Marie T. Clemens

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Marie brings a diversity of insurance defence experience to Schultz Frost LLP. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2011 and has practiced exclusively in civil litigation with a focus on personal injury, insurance defence and professional liability litigation. She earned her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa French common law program and is fluently bilingual. 


Marie defends insurance claims covering all aspects of general insurance liability, including motor vehicle accidents, product liability, occupier's liability, slip-and-falls, and statutory accident benefits. She has represented clients in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the License Appeal Tribunal, and various other tribunals. With more than seven years of experience, Marie is confident in her ability to problem-solve, to provide a well-reasoned analysis of the legal issues, and to obtain results.


In addition to her practice, Marie is a committed contributor to the insurance industry. She has published with numerous organizations such as the Ontario Bar Association, The Advocates’ Society, the Canadian Defence Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association. She is also a volunteer with several organizations including a member of the WICC Breakfast Committee and a Mentor with The Advocacy Club. Most recently, she was appointed by the Advocates' Society as the Vice-Chair of the Personal Injury & Insurance Practice Group for the 2018-2019 term and will ascend to the Chair role for the 2019-2020 term.


Marie has a growth mindset, she thrives on challenges, and has a passion for learning. She is a certified yoga instructor and speaks within the legal community on the benefits of mindfulness (“The Power of Presence”), sharing tools and strategies for cultivating more balance, joy, and satisfaction in our professional and personal lives.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Lawyer, Schultz Frost LLP, Toronto, Ontario (July 2018 - present)

Lawyer, Moodie Mair Walker LLP, Toronto, Ontario (March 2017 - May 2018)

Lawyer, Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP, Ottawa, Ontario (October 2011 - February 2017)

Articling Student/Lawyer, Low Murchison LLP, Ottawa, Ontario (July 2010 - September 2011)

 

EDUCATION

Year of Call: 2011

Bachelor of Laws LL.B., University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (2010)

Honours Bachelor of Arts B.A., (Major in Law, Minor in Psychology) Carleton University (2002)

 

INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS

Law Society of Upper Canada, Advocates' Society, Canadian Defence Lawyers, The Advocacy Club, Ontario Bar Association and Canadian Bar Association

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

WOMEN IN INSURANCE CANCER CRUSADE

http://wicc.ca/

Since 1997, WICC Ontario’s total contribution to the Canadian Cancer Society has exceeded $5,000,000. At WICC Ontario’s request 100% of these funds have been directed to support funding Canada’s leading cancer research projects.  Today, over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive compared with just 25% in the 1940’s.  However, cancer is still the leading cause of premature death in Canada and this year alone an estimated 27,700 Ontarions will lose their fight with cancer.  This is why support for cancer research remains so vital.

Marie has been a volunteer and member of the WICC Breakfast Committee since 2011.

In 2015 and 2016, she was the Chair of the WICC (Ottawa) Sugar Bush Breakfast Committee. Marie lead ten committee members and organized, marketed, raised funds and hosted the event with over 200 attendees from the insurance industry in attendance.

Since moving to Toronto in 2017, she is a member of the of the WICC Breakfast Committee and volunteers for the WICC Gala.

 

The Advocates' Journal: Reflections of an Advocate - The Path
by Marie T. Clemens 2018-07-03
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<p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">A case of pursuing dreams, conquering goals and cultivating resilience.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">Journal Vol. 37, No. 1; Summer 2018<br style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" /></span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;"> </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal;"> </p>
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association: Learn How to Defend Yourself
by Marie T. Clemens 2017-09-20
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<p>What steps can snow maintenance contractors take to protect themselves before and during litigation?</p> <p>What are the “best practices” in winter maintenance cases?</p> <p>What can you do to defend yourself? How can you increase the number of successful litigation results (i.e. wins)?</p> <p> </p>
American Bar Association: Law Practice Today - The Benefits of Mindfulness in our Profession
by Marie T. Clemens 2017-06-14
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<p>Take a moment to see if you can relate to any of the following statements: Do you find yourself wasting precious time thinking about the past or worrying about the future? Are you often multitasking, but unable to focus? Is stress or anxiety keeping you from performing at your optimal level? Are you constantly on overdrive? Do you feel depleted by the end of the day but unable to sleep?</p> <p> </p>
The Advocates' Journal: Raising the Bar - The Culture Shift within our Justice System
by Marie T. Clemens 2016-12-21
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<p>In a series of decisions released over the past few years at all levels of the courts, it has become increasingly clear that it is no longer business as usual in the civil justice system. In sharp rebukes to the tactical procedures that trial counsel use, courts have consistently emphasized the need to engage in a “culture shift” to ensure ready and affordable access to justice for their clients.</p> <p>Journal Vol. 35, No. 3; Winter 2016</p>
Ontario Bar Association: A Springtime Evening with The Honourable Justice Michael Moldaver of the Supreme Court of Canada
by Marie T. Clemens 2016-06-07
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<p>On June 7, 2016, the Ontario Bar Association (OBA): Young Lawyers Division East (Ottawa) hosted an evening in the heart of the Nation’s Capital at the Rideau Club to hear an inspiring and heartwarming presentation by the Honourable Justice Michael Moldaver of the Supreme Court of Canada.</p>
Canadian Defence Lawyers: Hearsay - Simplifying the Payment of Death Benefits to Minors
by Marie T. Clemens 2015-12-15
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<p>SIMPLIFYING THE PAYMENT OF DEATH BENEFITS TO MINORS</p> <p>The interplay between the Insurance Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. 1.8., the Statutory Accident Benefit Schedule – Accidents after September 1, 2010, O. Reg. 34/10, and the Children’s Law Reform Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.12.</p>
Applying the Minor Injury Guideline in SABS Claims
by Marie T. Clemens 2013-05-21
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<p>This article provides an overview of the MIG, a "minor injury", treatment phases and the related fee schedule.</p>
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