Marc Yu
Marc Yu
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Marc Yu is an Edmonton-based lawyer focussing in the areas of health, insurance and privacy law. In his health law practice, Marc defends professional and institutional liability claims and his clients include health authorities, hospitals and healthcare workers. Marc also provides advice to territorial governments on policy and legislative drafting in the areas of professional regulation, mental health, public health and healthcare reorganization. Marc also has experience across a number of areas of insurance law including bodily injury, property loss, subrogated claims, and professional liability. In his privacy practice, clients rely on Marc for to provide advice on issues relating to access to information requests, privacy impact assessments, privacy policies and privacy breaches. Marc regularly represents organizations and public bodies before the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

Marc believes in client education as a key component of a successful relationship and delivers regular educational sessions to clients of the firm, and also through his role as an educator at the University of Alberta.

Clients come to Marc for support on a number of issues, including:

  • Medical-legal experience in the areas of malpractice defence, early dispute resolution of claims, and legislative drafting for a wide number of areas of health and social services.
  • Guidance with developing, improving and implementing company-wide privacy policies and human resource privacy initiatives.
  • Support across a number of components of insurance law, including bodily injury, property loss, subrogated claims, and professional liability.

Value to Clients

“I believe in providing clients with legal advice they would expect from our firm along with business-oriented solutions.  Locating the law is usually only the first step, as it needs to be translated into practical advice that can be integrated into the day-to-day activities of the client’s business environment.” 

Outside the Office

“I love living in a dynamic, growing city like Edmonton – there’s always something to do,” says the urban explorer. Whether he’s engaging with the city’s growing arts and culture scene, painting in acrylic or pastels, or playing tennis, Marc is always looking for ways to make the most of his time outside of work.

Canadian Bar Association, Health Law Section
Chair
2018 - Present
Canadian Bar Association, Health Law Section
Executive Member
2012 - 2018
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Clinical Faculty
Member
2013 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North)
Member
2011 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Health Law Section (North)
Member
2011 - Present
Provincial Court of Alberta
Civil Duty Counsel
2015 - 2018
Canadian Bar Association, Law Day
Chair
2018 - Present
Edmonton Police Service v Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2020 ABQB 10
McAvena v. Byrne, 2013 ABQB 306, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
July 7, 2020
Privacy for Health Care Organizations: What Has Changed and What Hasn’t?
Webinar
Health care organizations have had to adapt quickly during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to managing an unknown disease and focusing on patient care, day to day operational life has changed- videoconferencing, fit for work screening, and liab...
February 2020
Access to Information and Privilege: The Saga Continues
Field Law Blog
January 2020
Field Law Announces Four New Partners
The Firm welcomes Trevor Batty, Jennifer Marshall, Scott Matheson and Marc Yu to its partnership.  Field Law is pleased to welcome Trevor Batty, Jennifer Marshall, Scott Matheson and Marc Yu as partners of the Firm. The addition of four lawye...
September 2019
Immunizations and Immunity Provisions: The Scope of Protection Under the Public Health Act
Field Law Blog
August 2018
Use of Facial Recognition Software at Calgary Malls Raises Privacy Concerns
The Lawyer's Daily
March 2018
Mandatory Breach Reporting under PIPA and PIPEDA
2017-2018
Privacy Law for Human Resource Professionals (NAIT)
2017-2018
Privacy Fundamentals for Professional Regulators
2017 - Present
Privacy Law for Human Resource Professionals
November 2013
Supreme Court of Canada Declares Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act Unconstitutional
The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has declared the Alberta Personal Information Protection and Privacy Act (PIPA) unconstitutional in its entirety in the UFCW case 2013 SCC 62. This will have far-­reaching effects for organizations subject to ...
2013 - Present
Legal and Ethical Issues in Laboratory Medicine
University of Alberta
June 2013
No One Needs to Know: The Pierringer Agreement Settlement Amount Need Not Be Disclosed
In the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision of Sable Offshore Energy Inc. v. Ameron International, 2013 SCC 37, Sable Offshore Energy sued multiple suppliers and contractors who supplied paint and completed surface preparations that w...

We were approached by an insurance company whose insured had made an access to information request for records relating to an insurance claim. The insurance company wanted to preserve its relationship with the insured while protecting internal records.

Working with the client and insurance adjuster, we reviewed the records being sought by the insured and devised a fair approach to the access request. We gave the insured access to a substantial amount of records to alleviate concerns over the claim's handling while maintaining a firm approach in withholding records that were sensitive to the client. The insured sought a review of our response to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. We maintained our position, taking into account the need to set a precedent for future access requests that may be made to the client by other individuals.

We successfully defended our position before the Privacy Commissioner and also managed to avoid further Inquiry. Processes before the Privacy Commissioner can take time to resolve, and we were able to provide regular updates on the status and minimize expenses incurred.

Education
University of Alberta, 2011, Juris Doctor
University of Alberta, 2007, Bachelor of Science, Medical Laboratory Science, With Distinction and Honours in Research
Admissions
Alberta,2012
Northwest Territories,2014