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Simona Jellinek

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Simona Jellinek leads the Sexual Abuse and Assault team as counsel. Simona has more than 25 years of representing survivors of childhood abuse as well as adult assaults. She has litigated against religions institutions, Childrens’ Aid Societies, all levels of government, Big Brothers, Scouts, school boards, and many other institutions where people are placed in harms way. Simona’s has litigated hundreds of cases and has helped her clients achieve some of the highest settlements for sexual abuse cases in the Canada.

Simona is one of Canada’s most experienced and successful lawyers in the complex and unique area of sexual abuse and assault litigation. Her experience in the area allows her to provide effective legal advice with knowledge and compassion. She has dedicated her life to helping survivors of sexual trauma in their journey towards healing.

Simona has also been instrumental in changing important pieces of legislation including the removal of the limitation period in sexual abuse and assault cases. As well, she also assisted the government in amending legislation to allow survivors who are on ODSP to remain on ODSP even after receiving compensation from a judgment or settlement.

Simona’s expertise in the area has been recognized by her peers and she is listed in Best Lawyers and Lexpert. She has been honoured to receive the Distinguished Service award by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Zenith Lexpert award. Simona is sought after by media outlets to provide insight and commentary on sexual abuse and assaults in Canada and abroad. As well, she has lectured at universities and presented papers on sexual violence litigation at Canadian and international conferences.

Simona was on the Executive Committee of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Directors for almost a decade. She also served on the Toronto Police Sexual Assault committee for many years. She co-drafted the Sexual Abuse Guidelines applicable to all Ontario lawyers by the Law Society of Ontario.

Areas of Practice

  • Sexual abuse and assault

Education, Honours and Awards of Distinction

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto, 1991
  • Bachelor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1994
  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1996
  • Certificate in Mediation, Harvard University, 2018
  • Distinguished Service Award, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Lexpert Zenith Award, Mid Career Excellence, 2018
  • Best Lawyers recognized since 2019
  • Lexpert ranked since 2016

Professional Associations, Memberships & Volunteering

  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Board of Directors, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (2004-2007, 2009-2016, 2019)