Anna Matas

Anna Matas
Lerners LLP
Civil Litigation, Personal Injury

An associate with Lerners LLP in Toronto, Anna Matas is a civil litigator who focuses her practice on sexual abuse survivors.

She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008 after receiving her Bachelor of Civil Laws/Bachelor of Laws in 2006 from McGill University and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Winnipeg in 1998.

Ms. Matas’ practice also includes health, insurance defence law and professional regulation. She regularly assists sexual abuse survivors achieve justice by bringing civil actions, and assists physicians in defending their reputations in court or before the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Ms. Matas was previously an Associate Legal Officer in Trial Chamber II, at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (Arusha, Tanzania). She held the same position in Trial Chamber I of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (Freetown, Sierra Leone).

She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Toronto Lawyers’ Association, the Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association.

Anna Matas Posts

Vulnerable will suffer most from CICB's demise

The provincial government’s move to scrap the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) will hit some of society’s most vulnerable crime victims, Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Anna Matas tells Read more

Government disbands the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

By Anna Matas . Recently, the Conservative government of Ontario tabled a budget titled “Protecting What Matters Most.” Unfortunately for survivors of violent crimes, “what matters most” does not appear to include compensation for the harms they have suffered as the victims of crimes like sexual assault. Read more

Quebec parties meet to discuss ways to better support sexual assault victims

MONTREAL — Members of Quebec's three main opposition parties met with the justice minister recently to discuss how to reform the way Quebec adjudicates sexual assault cases. Read more

After #MeToo, Canada sees sharp increase in sexual assault complaints

MONTREAL — The number of sexual assault complaints filed with police and classified as founded increased sharply in Canada after the #MeToo movement went viral in October 2017. Read more

N.L. proposal would allow anonymous reporting of sexual assaults

JOHN'S, N.L. — Sexual assault victims may soon be able to report attacks anonymously to police through third parties in Newfoundland and Labrador — part of a growing trend among provinces trying to find ways of protecting victims. Read more

Ontario judge restores defence of extreme drunkenness in sexual assaults

TORONTO — People accused of sexual assault in Ontario are once again allowed to use excessive intoxication as a defence against criminal charges, a judge has ruled, finding that a federal law preventing such an argument is unconstitutional. Read more

Judicial council offers courses for judges on handling sex assault cases

OTTAWA — The Canadian Judicial Council has launched a new website showcasing the training courses it is offering to federally appointed judges — including seminars to help judges handle sexual assault cases. Read more

N.L. to introduce legislation to target 'revenge porn'

It’s encouraging to see provinces create legislation to deal with the issue of non-consensual online sharing of intimate images, Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Anna Matas tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Newfoundland and Labrador to target 'revenge porn' with new law

JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador will target so-called revenge porn with new legislation to crack down on those who share intimate images without consent. Read more

ACTRA working to address sexual misconduct: Matas

The organization that represents Canada’s film, television and radio artists has undertaken steps to address the wave of sexual misconduct allegations in the industry that began with Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein, says Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Anna Matas. Read more

Matas to speak at OBA’s upcoming privacy summit

Toronto civil litigator Anna Matas will take part in the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) upcoming Privacy Law Summit 2018. Read more

Ontario should follow Saskatchewan's lead on revenge porn law

Ontario should follow Saskatchewan’s lead by introducing revenge porn legislation that makes it easier for victims to sue people who share their intimate images without consent, Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Anna Matas tells Read more

New app helps sexual assault survivors find each other

A new app designed to help victims of sexual assault find each other could harm their legal interests, Toronto civil litigator Anna Matas tells Metro News . Read more

Case highlights why judges’ training is needed: Matas

Quebec's justice minister will file a complaint against a judge who said a 17-year-old victim of sexual assault had a pretty face and was maybe a “bit flattered'' at the interest shown in her. Read more

Claims for affected family members important in sex assault cases

In many cases, the impact of sexual abuse and assault is not only felt by the survivor but also by those close to him or her, making it vital for personal injury lawyers to ensure that valid derivative claims of family members are not missed at the outset of a case, Toronto civil litigator Anna Matas writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more