Madeleine Carter

Maddy’s practice involves representing plaintiffs in class actions involving institutional abuse, environmental issues, pharmaceutical and product liability, Crown liability, privacy breaches, and a variety of other systemic issues.

Maddy has a law degree from the Schulich School of Law (2010) and a Master of Law from Cambridge University (2014). She is a recipient of the Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship and was recognized by Cambridge University for her academic achievements in her graduate work.

Maddy is a past board member of Devour! The Food Film Fest and Alice House, an organization providing second-stage housing and counselling for women leaving domestic violence.

Maddy is listed in 2024 Best Lawyers for class action and personal injury litigation, is named a Litigator to Watch in class actions in the 2022 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, and was a 2021 Lexpert® Rising Star, celebrating Canada’s leading lawyers under 40.

Most recently Maddy has acted as counsel to:

  • members of the Canadian Armed Forces and employees of the Department of Defence in a class action against the government of Canada relating to sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, resulting in a settlement that applies a restorative approach, delivers policy changes and provides compensation up to $900 million;
  • individuals with Wright Profemur hip implants that prematurely fractured and required surgery in a class action against the manufacturer, resulting in a settlement up to $8.25 million;
  • individuals who consumed the diabetes medication Avandia and suffered adverse cardiovascular events in a class action against the manufacturer, resulting in a settlement up to $6.75 million;
  • former students of the Halifax and Amherst Schools for the deaf and hard of hearing who allege historic and systemic physical, mental and sexual abuse in a certified class action against the Province of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority;
  • residents of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland & Labrador who incurred property damage and loss of property values arising from flooding of the Churchill River in 2017 in a certified class action against the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nalcor Energy;
  • individuals whose personal health information was breached in two separate class actions against the Nova Scotia Capital District Health Authority and Southwest District Health Authority, resulting in settlements of $400,000 and $1 million, respectively;
  • patients of the colposcopy clinic at the Miramichi Regional Hospital who were exposed to a risk of infection at the clinic in a class action that resulted in a settlement of $1.275 million;
  • patients of the Miramichi Regional Hospital in a class action arising from widespread pathology errors, resulting in a settlement of $2.5 million.

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 2011
  • Nova Scotia, 2015

Professional Memberships

  • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association
  • Canadian Bar Association


Master of Law, Cambridge University, 2014

  • Dr. Amanda Perreau-Saussine de Ezcurra Law Prize for the study of the history and philosophy of international law, 2014
  • Trinity Hall Ian Malcolm Lewis Prize for Law, 2014
  • Trinity Hall Bateman Scholarship, 2014
  • Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship providing full university and college fees (Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and Canadian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies), 2013-2014

Bachelor of Law, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, 2010

  • Dean’s List, 2008-2010
  • Alistair Fraser Scholarship for first-class average in law, 2008-2010
  • Schulich Scholarship for academic merit and community involvement, 2010
  • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt Prize for highest mark in Securities Regulation, 2010
  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP Prize for highest combined mark in corporate law courses, 2010
  • Canadian Bar Association NS Branch Scholarship for high scholastic average and achieving the objects of the Canadian Bar Association, 2010
  • Stuart Clarke Lane Memorial Prize for highest mark in administrative law, 2010
  • Edna Chambers Class of ’77 Prize for highest mark in judicial remedies, 2010
  • Angus L. MacDonald Prize for highest mark in tort law, 2008
  • Law Foundation of Nova Scotia Entrance Scholarship, 2007

Bachelor of Science, Dalhousie University, 2006