J. Mark Jackson
J. Mark Jackson
KC(He/Him)
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J. Mark Jackson, KC is focused on health law litigation, hospital-physician relationships, post-graduate medical education matters, and generally advising health care organizations on policy and contract issues. He is engaged in a broad range of health care-related issues on behalf of public and private sector clients in Alberta, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories. Mark's practice is divided between representing health care organizations facing complex medical malpractice claims and supporting medical leadership in their designated roles under medical staff Bylaws and Rules.

Mark’s health care clients include health authorities, medical leadership, active treatment hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health care providers. He regularly represents clients in medical malpractice litigation, hearings, inquests, appeals and fatality inquiries and provides advice on quality assurance and clinical issues, policies, standards of care and risk management. Known for his technical depth and skilled questioning, Mark has assisted clients before the Alberta Court of King’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, arbitrations, hearings, and mediation. Mark is involved in drafting and updating medical staff bylaws and rules, advising on hospital-physician relationships, and representing medical leadership in administrative hearings and before statutory appeal bodies.

For 23 years Mark has worked closely with health care organizations, medical leadership, and health care staff, including representing their interests in hearings, at trial and on appeal. Mark is also a frequent lecturer on risk management issues, documentation, and best practices using practical examples that arise in actual litigation. 

Mark carefully monitors health care reform, medical malpractice law and health care legislation on a provincial and federal level, offering advice and guidance to clients impacted by 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.

Medical Negligence "Lawyer of the Year" - Edmonton
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2020, 2022, 2024
Listed Medical Negligence
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2014 - 2024
"Repeatedly Recommended" Medical Negligence - Represents Defendants
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
2011 - 2023
"Litigation Star"
Benchmark Canada
2017 - 2023
Federation of Law Societies of Canada
National Admission Standards Project Task Force Member
2011 - Present
Little Friends Nursery School
Board Member
2006 - 2007
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
Edmonton Community Foundation, Wills Week Committee
Member
1998 - 2001
Ewashko v Hugo, 2020 ABCA 228
Makis v Alberta Health Services, 2020 ABQB 245
Makis v Alberta Health Services, 2020 ABCA 168
Holmes v Gibson, 2020 ABQB 322
Al-Ghamdi v College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, 2020 ABCA 81
Makis v Alberta Health Services, 2019 ABCA 288
Makis v Alberta Health Services, 2019 ABCA 23
R v Fassman, 2019 ABQB 61
Modry v. Alberta Health Services, 2015 ABCA 265, Alberta Court of Appeal
Modry v. Alberta Health Services, 2015 ABCA 328, Alberta Court of Appeal
Dunlop v. Paras, 2011 ABCA 50, Alberta Court of Appeal
R. v. Pol, 2011 ABPC 121, Alberta Provincial Court
R. v. Black, 2011 ABCA 349, Alberta Court of Appeal
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
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. v. Brown, [2004] F.C.J. No. 1648, Federal Court Judgements
Grand Tank (International) Inc. c. Brown, [2004] A.C.F. no 1648, Federal Court of Appeal
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
R. v. Pike, [2001] A.J. No. 2001, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Keller v. Penkoske, 2001 ABCA 260, Alberta Court of Appeal
R. v. Zhang, [2001] A.J. No. 824, Alberta Provincial Court, Civil Division
Keller (Next friend of) v. Penkoske, [2001] A.J. No. 1319, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
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
  • 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
British Columbia,2021
Northwest Territories,2011
Alberta,2000