Jonathan P. Rossall, Q.C.

Jonathan P. Rossall, Q.C.: Attorney with McLennan Ross LLP
Attorney Awards


Jon’s practice focuses primarily on health law, largely acting on behalf of physicians or physician organizations. His work includes general counsel and administrative work as well as defence litigation, as well as practices in the areas of commercial litigation and municipal law.

Jon has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, as well as the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has appeared before a variety of administrative panels and boards including the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal, Municipal Subdivision and Development Appeals Tribunals, Liquor Control Board hearings and professional discipline hearings.

Awards and Recognition:

•Health Care Law, Insurance Law and Medical Negligence, Best Lawyers in Canada, 2010 - 2019
•Leading Practitioner - Medical Negligence, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
•Lawyer of the Year - Medical Negligence, Best Lawyers in Canada, 2017
•BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
•Queen’s Counsel, 2006


•Acts as legal counsel to the association which represents all Alberta physicians in contract negotiations with Government and in providing membership benefits.
•Acts as legal counsel to the Alberta organization representing medical Residents, including assistance in arbitrating funding agreements as well as general counsel.
•Provided legal assistance to physicians in the Northwest Territories and, to an extent, in Alberta, on behalf of a national medical defence organization for over a decade.
•Represents a number of municipalities in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Alberta in relation to regulatory and enforcement issues.
•Represented individuals and corporations on a variety of development matters in various municipalities throughout Alberta.
•Provides assistance to a variety of regulatory boards and panels on administrative law issues.
•Provides advice to physicians on practice-related issues including funding arrangements, privacy matters and risk management.
•Has developed an expertise in health-related privacy issues, primarily in relation to Alberta's Health Information Act.


• High Times Ahead: How Will Cannabis Legalization Affect Physicians, Jon Rossall, QC and Nathaniel Brenneis, Alberta Doctor's Digest, 2017
• I Get High With a Little Help From My...Prime Minister?, Jon Rossall, Q.C., Alberta Doctor's Digest, 2017
• Alberta Court Grants First Exemption for Physician-Assisted Death, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2015
• Attempting to Pull the Wool Over a Judgment Creditor's Eyes, Jon Rossall, Q.C. and Mustafa Farooq, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2015
• I Get High With a Little Help From My...Doctor?, Jon Rossall, Q.C., Alberta Doctor's Digest, 2014
• Debating A Physician’s Right to Withdraw Life-Sustaining Measures, Alberta Doctor's Digest, 2011
• When is a Custodian Not a Custodian?, Jon Rossall, Q.C. and Rina Urish, Alberta Health Law Review, 2011
• The Alberta Health Act - A Principled Approach to Legislative Change, Alberta Doctor's Digest, 2011
• OIPC Criticizes Missing EMR Audit Trail, Alberta Doctor's Digest, 2010
• Should “Not Fitting In” Form the Basis for a Revocation/Change to Privileges?, Alberta Doctor's Digest, 2010

• Custodian vs. Affiliate - Many More Questions Than Answers, Alberta Doctor's Digest, 2010
• Work/Life Balance - Lessons to Be Learned From the Legal Profession, Alberta Doctor's Digest, 2010
• Preserving a Cause of Action Under the Fatal Accidents Act, Alberta Doctor's Digest, 2010


•“Preparing and Examining the Expert Witness”, Northwest Territories Civil Trial Advocacy Program
•Canadian Medical Protective Association Bi-Annual Provincial Counsel Conferences (2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003 and 2001)
•“Chambers Advocacy”, CPLED Bar Admission Courses

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Health
  • Insurance & Risk Management
  • Litigation
  • Municipal
  • Northern
  • Aboriginal
  • Cannabis

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780.482.9216  Phone
University Attended:
University of Alberta, B.A.
Law School Attended:
McGill University, LL.M., 1986; University of Alberta, LLB, 1980
Year of First Admission:
2005, Nunavut; 1981, Alberta; 2000, Northwest Territories

Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities

•Member, Canadian Bar Association
•Insurance Section
•Civil Litigation Section
•Health Law Section
•Member, Edmonton Bar Association
•Member, Advocates Society
•Board of Directors, Evan Grykuliak Memorial Society
•Former President, Glenora Community League
•Former President, Capital Hill United Soccer Club
•Volunteer, Uncles at Large


Peer Reviews

4.4/5.0 (15 reviews)
A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Other Law Firm Position on 05/19/13 in Health Care Privacy

    An excellent lawyer and very decent person. I have a lot of regard for Jon.

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 05/19/13 in Medical Malpractice Defense

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