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Maia L. Bent

Maia L. Bent

Partner

85 Dufferin Ave., PO Box 2335
London, ON N6A 4G4
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Professional experience

  • President, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (2015)
  • Skills Instructor, The Advocates’ Society (2013 – present)
  • Partner, Lerners LLP (2005 to present)
  • Associate Lawyer, Lerners LLP (1998 -2004)
  • Associate Lawyer, Pensa & Associates (1997-1998)

 

Areas of Focus

  • Maia works on serious personal injury, fatality, disability and insurance cases for adults, children and their families

 

Achievements

  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada (2015)
  • Recognized and consistently recommended by Lexpert as a leading lawyer in the area of personal injury (2014 – 2015)
  • Recipient,  Ontario Volunteer Service Award (2007 – 2014)
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association Women’s Caucus Award (2012)
  • Ontario Brain Injury Association’s Professional of the Year Award (2012)
  • Past President, The Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southwestern Ontario
  • Past President, Sarnia Brain Injury Association

 

Client Testimonials

“As a member of the hospitality industry I am in the midst daily of trying to preach to my staff and live the importance of customer service. Since the first day that I started to work with you and your team as the executor of K’s estate, and even before that when K, while still alive, would rave about how compassionate and kind you were, you and your team have impressed me with your care, compassion and heartfelt concern about K’s and, following her death, her two son’s well-being.

Your ability to help me personally through a lot of situations that came up with her case that were at times overwhelming is something I will always remember.  You will be at the very top of the list of lawyers that I will recommend to anyone who needs legal assistance.  Your passion for doing the right and ethical thing seems to be something a lot of professionals struggle with, but you have perfected.

K was very fortunate to be referred to you and I appreciate every you and your team have done over the past couple of years to help the family get through some very trying times.”
Allen Morgan, Manager, Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

“It is difficult to put into words and accurately express my gratitude to you and your support staff.  All my uncertainties and questions were met with a calm, personable and professional assurance that all would be looked after.  Your overall attention to my inquiries and complaints made the process a very tolerable one.  I was always impressed with how you and your staff would field my questions and issues with prompt and informed direction.  I constantly found you and your staff current and well informed with my specific file and you consistently gave me undivided attention with my endless inquiries.  I have absolutely no hesitation or reserve to recommend Lerners and specifically you Maia to be legal counsel.”
Kim S.

“Thank you so much for your effort, time and skills you contributed on my case.  We are very happy with the result of the settlement.  We can imagine how hard this case was.  We can also imagine how much effort you have put into the case.  We appreciate the smooth communications between us.  I feel lucky to have chosen you as my lawyer.”
Michael X.

“We cannot put into words the respect and admiration we have for you.  Thank God you came into our lives.  It has been hard for us, but you and your staff were there for us all the way.  We put our trust in you and you didn’t disappoint us and for that we thank you.”
Michael B.

 

Noteworthy cases of record

Kelly v. County of Perth – with partner Nancy McAuley, obtained a trial decision of $6,000,000 for a young woman who lost control on an icy highway and suffered devastating injury;  100% fault was found on the County for not maintaining the roads properly

Armstrong v. Van Meeteren – with partner Nancy McAuley, obtained a jury award of $1,223,229.70 for a snowmobiler run over by a snowplow

Mallat v. Personal Insurance – successful arbitration to establish that a student seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident is catastrophically impaired and entitled to enhanced accident benefits

Hamilton v. Kember – this motion established that parents who leave their children alone knowing they will be serving alcohol to minors have a duty of care to those who are hurt as a result

K.K. v. K.W.G. – successful trial verdict, upheld by the Court of Appeal, for a client who had suffered severe sexual abuse as a child at the hands of her now-deceased father

Mazur v. Elias – successful trial verdict, upheld by the Court of Appeal, which compelled an insurance company to pay benefits to an accident victim

 

Selected presentations/publications

Maia takes an active role in instructing other lawyers on important continuing legal education issues.  She regularly attends as an invited speaker at conferences and seminars hosted by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Associations, The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association, the Middlesex Law Association and various Brain Injury Associations.

“Rule 49 Offers to Settle” (Panelist, Straight from the Bench, Civil Litigation Conference, The Middlesex Law Association, 2015)

“Limitations and Discoverability” (Speaker, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2015)

“Precedent Power: A Manifesto” (Speaker, Spring Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2014)

“Bulletproof Offers to Settle” (Speaker, Spring Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2013)

“Armstrong v. Van Meeteren, A Case Study” (Speaker, Personal Injury Conference, Middlesex Law Association, 2013)

“Tort Law Survey” (Speaker, Tricks of the Trade, The Advocates’ Society, 2013)

“Grace Under Pressure” (Speaker, Spring Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2012)

“Understanding Serious Injury: Adjuster Training and Education” (Speaker, Insurance Institute of Canada, 2012)

Middlesex Law Association Mentoring Program (Invited Mentor, 2011)

The Advocates’ Society Courthouse Series (Co-chair 2010 – 2013)

Brain Injury Association of London Conference (Chair 2010)

Brain Injury Association of Sarnia-Lambton Conference (Chair 2008 – 2011)

“Surviving from Accident to Settlement” (Speaker, Amendments to the SABS Conference, 2010)

“Writing Rehab Reports Under the New Rules” (Guest Speaker, Brainworks, 2009)

“Testifying in Court” (Speaker, Brain Injury Association of London Conference, 2009)

“$100,000 – The Increased Simplified Procedure” (Speaker, Fall Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2009)

“Multiple Deductibles – Fact or Fiction?” (Speaker, Spring Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2009)

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Spring Conference (Co-chair, 2009)

“Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure” (Speaker, Middlesex Law Association, 2009)

“Order in the Court!” (Advocacy Demonstration, London Court House Series, 2009)

Women’s Caucus Conference (Chair, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2008)

“Six Months Before Trial – What Do I Need to Do?” (Speaker, A New Lawyers Division Primer, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2008)

“The Cap on Non-Pecuniary Damages” (Speaker, Assessment of Damages – A Plaintiff and Defence Perspective, Middlesex Law Association\Ontario Bar Association, 2007)

“Advancing the Solicitor’s Negligence Claim” (Speaker, Spring Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2007)

“Undertakings:  It’s About More Than Give or Take” (Speaker, A New Lawyers Division Primer, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2007)

Civil Trial Advocacy Course, University of Windsor (Guest Instructor, 2007).

“Working With Insurance Cases” (Speaker, Association of Discharge Planning Co-Ordinators of Ontario, 2006)

“Auto Insurance:  What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You” (Speaker, London Business & Professional Women’s Club, 2006)

“Aggravated Damages and Asselstine” (Speaker, Winning the Bad Faith Case V, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2006)

“How Do You Like Me So Far? An Accident Benefit Update for the ABI Community” (Speaker, The Brain Injury Association of London, 2005)

Intermediate Member’s Committee Luncheon Speakers Series (Chair, The Advocates’ Society, London, 2000-2001)

Reported decisions in Ontario Reports, Canadian Cases on the Law of Insurance, The Ontario Accident Benefit Case Summaries, The Lawyer’s Weekly and The Law Times

 

Memberships

  • Board Member, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Middlesex Law Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Brain Injury Association of London and Region

 

Education

  • Admitted to the Bar, Law Society of Upper Canada (1998)
  • Bachelor of Laws, The University of Western Ontario (1996)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta (1989)

 

Personal Interests

  • Film, theatre, golf, cooking, reading, travel, environmental issues