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 the recipient of the 2021 Women in Law Award for the category of Canadian personal injury lawyer, awarded by Lawyer Monthly Magazine.

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