Gillian Hnatiw's Archive

Sex assault victim of taekwondo instructor King Yeung sues academy, CFS

A woman, represented by Lerners Lawyers Gillian Hnatiw and Anna Matas, alleges academy and West Region Child and Family Services failed to protect her from predator. Read the full article on cbc.ca.

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Anonymous Testimonial

“I want to thank you for giving me a legal voice with a difficult and very personal matter. In addition to being my legal voice, you handled my case with sincerity and compassion.” – A.S.

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Why Canada needs more female judges

Sexual Assault and Abuse lawyer, Gillian Hnatiw had her opinion piece feature on Chatelaine. Gillian offers one simple solution to help survivors in court: appoint more women to the bench. Read her full article: “Why Canada needs more female judges“

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Defendant in revenge porn case seeking a do-over: Porter

Sexual abuse lawyer, Gillian Hnatiw, was asked to comment on a case where a defendant’s lawyer is asking for a ruling to be ‘put aside’ as the defendant has been able to hire counsel and would like the chance to defend himself. Read the full story on thestar.com.  

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“I wanted you to know that you have had a positive impact on my life”

“I truly appreciated your support and compassion which did help very much. I appreciate your genuine concern and encouragement…I wanted you to know that you have had a positive impact on my life.” T.D.

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“What you have made possible for me opens doors I cannot yet even imagine”

“Thank-you for your unfailing professionalism, humor, patience, supportiveness and your incredibly empowering approach. What you have made possible for me opens doors I cannot yet even imagine.” R.M.

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Sexual Assault Case Testimonial- Meet M.D.

“Before I met Gillian I suffered severe trauma; I was sexually abused for years. I had repercussions so severe, I lost my art, job, passion and my soul. The priest who sexually abused my body and mind was a sick priest. He was very sick and dangerous; he is deceased now. When I met Gillian […]

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What’s really on trial in the Ghomeshi case (Gillian Hnatiw quoted)

Last fall, in a bid to forestall the inevitable glare on Ghomeshi’s four accusers, Gillian Hnatiw, the Toronto lawyer representing Lucy DeCoutere (the only complainant to request not to have a publication ban on her name) issued a statement: “Fundamentally, the case is about the alleged behaviour of Mr. Ghomeshi,” it read in part. “It is […]

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Ontario introduces new legislation to stop sexual violence

Eight short months after the release of its ambitious plan to tackle sexual violence and harassment, the Ontario Liberal government has taken the first step to make those recommendations the law. Right now, a sexual assault survivor has up to two years to take legal action against his or her attacker before it’s considered “too late” in […]

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‘This changed me.’ The lasting impact of the Ghomeshi scandal (Gillian Hnatiw quoted)

It’s been exactly one year since Jian Ghomeshi was fired from the CBC, the first in a series of events that would lead to his arrest. We asked seven women to reflect on how that day affected their work and their lives. Gillian Hnatiw is a partner at Lerners LLP and represented Lucy DeCoutere, a […]

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