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Anna Matas

Anna Matas

- Partner -

“ As a lawyer specializing in sexual assault and abuse cases, I understand that pursuing justice can be a very emotional process for a survivor. Legal proceedings are complex, so I empower clients by making sure they understand their options. I am passionate about fighting for my clients, and helping them achieve the best possible resolution in every case. ”

CONTACT INFO

Email: amatas@lerners.ca
Phone: 416-601-2658
Fax: 416-867-2443
130 Adelaide St. West, Suite 2400, Toronto, ON M5H 3P5

Professional History

  • Partner, Lerners LLP (2019 to present)
  • Associate, Lerners LLP (2013 to 2019)
  • Associate lawyer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP (2008-2013)
  • Associate Legal Officer, Trial Chamber II, U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (Arusha, Tanzania) (2009, while on leave from McCarthy Tétrault)
  • Associate Legal Officer, Trial Chamber I, Special Court for Sierra Leone (Freetown, Sierra Leone) (2006-2007)
  • Student-at-law, McCarthy Tétrault LLP (2005, 2007-2008)

Achievements

  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada (2021)
  • I. Ballon Memorial Medal, McGill University (2005)
  • Bereskin Parr Prize, McGill University (2005)
  • Student of Highest Distinction, McGill University (2005)
  • Lindsay Anne Cameron Award, McGill University (2004)
  • E. Leo Kolber Entrance Scholarship (2002)

Noteworthy Cases

  • Dozens of appearances before Administrative Tribunals including the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
  • Rosenthal v. Rosenthal, 2014 ONSC 317 – historical sexual abuse trial, served as amicus curiae (friend of the court)
  • Globalive Wireless Management Corp. v. Public Mobile Inc., 2011 FCA 194
  •  Public Mobile Inc. v. Canada (Attorney General), 2011 FC 267
  •  Milne v. St. Joseph’s Health Centre, 2009 CanLII 51196 (ON SC)
  •  Hill v. Allen, 2009 ONCA 70

Selected Presentations/Publications

  • Anna Matas, “Good, fast or cheap? Compensation for victims of violent crime is changing, and it won’t be all three.” The Advocates’ Journal, Fall 2019, Vol. 38, No. 2, p. 34-36
  • Anna Matas, “Missed opportunities when derivative claims for sexual abuser aren’t considered”, The Lawyer’s Daily, (October 10, 2017)
  • Anna Matas, “The use of pseudonyms in civil cases”, Canadian Lawyer Mag, (December 7, 2015)
  • Anna Matas, “Law Takes Aim at Cyberbullies”, The Lawyers Weekly, (November 6, 2015)
  • Anna Matas and Elizabeth K.P. Grace, “A Bankrupt Can’t Escape a Judgment for Sexual Assault”, Slaw, (March 26, 2014)
  • Anna Matas, “Liability and the sexually transmitted disease”, The Lawyers Weekly, (February 7, 2014)
  • Anna Matas, “Introduction”, The Law Reports of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, vol. 2, Prosecutor v. Fofana and Kondewa (The CDF Case), (Netherlands, Martinus Nijhoff, 2014)
  • Elizabeth Grace and Anna Matas, “School’s still out on vicarious liability”, The Lawyers Weekly, vol. 33, no. 8 (June 21, 2013)

Memberships

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Toronto Lawyers’ Association
  • Women’s Law Association of Ontario

Complementary Areas of Practice

  • Health Law

Education

  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (2008)
  • LL.B. and B.C.L. (with distinction), McGill University (2005)
  • B.Sc. (with highest distinction), University of Winnipeg (1998)

Volunteer Work

  • Director, Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic (2016 – present)
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