Helga Van Iderstine, K.C.


Winnipeg / Services provided by H D Van Iderstine Law Corporation

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Education & Qualifications

  • Manitoba Bar (1991)
  • LLB (Manitoba, 1990)
  • BRS (Manitoba, 1984)

Helga practises in the areas of litigation and administrative law, and advises on matters related to regulatory issues, professional liability, health care and utilities.

Helga has a broad civil litigation and administrative law practice. She has extensive experience with regulatory issues and professional liability claims. Her wide ranging practice also includes, health law and human rights, energy and public utility regulation, and bidding and tendering issues, and personal injury. She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Helga co-led the project resulting in the University of Manitoba’s report: “Responding to Sexual Violence, Harassment & Discrimination at the University of Manitoba: A Path Forward.”

She is currently a board member of Legal Aid Manitoba Management Council and is active in other community boards. She has been a past president of the Law Society and is a past recipient of the MBA – Pro Bono Public Interest award.

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Board of Governors, Southwood Golf and Country Club (present)
  • Board Member, World Trade Centre Winnipeg (present)
  • Board Member, Legal Aid Management Council, Manitoba (2020-present)
  • Chair, Canada Games Legacy Trust (present)
  • Member, Practice and Ethics Committee, Law Society of Manitoba (2018)
  • Board Member, Manitoba Theatre Centre (2015-2021)
  • Corporate Secretary, 2017 Canada Games (2013-present)
  • Board of Directors, Manitoba Law Foundation Board (2013-2016)
  • Council Member, University of Manitoba Law Faculty (2012-2014)
  • Trustee, University of Manitoba Faculty of Law Endowment Fund (2012-present)
  • Law Society of Manitoba Presidents Charity, Lawyers for Literacy, West Broadway Youth Organization, (2012-2013)
  • President, Law Society (2011-2012)
  • Board of Directors, Canada Iceland Foundation (2011-present)
  • Co-chair, Legal Help Centre Opening Celebration Dinner (May 2011)
  • Committee Member, Canada Iceland Foundation Scholarship (2007- present), Chair (2010-2021)
  • Leadership Committee, United Way (2009)
  • Organizing Committee Member, Children’s Hospital Foundation Ice Crystal Gala (2008-2010)
  • Board of Directors, Red River Exhibition Association (1999-2007), Executive Board (2003-2007)
  • Board of Director positions with National Sports Centre Manitoba (2001-2003); Manitoba Sports Federation (1995-1996)
  • Trustee positions with Manitoba Foundation for Sport (1995-2008), Sport Manitoba Legacy Trust Fund (1996-2000)
  • Judicial Nominations Committee for Manitoba Provincial Court (2010, 2012)
  • Articling Task Force (2012)
  • Vice Chair, Discipline Committee (2013-2014); Member, Discipline Committee (2012-2014, present)
  • Member, Equity Committee, Law Society of Manitoba (2009-2012)
  • Member, Complaints Investigation Committee, Law Society of Manitoba (2007-2012, 2014-2018), Chair (2009), Vice Chair (2008)
  • Member, Admissions and Education Committee, Law Society of Manitoba (2010-2011)
  • Member, Professional Liability Claims Fund Committee, Law Society of Manitoba (2009-present)
  • Member, Reimbursement Fund Committee, Law Society of Manitoba (2006-2007 and 2020-present)
  • Member, Practice and Ethics Committee, Law Society of Manitoba (2005-2006)
  • Chair, Health Law Subsection (2004-2005)
  • Board of Directors, Legal Data Resources Corporation (2007-2011)
  • Board of Directors, Manitoba Alternate, Canadian Lawyers Insurance Company (CLIA) (2007-2011)
  • Member, Law Society of Manitoba
  • Member, Manitoba Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Honorary Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Honorary Member, Law Society of Saskatchewan
  • “Medical Assistance in Dying: Balancing Rights of Patients and Providers,” CBA Health Law Summit (2019)
  • Manitoba Bar Association, Midwinter Meeting, Litigation privilege (2014)
  • Update on Privacy, Continuing Professional Development Presentation (2014)
  • “Disputes in Tendering,” Upword (September 19, 2012)
  • “Social Networking: Marketing Yourself Best Practices, Ethical and Other Consideration,” Continuing Professional Development Presentation (February 2012)
  • Canadian Bar Association, Health and Law Forum (2009, 2011)
  • Canadian Bar Association (MB) Midwinter Meeting, personal Injury Damages (2011)
  • Pitblado Lectures, Appellate Law (2006)
  • Law Society of Manitoba – Bar Administration Course and CPLED program – group leader/facilitator/lecturer, advocacy and discovery
  • Various presentations to law students and lawyers on litigation practice issues
  • Various presentations to medical students on issues of medicine, ethics and the law
  • “Confidentiality, Privilege and Privacy: Keep It To Yourself,” Articling Presentation (annual)
  • Named by Best Lawyers as the Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation (2016, 2018,  2021)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers for Personal Injury Litigation (since 2006)
  • Recipient of MBA Pro Bono Award for Families First project (January 2012)
  • A leading practitioner, Medical Negligence (Represents Defendants), Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (since 2010)