Helga Van Iderstine


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 practises in the areas of civil litigation and administrative law. She has extensive experience with regulatory issues, including energy and public utility regulation. Helga also advises on health law and personal injury. She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a fellow of Litigation Counsel of America and has been consistently recognized in Best 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.” The 155-page report is the culmination of a comprehensive, seven-month review of issues related to sexual violence, harassment and discrimination affecting students, staff and faculty members.

Helga has been a group leader, facilitator and lecturer on civil litigation and discovery for the Law Society of Manitoba’s Bar Admission Course and CPLED program. She has presented on professional liability, medical and legal issues including ethics, civil litigation and damages to students at law, medical students, lawyers and physicians. Helga is a board member of Legal Aid Manitoba and a member of the Reimbursement Committee of the Law Society and a member of the Admissions and Education Appeal Committee of the Law Society.

  • 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)