Maia Bent, Lerners LLP
Personal injury lawyer Maia Bent made headlines across Canada last year when a defamation case brought against her was dismissed. Showing great courage, she warned the legal community that a doctor had been altering other doctors’ decisions in order to deny insurance benefits to injured claimants. In dismissing the doctor’s lawsuit, Justice Sean Dunphy agreed that Bent’s warning was “true and correct” and that she was a whistleblower. Bent was the third woman elected President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. In 2017, she became an Adjunct Professor at the Western Law School and taught a course in Civil Procedure.
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