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Post-Hyrniak: A Panel Discussion

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50 minutes
David Brown
Sonia Fabiani
Dara Lambe
John H. McNair
Helen A. Rady
Middlesex Law Association
50 minutes
$89.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

The panel will discuss a number of the legal developments since the Hyrniak decision, in addition to providing practice advice.   Mr. Justice Brown will discuss the types of cases amenable to success on appeal from summary judgment, in addition to discussing the average time for dealing with these matters on appeal. Madam Justice Rady will provide guidance respecting best practises in preparing the record and arguing these motions.  Sonia Fabiani and John McNair will provide tips as seasoned litigators for selecting the right cases for summary judgment and practical tips for navigating these motions. 


The Honourable Mr. Justice David Brown

Justice David Brown was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in December, 2014, after sitting as a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in the Toronto Region since September, 2006, including several years on the Toronto Region Commercial List.  Immediately prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal, Justice Brown was serving as the President of the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association.

Before his appointment to the Bench, he was a partner with Stikeman Elliott LLP (Toronto) in its Litigation and Energy Groups.  He served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School teaching Energy Law from 2004 until 2006, and a Sessional Lecturer at Queen’s University Law School from 1990 to 2002 teaching Trial Advocacy. Justice Brown writes on a number of legal topics, including civil procedure reform and Newfoundland legal history.

Justice Brown earned his B.A. (Hons.), University of Toronto, 1976; Certificate, Beijing Languages Institute, 1977; Diploma, Nanjing University, 1978; J.D., 1981, University of Toronto; L.L.M., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2005; called to the Ontario Bar, 1983.

Sonia Fabiani

Sonia Fabiani is a partner at Lerners LLP where she has been practicing since 2005. She is the practice group leader of the Insurance Defence Group. She practices civil ligation with an emphasis on insurance defence in the areas of automobile insurance, accident benefits including priority and loss transfer disputes, coverage opinions, property claims and health law.

Dara Lambe

Dara Lambe is a Partner at Lerners LLP.  She has practiced since 2004 after completing a summer student position and articling position there. 

She specializes in the areas of Insurance Defence, Health Law, and Professional Regulation.  She has appeared before numerous tribunals and has represented her client’s interests in trials and appeals. 

Originally from Newfoundland, Dara loves to spend her free time travelling with her family. 

John H. McNair

John H. McNair is a partner at McKenzie Lake Lawyers who practises in the areas of commercial litigation, LawPro defence and workplace investigations. John is a former federal prosecutor and international prosecutor in Bosnia and Iraq, and has served as Vice Chair of the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board as well as managing partner of McKenzie Lake. He is a former trustee of the Middlesex Law Association and director of the Advocates Society. John is the father of twin sons, both lawyers, and twin grandsons, not yet lawyers.

The Honourable Madam Justice Helen A. Rady

Justice Rady was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in May 2003.  She presides in all areas of the court’s work, including civil, criminal, family and Divisional Court cases.  She is one of several judges in London designated to hear class action matters.  She served as London’s local administrative judge from 2006 until 2014. 

Prior to her appointment, Justice Rady was a partner at Harrison Pensa in London.  She practised civil litigation with a special interest in professional malpractice. 

Justice Rady studied at Western University graduating with a B.A. in 1978 and an LLB in 1981.  She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1983.

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