 393, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Keller (Next friend of) v. Penkoske, [2004] A.J. No. 1223, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Keller v. Penkoske, 2004 ABCA 4, Alberta Court of Appeal
Phillip v. Whitecourt General Hospital, [2004] A.J. No. 3, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Blackburn v. Bailey, [2002] A.J. No. 87, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Tonizzo v. Moysa, [2002] A.J. No. 1139, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Keller (Next friend of) v. Penkoske, [2001] A.J. No. 1319, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Keller v. Penkoske, 2001 ABCA 260, Alberta Court of Appeal
R. v. Pike, [2001] A.J. No. 2001, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
R. v. Zhang, [2001] A.J. No. 824, Alberta Provincial Court, Civil Division
T.W. v. University of Alberta Hospital, [2000] A.J. No. 679, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Keller v. Penkoske, 1999 ABQB 912, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
June 2019
Leading Expert Evidence at Trial
Presentations
All Things Expert - Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association Seminar
October 4, 2018
Top 10 Pitfalls Nurses Face in Litigation
Presentations
Edmonton Critical Care Symposium
September 2018
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
28 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
Field Law is proud to announce that 28 of our lawyers have been included in the 13th edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. These lawyers have been recognized in 17 service areas, resulting in a total of 36 rankings.Among the 28 Field Law l...
August 2017
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018
25 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
25 Lawyers from Field Law Recognized in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2018 Field Law is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers have been included in the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. Three of these lawyers are new additions a...
September 2013
MED526 Patient Centred Care II - Introduction to Health Law
April 2012
MED542: PHELO - Medical Legal Issues
February 2012
Law and Medicine Course - 2012
2011
MED526: Patient Centred Care
February 2010
Quality Assurance Decisions
February 2010
Damages Issues in Health Law
February 2010
The Case of the Witness with Two Hats
2010
Techniques in Negotiation (CPLED/Bar Admission Course)
October 2009
The Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act
September 2009
Health Care Errors and Apologies
August 2009
Case Comment: A.C. v. Manitoba (Director of Child and Family Services), 2009 SCC 30
June 2009
Retention of Fetal Heart Surveillance Strips
June 2009
Shoot, Was I Supposed to Report That?
  • Represented major health services provider in the first Public Inquiry in Alberta in three decades and the first judicial inquiry ever held under the Health Quality Council of Alberta Act
  • Represented health services provider in a judicial inquiry, including providing counsel for more than 30 witnesses, investigating the source of evidence presented to the Inquiry and making oral and written submissions on behalf of the client; Inquiry Report published and tabled in Alberta Legislature, August 2013
Education
University of Alberta, 1999, Juris Doctor
University of Lethbridge, 1996, Bachelor of Arts
Admissions
Alberta,2000
Northwest Territories,2011