Margaret L. Waddell brings to her clients over 30 years of experience in successfully prosecuting and resolving class actions and complex civil disputes.
Margaret is recognized as a leading lawyer in the field of class actions, and has acted as class counsel on a number of prominent and precedent-setting cases in this field. She is regularly sought out to lead class actions, or to partner with other firms who need additional bench strength. Lawyers practicing in other disciplines often refer their own clients’ class actions to her to prosecute. Margaret’s skill at focusing on key issues, pushing the actions towards resolution, and her established credibility before the courts are all greatly valued by her clients and referring lawyers.
Margaret focuses her practice on achieving quality results for her clients, creatively, efficiently and, importantly, in a cost-effective manner. She has broad experience in solving all manner of commercial conflicts, including contract disputes, insurance and professional liability claims, shareholder disputes, and other commercial contro-versies. Margaret is also recognized for her particularly strong advocacy before the Court of Appeal.
Margaret is the past president of the Toronto Lawyers Association, past president of the Ontario Bar Association Class Actions Section, past chair of The Advocates’ Society Class Action Practice Group, and was a member of the Canadian Bar Association National Class Actions Task Force on Multijurisdictional Class Actions. She is an adjunct professor at Queen’s University Law School teaching class actions. Margaret is a regular speaker and skills instructor at a wide variety of continuing education programs, speaking on a wide range of substantive, procedural and advocacy topics.
Margaret is called to the bar in both Ontario and Alberta.
Updated July 2022