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Laura L. Emmett

London Office 80 Dufferin Ave.
85 Dufferin Ave.
88 Dufferin Ave.

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Meet Laura L. Emmett

Insurance Defence Lawyer

"Whether it is through settlement or proceeding with trial, achieving the best possible result for my clients is both my main goal and the most satisfying part of my job."

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Professional Highlights

  • Partner, Lerners LLP (2014 to present)
  • Associate Lawyer, Lerners LLP (2008-2013)
  • Articling Student, Lerners LLP (2007-2008)
  • Community Legal Aid, Windsor (2005-2007)

  • Motor vehicle claims
  • Property damage claims
  • Statutory accident benefits
  • Policy interpretation
  • Product liability
  • General and Commercial Liability
  • Risk Management
  • Cyber and Privacy Liability
  • Drone Law

  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. TD General Insurance Company et al (February 27, 2017) - In a nine day priority dispute Arbitration, Laura acted for the successful Applicant in establishing that the Claimant was not principally dependent on State Farm’s named insured.
  • Decision 2713/16 - Laura acted for the successful Applicants in obtaining an Order pursuant to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 that the claim brought by the Respondent was barred because she was a worker at the time of the accident.
  • Montepeque v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company (November 2015) - Acting for the Defendant with Ian Dantzer in a five week jury trial, Laura successfully defended the Plaintiffs’ claim for damages. The jury found that the Plaintiff was solely liable for the motor vehicle accident and the claim was dismissed.
  • Decision No. 1940/15 - Laura acted for the successful Applicant in obtaining an Order pursuant to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 that the civil claim brought by the Respondent was barred because she was a worker at the time of an accident.
  • Conrad v. State Farm, 2014 ONSC 4 - Laura acted for the successful Defendant in obtaining summary judgment on the basis that the limitation period for claiming non-earner benefits had expired.
  • Kalabi v. Egal et al, 2013 ONSC 1128 - Laura acted for the successful Statutory Third Party in defeating a motion for summary judgment.  The Defendant sought a declaration that the Statutory Third Party defend and indemnify her.  The Statutory Third Party was successful in arguing that such a motion was premature.
  • Thach v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, FSCO Appeal P10-00019 – The Applicant appealed the Arbitrator’s decisions requiring her to produce the medical reports from the tort action and finding that a request for a neuro-psychological assessment was reasonable. Acting for the Respondent insurer with Kelly Tranquilli, Laura successfully defended the appeal.

  • Recognized as a "Leading Lawyer to Watch" in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for Litigation - Corporate Commercial
  • Lexpert "Rising Star" Award honouring Canada's Leading Lawyers Under 40 (2016)
  • Canadian Risk Manager, Global Risk Management Institute (2015)
  • Recipient, Richard B. Lindsay QC Exceptional Young Lawyer Award (2015)
  • Recipient, 20 Under 40 Award, Business London Magazine (2014)
  • J.W. Whiteside Award (2007)
  • Sabine and Raymond W. Leduc Strategic Management Award (2003)
  • Western Pre-Law Society Mock Trial Team Winner (2003)
  • Governor General’s Canadian History Medal for the Millennium (2000)

