Examination for Discovery of a Defendant in a Complex Motor Vehicle Collision Case
Thu, June 20, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Registration limited to OTLA members
This program is eligible for up to 1.25 Substantive Hours.
Join us for a 75 minute webinar with Siona Sullivan, Sullivan Injury Law and Laura Hillyer, Martin & Hillyer Associates
Program will include:
- Common strategies used in discovering an operator/owner.
- What productions to request.
- Precedent questions
- Cases involving a car, tractor trailer, bicycle, and pedestrian
Siona Sullivan, Sullivan Injury Law
Mrs. Siona V. Sullivan has practiced law in Ontario since 1985 primarily in the area of Personal Injury Law as a trial lawyer handling work for both plaintiff and defence. She has handled catastrophic injuries such as brain injuries, paraplegic and quadriplegic injuries, fatalities, loss of limb or function, chronic pain, and represented minors before the Courts.
She has appeared before the Superior Court, the Court of Appeal, Divisional Court, and administrative tribunals such as Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
Siona has worked for major insurers across the province conducting trials in numerous jurisdictions and provided opinions and advice to marketing boards on confidential matters. She has also handled cases in the areas of Administrative Law, Insurance law, General Civil litigation, and Appeals.
Mrs. Sullivan has served on court reform committees, charitable and educational organizations, participated in educational seminars, both as an organizer and as a lecturer, and actively mentors junior lawyers on an ongoing basis.
Since 2014 Siona has proudly served on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association advocating passionately for the injured and vulnerable.
Siona Sullivan grew up in Guelph, Ontario with her sister and two brothers. She graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1980 with an Honours B.A. in Psychology. After graduating with an LLB from the University of Windsor in 1983, she began her Articles of Clerkship with Sullivan, Festeryga, Lawlor and Arrell in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. Siona was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985 and joined the firm Harris Barr (which later became Daniel Wilson) in St. Catharines, Ontario.
In 1986, Siona married Joseph Sullivan, another litigation lawyer working mainly in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1995, Siona left Daniel Wilson to raise her three sons, Brendan, Ryan and Sean. During this time however, Siona was both an Instructor of Civil Litigation and Professional Responsibility (Ethics) for the Bar Admissions Courses at Osgoode Hall (1994 – 2003). Siona also taught nighttime legal courses at Niagara College both at the Welland and St. Catharines Campus. Along with teaching the law, Siona became a Deputy Judge for the Small Claims Court in Hamilton in 1995 and continued in that role for over 20 years. Siona Sullivan returned to the regular practice of law with Graves and Associates (now known as Graves Richard Harris) in 2001 in St. Catharines, Ontario.
In 2008, Siona ventured out founding her own firm, Sullivan Injury Law, in downtown St. Catharines and incorporated the firm in 2009. The firm continues to grow and thrive.
Laura Hillyer, Martin & Hillyer Associates
Laura Hillyer focuses her practice on personal injury law and insurance litigation. She represents clients with denied disability claims, and those who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and slip and falls.
Laura graduated from Queen’s University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. She then obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario in 1999 and was called to the Bar in 2001.
Laura spent her first fifteen years at the Bar, dividing her practice between Personal Injury Litigation and Criminal Defence. She gained valuable trial experience during this time which she now applies in her representation of her personal injury clients.
Laura recognizes that her clients are often confused, frustrated and anxious when facing the prospect of dealing with the legal system. Consequently, she makes it a priority to ensure that her clients understand the legal issues that will decide their cases.
Laura is on the Executive of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association and serves on the Board of the Ontario Safety League. She also sits on the Board of the Hamilton Brain Injury Association [insert hyperlink] and is actively involved with the Helmets on Kids Campaign, which has as its goal to place a helmet on the head of each child who needs one.
Laura is a member of the Halton County Law Association, Hamilton Law Association, Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association and American Association for Justice. She regularly attends continuing education courses several times throughout the year, both in Canada and in the United States, to keep abreast of changes in the civil justice system and to network with other lawyers dedicated to providing the best representation to their clients.
Often, Laura is invited to speak at Continuing Legal Education events. She has delivered papers to the Halton Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Hamilton Criminal Lawyers’ Association, the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association, and the American Association for Justice.
Laura lives in Burlington with her husband and two children. When she is not working she enjoys amateur photography and many outdoor activities.
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Thu, June 20, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
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