Margaret Waddell

Margaret Waddell
Waddell Phillips Professional Corporation
ADR, Appellate, Class Action, Commercial Litigation

Margaret Waddell, partner with Waddell Phillips Professional Corporation in Toronto, focuses on plaintiff-side class actions, commercial litigation and mediation.

After graduating with her Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University in 1987, Ms. Waddell earned a Master of Laws in civil litigation and dispute resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1989 and the Bar of Alberta in 1991.

Focusing on class actions for more than 25 years, Ms. Waddell’s advocacy background encompasses a range of commercial, securities and shareholder litigation, insurance disputes and professional liability cases. She is regularly sought out to lead on class actions, or to partner with other firms. 

In addition, her practice includes independent mediation services.

An executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s class-action subsection, Ms. Waddell is their delegate on the Law Commission of Ontario's advisory committee on class-action reform.

She is an executive and head of the advocacy committee of the Toronto Lawyers Association and is a former director of The Advocates' Society as chair of the subcommittee on advocacy and practice.

Margaret Waddell In The News
Addressing legal aid cuts, new courthouse top TLA priorities: Waddell

As in 1885, when it was founded, a proposed courthouse is again a priority for the Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA), new  TLA  president Margaret Waddell  says. Read more

Legislative action needed on arbitration clauses: Waddell

Ontario’s legislature must act after the Supreme Court of Canada barred businesses from joining a consumer class action over alleged cellphone overbilling, Toronto class-action lawyer  Margaret Waddell tells . Read more

Mentoring young and prospective class-action litigators

Toronto class-action lawyer  Margaret Waddell will help introduce law students and young lawyers to the complex and evolving area of litigation, which has been her focus for more than 20 years. Read more

Class members cash in on strength of creative counsel

A $100-million class-action settlement shows the value of creative counsel, Toronto class-action lawyer  Margaret Waddell tells . Read more

Canadian companies shouldn't read too much into Bangladesh ruling

Canadian companies with connections to foreign disasters could still find themselves on the hook for damages, even after the Court of Appeal recently dismissed a claim against a major retailer involving a building collapse in Bangladesh, says Toronto class action lawyer  Margaret Waddell . Read more

Representative plaintiffs key players in class-action lawsuits

Representative plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits play a vital role as the name and face of a very public proceeding, says Toronto class action lawyer Margaret Waddell . Read more

Connecting losses to alleged negligence key in class action: Waddell

A judge’s decision to deny certification of a pharmaceutical class-action lawsuit demonstrates how important it is for plaintiffs to connect losses to alleged negligence, says Toronto class-action lawyer  Margaret Waddell . Read more

Decision: better compensation for public health insurers in class actions

A recent Saskatchewan court decision is significantly improving the way public health insurers are compensated in class-action lawsuits, says Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell . Read more

Toronto Lawyers Association welcomes more input with new AG

A meeting with Ontario’s new Attorney General Caroline Mulroney, early in her term has leaders of the Toronto Lawyers Association confident the new government will listen to concerns of the legal profession more than the previous administration did, says TLA vice-president Margaret Waddell . Read more

How the Soulpepper case changed cultural institutions without going to trial

TORONTO — They may not have had their day in court, but the actresses who sued the Soulpepper Theatre Company and one of its co-founders over sexual harassment allegations succeeded in changing the company's culture, legal experts say, showing the power of civil actions as a tool in the #MeToo movement. Read more

Ontario court certifies ballet class-action lawsuit

A judge has given the green light to a lawsuit launched by Toronto class-action lawyer  Margaret Waddell  against a prominent ballet school and former teacher on behalf of former students who allege intimate pictures were taken of them, some of which were sold online.  Read more

Due diligence for discovery a key issue in bank class action: Waddell

The fundamental issue the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) was grappling with in a class-action lawsuit against major banks was the meaning of “exercising due diligence” to discover a potential claim, Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell tells Law Times . Read more

Waddell represents proposed class in lawsuit against insurer

Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell is representing a plaintiff who has launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against an Ontario auto insurer over allegedly using credit scores in adjusting accident benefits claims, reports Canadian Underwriter . Read  Insurance Journal Read more

Decision provides guidance on when an affidavit is needed: Waddell

A court has provided a helpful primer to lawyers to determine when evidence submitted as part of a motion or application must be made an exhibit to an affidavit, says Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell . Read more

Public consultation welcome in LCO class-action review

Twenty-five years after the enactment of the Class Proceedings Act , 1992 (CPA), the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has recognized that a lack of empirical data on class proceedings is a significant problem, "lending to opacity and impressionistic information from which reliable conclusions cannot be drawn," Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

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