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Meet Anna Matas

Health Law Lawyer

"My knowledge of the law, along with my degree in biochemistry and my background as a biomedical research scientist, makes me uniquely qualified to represent health care professional when they face legal or disciplinary challenges."

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Professional Highlights

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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
  • Speaker, "Developing Issues and Recent Decisions Affecting Your Clients’ Privacy Practices", at the Ontario Bar Association, Privacy Law Summit, April 12, 2018
  • Speaker, "What's on the Horizon: New and Emerging Issues", at Osgoode Professional Development program, Current & Emerging Issues in Civil Sexual Assault, February 26, 2018
  • Speaker, "Civil Sexual Assault Claims", at the Annual General Meeting of ACTRA [Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists], a labour union, February 22, 2018
  • Anna Matas, “Missed opportunities when derivative claims for sexual abuse aren’t considered”, The Lawyer’s Daily, (October 10, 2017)
  • Elizabeth Grace and Anna Matas, “School’s still out on vicarious liability”, The Lawyers Weekly, vol. 33, no. 8 (June 21, 2013)
  • Anna Matas, “Introduction”, The Law Reports of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, vol. 2, Prosecutor v. Fofana and Kondewa (The CDF Case), (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2013) (Read Introduction)

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

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

  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (2008)
  • LL.B. and B.C.L. (with distinction), McGill University (2006)
  • B.Sc. (with highest distinction), University of Winnipeg (1998)