Fiona Brown

Lawyer, Strigberger Brown Armstrong LLP

Fiona is one of five founding partners of Strigberger Brown Armstrong LLP, a firm that prides itself on equality and inclusivity. Women make up 60% of the firm’s lawyers, 72% of its partners, and 100% of its managing partner.

Fiona has practiced law, in the insurance industry, for 22 years. She spent many years at a large Bay Street firm, where she became the first female partner in the insurance group and then went on to become the first female chair of the group.

Fiona remains dedicated to equality and inclusivity both inside and outside of the firm walls. Fiona and her colleagues, at SBA, are certified in diversity training and are passionate about it. All of the lawyers at SBA are members of A Call to Action, an organization that promotes full participation and advancement of women and minority lawyers within law firms.

SBA also works closely with Shelter Movers – a volunteer-based organization that works to help women and children move and transition from a violent and abusive household. When they could be writing legal opinions, Fiona’s team moves furniture and drives trucks.

Fiona has been an active member of the Medico-Legal Society since 2001 and is a past President. She also served on council and was the co-chair of the Programs Committee for a number of years.

Tenacious on the court as well as in court, Fiona is also the firm’s star tennis player. She once played doubles with Daniel Nestor, and went easy on him. She is now a Board member of the North York Winter Tennis Association.

Fiona has been a guest speaker at the Women and the Law conference, the Insurance Institute, the Advocates’ Society Tricks of the Trade conference, the Osgoode Professional Development 7th Annual Update on Personal Injury Law and Practice and for the Ontario Bar Association. She also wrote a chapter in the Oatley-McLeish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation. She has also been recognized as a leader in insurance law by Lexpert and Best Lawyers.

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