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Meet Nada Nicola-Howorth

Specialty Risk and Insurance Lawyer

"Finding creative and cost-effective strategies for managing the defence of claims is a welcome challenge. Thinking "outside-the-box" can often lead to efficient file-handling and the favourable resolution of claims."

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Professional Highlights

  • Partner, Lerners LLP (2009-present)
  • Associate lawyer, Lerners LLP (1999-2008)
  • Articling student, Lerners LLP (1997-1998)

  • Motor vehicle claims
  • Municipal liabilityPublic entity defence
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Property damage claims
  • Statutory accident benefits
  • Insurance fraud
  • General & Commercial liability
  • Nada has a varied insurance defence practice, with experience in a number of different areas. She has defended municipalities in class actions, cases involving the Occupiers’ Liability Act, road non-repair, building and other infrastructure issues. Nada has also been involved in the defence of property owners, professional liability claims and claims stemming from motor vehicle accidents.

  • Upchurch v. City of Oshawa 2013 ONSC 3375; 2014 ONCA 425 – Nada acted for the City of Oshawa in the Superior Court and on appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal in this successful defence of this action involving by-law and building code issues.
  • Lancaster (Litigation guardian of) v. Santos [2011] O.J. No. 3706 (ON SC) - Nada, along with Anne Spafford and Adam Patenaude, successfully defended the County of Dufferin in this multi-million dollar Third Party Action, involving issues of road design and signage.
  • Nadolny v. The Region of Peel – Nada acted for the Region of Peel in the defence of a potential class action commenced on behalf of a group of retired and non-unionized employees of the Region of Peel. Among other things, the plaintiffs alleged breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and negligent misrepresentation arising from the Region’s implementation of a cost sharing plan with respect to health benefit premiums. Nada successfully defended the plaintiffs’ attempt to have the action certified.

  • Program Co-Director and Presenter, “Conducting a Mediation: Best Practices”, The Osgoode Certificate in Insurance Defence Law & Practice, October 23-November 28, 2013
  • “Owners liable when injuries happen at the cottage”,, May 23, 2013 (Read online)
  • "Court rejects ‘certify now, worry later’ approach", The Lawyers Weekly, October  30, 2009

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for Medical Negligence & Professional Liability (2021-2022)
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada for Health Care Law, Medical Negligence, Professional Malpractice Law
  • While in law school, Nada received the Centennial Scholarship (1995-1996) and the Patrick A.A. Ryan Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Trial Advocacy (1996-1997). She was on the Dean's Honour List. Nada represented the University of New Brunswick at the Laskin Moot Court Competition (1995-1996).

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association

  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (1999)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of New Brunswick (1997)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Management and Marketing), Saint Mary’s University (1994)