Deanna S. Gilbert

Deanna S. Gilbert


Practice highlights


Deanna was raised in the world of personal injury litigation, but chose not to follow in the footsteps of her father, a senior insurance defence lawyer who practiced for 50 years. As someone with a compassionate heart, she wanted to fight for the rights of those who had been seriously injured and their families. Deanna became a trauma lawyer and has dedicated her practice to helping victims of all ages, across all parts of Ontario from Timmins to Windsor, Orangeville to Ottawa. She takes on cases involving car accidents, slip/trip and falls, medical malpractice, and assaults, amongst others.

Deanna’s approach to client management is to keep clients educated and informed about their files, to take the stress out of litigation so clients can focus on their rehabilitation and recovery, and to provide objective, professional legal advice.

Her approach to the litigation is to know the facts, issues, and law better than anyone else on the file, so that she can make persuasive and sound arguments. Deanna has a solid reputation amongst her peers, earning the highest peer rating of AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® for her legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards. She has been Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Ontario. Deanna understands that many people do not want to go to trial, but that sometimes it is necessary to do so to obtain fair compensation. Deanna has extensive and successful mediation, in-court, tribunal, and trial experience. Her advocacy has resulted in a number of precedent-setting and reported judicial and arbitral decisions. Deanna is ranked as “repeatedly recommended” in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and is listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada publication.

As a contributing member to the legal community, Deanna has authored many papers on personal injury litigation, is often invited as a guest speaker at medical-legal conferences, and is regularly contacted by legal news publications for her insight into “hot topics”. Deanna is the Contributing Editor of the Ontario Accident Benefits Case Summaries and a Contributor to the Personal Injury Module both published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. Deanna has also enjoyed volunteering for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Brain Injury Society of Toronto, the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program, and other causes close to her heart.

In her spare time, Deanna enjoys cooking, dancing, and Muay Thai (but do not expect to see her in a UFC octagon anytime soon).

Year of Call



  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Huron University College (2004)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School (2007)


  • Certified Specialist (Civil Litigation)
  • LEXPERT® Ranked Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Ranked Lawyer, AV Preeminent®
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada since 2018
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association


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