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Meet Sonia S. Fabiani

Insurance Defence Lawyer

"My practice is restricted to insurance defence with a focus on tort, statutory accident benefits, priority and loss transfer disputes. In handling any file, my focus is on client communication and reporting in a timely manner."

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Professional Highlights

  • Practice Group Leader, Insurance Defence Group, London (2019 - 2020)
  • Deputy Practice Group Leader, Insurance Defence Group, London (2017 - 2019)
  • Partner, Lerners LLP (2012 to present)
  • Associate lawyer, Lerners LLP (2005-2012)
  • Articling student, Lerners LLP (2004-2005)
  • Summer student, Lerners LLP (2003)
  • Legal Intern, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (2002)

  • Motor vehicle claims
  • Property damage claims
  • Statutory accident benefits
  • Policy interpretation

  • Isaac v Matuszynska, 2018 ONCA 177, 2018 CanLII 105395 (SCC)
  • State Farm (Dorre) v. TD and MVACF (Arbitrator Bialkowski, February 27, 2017)
  • Toprak and Economical Mutual Insurance Company, FSCO A12-001626, August 2, 2016 and Decisions on Expenses dated January 9, 2017
  • WSIB Appeals Resolution Officer Decision, Estate of Richard Griffin, June 22, 2016
  • Isaac v. Matuszynska, 2016 ONSC 3617
  • Tran v. Beck, 2014, Ontario Superior Court of Justice - Second Chair, London Jury Trial arising out of a motor vehicle accident wherein the Defendants alleged the Plaintiff was not in the vehicle at the time of the collision.  Action dismissed.
  • Schneider v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 2010 ONSC 4734
  • Taylor v. TD Home and Auto Insurance Company et al, 2009 ONCA 580

  • “Navigating the Legal System After a Motor Vehicle Collision”, with S. Schenke, D. Lambe, and D. Gauvreau, Psychological Injury and Law, published by Springer Nature, July 2018
  • Speaker, The Licence Appeal Tribunal, A Year in Review and Future Handling, Canadian Defence Lawyers Conference, September 25, 2017
  • Speaker, Casualty Update - The Year in Review, OIAA Provincial Conference, May, 2017
  • Chair, The LAT is Coming!, Canadian Defence Lawyers Audioconference, February 29, 2016
  • Speaker, Canadian Defence Lawyers, Audioconference, March 26, 2014, Schmitz v. Lombard, 2014 ONCA 88
  • Changes to the SABS effective February 2014, London Claims Association Tradeshow & Provincial Seminars, March 20, 2014
  • Co-Chair of the Canadian Defence Lawyers Bootcamp Conference, September 4, 2013, Toronto
  • Speaker, Canadian Defence Lawyers Annual Accident Benefits Joint Defence and Plaintiff Programme, April 25, 2013
  • K. Ross and S. Fabiani, “Punitive Damages Awarded Against Impaired Driver”, Federated Press, Volume X, No. 2, 2007

  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for Litigation - Commercial Insurance (2021-2022)
  • Gowlings Prize in Civil Trial Advocacy (2004)
  • Arnup Cup (2004)
  • Sopinka Cup (2004)
  • Borden Ladner Gervais Employment/Labour Law Moot (2003)
  • The University of Western Ontario Gold Medal for highest academic standing at the undergraduate level in Political Science/Women’s Studies combined Honors Program (2001)

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Middlesex Law Association
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Meals on Wheels London

  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (2005)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Windsor (2004)
  • Political Science and Women’s Studies, Honors, The University of Western Ontario (2001)

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