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Gillian Hnatiw & Co. adds senior personal injury lawyer

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 9:16 AM | By John Chunn

Gillian Hnatiw & Co. welcomed senior lawyer Anna Matas to its team.

The firm’s press release said that Matas has practised extensively in the areas of personal injury and professional liability since her call to the bar in 2008. Her practice focuses on the representation of survivors of sexual violence and other misconduct, in both civil and administrative proceedings. She defends regulated health-care providers against allegations of medical negligence, professional misconduct and other complaints, and she provides advice on a wide range of privacy issues, including in the college discipline context. She also represents individuals before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and other administrative tribunals. 

As a former law clerk to judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (war crimes tribunals in Africa), Matas gained extensive experience providing decision makers with fair and neutral advice on a wide range of procedural and substantive legal issues, including those that arise unexpectedly mid-hearing. In Ontario, she has used this experience when acting as independent legal counsel in discipline proceedings for regulated health professionals, and as amicus curiae in a historical sexual assault case before the Superior Court of Justice.

Matas has been a volunteer member of the board of directors of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic since 2016, and in 2020 was elected to the position of secretary. In her role on the board, she assists in providing strategic direction and governance to the clinic, which provides legal, counselling and interpretation services to female-identified survivors of violence.