Gillian is an accomplished litigator whose diverse practice encompasses health law, administrative law, professional regulation and liability, employment disputes, general commercial litigation, and appeals. In particular, Gillian is known for being one of Canada’s foremost practitioners in the areas of sexual assault, harassment and violence.


Gillian appears regularly before all levels of court, including repeat appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada. She has been involved in countless administrative proceedings before a variety of tribunals and served as independent legal counsel. Most notably, Gillian acted as counsel at the Coroner’s Inquests into the deaths of Ashley Smith (2014) and Katelynn Sampson (2016).


Anna is an experienced litigator who has practiced extensively in the areas of personal injury and professional liability since her call to the Bar in 2008. Her practice focuses on the representation of survivors of sexual violence and other misconduct, in both civil and administrative proceedings. Anna defends regulated health care providers against allegations of medical negligence, professional misconduct and other complaints, and provides advice on a wide range of privacy issues, including in the College Discipline context. She also represents individuals before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, and other administrative tribunals. Anna has been recognized by Best Lawyers Canada for her work in health care law.



Maria is an uncompromising advocate for her clients, and a strong believer in using the law to fight for social change. She takes the time to understand their situations and takes a highly individualized approach to each case to obtain the best result possible. At Gillian Hnatiw & Co., Maria practices civil litigation in the areas of health law, administrative law, professional regulation and liability, and employment law.  Maria is passionate about using the law to combat gender-based violence in all its forms, and treats her clients with the sensitivity, compassion and respect that they deserve.


Kelsey is a strong feminist litigator. She is meticulous and thoughtful in her approach to her cases and always keeps her clients’ needs in focus. She understands that litigation can be intimidating and stressful for clients, and helps her clients to navigate complex processes with dignity. 


Kelsey maintains a broad civil litigation practice with two core divisions of practice: cases involving gender-based violence, assault and abuse; and general civil litigation cases that have a gendered aspect to them, including contract disputes, property disputes and employment disputes. Kelsey is passionate about breaking down the systemic and cultural biases in the legal process.



Laura is a tireless advocate for gender equality. She has worked to safeguard and advance human rights in Canada and abroad, on issues of sexual violence, reproductive justice and gender-based discrimination. Her litigation experience includes protecting the rights of women athletes abused by coaches in Canada and challenging restrictive abortion policies in the United States.


Molly provides efficient and cost-effective legal support to our clients at every stage of the litigation process. She does this by independently managing and navigating all law clerking duties in connection with intake and pre-litigation, the preservation and collection of documents, examinations for discovery, mediation and trial. Molly is committed to advancing our clients’ best interests with creativity, efficiency, compassion and hard work.


Prior to joining Gillian Hnatiw & Co. as a dedicated litigation law clerk, Molly worked in the field for over 5 years at boutique litigation firms. Molly’s previous experience includes extensive work in the area of tort litigation specializing in plaintiff civil sexual assault. Molly also has advanced knowledge of a variety of parallel proceedings, such as the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario, criminal investigations and proceedings, as well as various regulatory bodies and related professional disciplinary proceedings.



Kelly is a litigation law clerk who is passionate about her work and eager to get involved in every aspect of the litigation process, from initial client intake through to trial or settlement. Kelly provides assistance with drafting court materials and pleadings, the collection and review of documents, examinations for discovery, costs outlines, bills of costs, mediation and trial. Her hard work, dedication, compassion and empathetic attitude demonstrates her strong commitment to providing our clients with valuable support throughout the entire litigation process.