  • Co-Author, "The Annotated Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule", 2016-2017 Edition (Lexis Nexis Canada)
  • Speaker, "Navigating the LAT after One Year", Canadian Defence Lawyers Symposium, April 13, 2017
  • Speaker, "Privacy Law Update - Practical Tips for your Business & Insights from Recent Cases", FEI Canada SWO, March 8, 2017
  • Speaker, Canadian Defence Lawyers "The Licence Appeal Tribunal - The First 6 Months", November 10, 2016
  • Invited Speaker, Fanshawe College Insurance Program, November 8, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Privacy in the Sky, Potential Liability for Drone Operators", Claims Canada, August/September 2016
  • Co-Author, "Accident Benefits Changes", BarTalk, Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch, October 2016
  • Speaker, Canadian Defence Lawyers 'Boot Camp: Basic Training for New Defence Lawyers' program, September 1, 2016
  • "The legal status of drones in Canada: A Q&A", an interview with Peter Nowak for the blog, Alphabeatic, The Pulse of Tech and Culture, July 25, 2016
  • Co-Chair, Ontario Bar Association Program "I Have My Law Degree, Now What",  August 30, 2016
  • Co-Author, "T.K.L v. T.M.P - A Narrowing of the Newest Tort of the Public Disclosure of Private Facts", Hearsay, Canadian Defence Lawyers, June 2016
  • Speaker, Fanshawe College Drone Operation Compliance Course, May 4, 2016
  • Co-author, "The Continuing Evolution of Canadian Law and Privacy: The Impact of Social Media Posts", Claims Canada, April/May 2016 (read article)
  • Planning Committee, Ontario Bar Association “Beer Tasting and Mentor Round Table Discussion”,  April 14, 2016
  • Co-chair, Canadian Defence Lawyers “Loss Transfer & Priority Disputes” Conference, February 25, 2016
  • Speaker, Ontario Bar Association The Times They Are a-Changin’: The impact of Societal and Technological Advancements on Insurance Law, February 2, 2016 (read article)
  • Invited Speaker, Fanshawe College Insurance Program, June 11, 2015
  • Invited Speaker, Fanshawe College Law Clerk's Program, December 3, 2014
  • Speaker, Ontario Bar Association Life and Law Series: Women Lawyers Sharing Success Strategies, November 11, 2014
  • Co-chair, Canadian Defence Lawyers Boot Camp, September 4, 2014
  • Co-chair, Canadian Defence Lawyers Annual Meeting and Conference, June 5, 2014
  • Author, "Sietzema v. Economical", Hearsay, Canadian Defence Lawyers, Spring 2014 (read article)
  • Co-chair, Canadian Defence Lawyers Annual Accident Benefits Joint Defence and Plaintiff Programme, April 25, 2013
  • Panelist, Ontario Bar Association Life After Law School Program, Western University, March 5, 2013
  • Invited speaker, London Claims Association, October 18, 2012
  • Panelist, “Conquering the Generational Divide – What Makes the Generations Tick and What Ticks Them Off!”, Canadian Defence Lawyers Annual Meeting, Young Lawyers Session, June 7, 2012


  • Canadian Defence Lawyers (CDL)
  • Second Vice-President, Canadian Defence Lawyers (2016 to date)
  • Board of Directors, Canadian Defence Lawyers (2012 to date)
  • Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Canadian Defence Lawyers (2012 to date)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Steering Committee Member, Young Lawyers Division, DRI (2015 to date)
  • North American Membership Chair, DRI International (2014 to date)
  • Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
  • Chair, Young Lawyers Division, Ontario Bar Association Southwest Section Executive (August 2016-2017)
  • Southwest Young Lawyers Division Executive, Ontario Bar Association (2011 to date)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Middlesex Law Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Young & International
  • Past Canadian Marketing Liaison, DRI Annual Meeting, Boston, October 2016
  • Past Secretary/Treasurer, Canadian Defence Lawyers (2015 - 2016)
  • Past Canadian Marketing Liaison, DRI Annual Meeting, Washington, October 2015
  • Past Steering Committee Member, DRI Commercial Litigation Conference – Beyond Borders, Toronto, June 2015
  • Past Chair, Young Lawyers Division, Canadian Defence Lawyers (2012-2015)
  • Past Member, Student Division Executive, Ontario Bar Association (2007-2008)

Community Boards

  • Past President, Red Shoe Society (2017 to date)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Better Business Bureau of Western Ontario (2016 to date)
  • President, Red Shoe Society (2016)
  • Engage London Program Graduate, London Community Foundation (2015)
  • Past First Vice President, Red Shoe Society (2015)
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Childreach (2008-2014)
  • Past Second Vice President, Red Shoe Society (2014)
  • Past Secretary, Red Shoe Society (2012-2013)

  • Canadian Risk Manager (CRM), Western University (2015)
  • Admitted to Nunavut Bar (2015)
  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (2008)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Windsor (2007)
  • Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies, University of Western Ontario (2004)
  • Canadian Securities Institute (2002)

  • Enjoys traveling, skiing, water sports, golf and checking items off her bucket list

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