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If you would like to book Mr. Andrew Leroy Rudder to speak on the topic of catastrophic impairment law in Canada, then send us an email at info@RudderLawGroup.ca or phone us at 289-430-0728, and provide us with details of the event (i.e. the name of the event, the time, the day, the length of time, the makeup and size of the audience, and whether it’s live or a webinar).

Mr. Rudder is a personal injury lawyer specializing in catastrophic impairment law. He is also a published author of the book entitled, “Catastrophic Impairment Law in Canada,” which LexisNexis Inc. describes as the “authoritative guide on catastrophic impairment law in Canada” that “takes a deep dive on the subject, comparing the different provincial regimes across the country, exposing inconsistencies and proposing solutions to redress inequities”. Mr. Rudder loves to draw from his extensive experience representing clients who have suffered a catastrophic injury and are faced with exorbitant costs of recovery, and volunteer his time at speaking engagements to share his knowledge and experience with others. He speaks regularly in front of lawyers, superior court judges, physicians, healthcare professionals, insurance medical examination (IME) company directors, professionals from the automobile insurance industry, and anyone with an intellectual curiosity for this niche area of law.

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Most Recent Speaking Engagements

The Law Society of Ontario’s Upcoming  (CPD) Program

“17th Solo and Small Firm Conference: Secrets for Success”

Mr. Andrew Leroy Rudder is super-excited about speaking at the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) upcoming Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program, “17th Solo and Small Firm Conference: Secrets for Success” on June 8, 2023 (9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.), at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre!

A special thanks for the invitation by the distinguished co-chairs: The Honourable Justice Kathleen Erin Cullin (Ontario Superior Court of Justice); Barbara Hicks (Hicks & Hicks Professional Corporation); and Jennifer Reynolds (Fresh Legal).

Mr. Rudder will be speaking (Rudder Law Professional Corporation) alongside Romesh Hettiarachchi of Signal Lawyers on the topic a marketing your law firm in a digital world and leveraging technology to give you a competitive edge. Their 50-minute presentation is called “The Modern Lawyer’s Marketing Blueprint”, and it’ll be a workshop style presentation.

Mr. Rudder is looking forward to also learning from the other exceptional speakers, who’ll be presenting on a wide range of intriguing topics throughout the day.

LSO accredited: The CPD program offers 4h 30 m for Professionalism, and 1h 30 m for EDI Professionalism.

Register here: https://store.lso.ca/17th-solo-and-small-firm-conference

Special thanks to the incredible organizers of this full-day event: Shari Slonim (Counsel, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) | LSO; Christina Thal (Program Coordinator, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) | LSO; and Andrea Bosnjak (Program Coordinator, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) | LSO. We appreciate all of the hard work from you ladies and your outstanding team!

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Canadian Legal Innovation Forum (CANLIF)

CANLIF Infocus – Personal Injury Law Firms

Mr. Andrew Leroy Rudder is super-excited about participating in a panel discussion at the Canadian Legal Innovation Forum (CANLIF), in its 2-hour virtual event tomorrow (Wednesday, March 8) from 12 to 2 p.m. EST, which will focus on innovation for personal injury law firms!

In association with: BridgePoint Financial, Tracument Solutions Inc.

It’s free to register and it’s CPD accredited!

Here is the registration link: https://www.canlif.net/webinars

Special thanks to the brilliant Andrew Bowyer, who is the founder and CEO of ADB Insights and CANLIF, which convenes forums, workshops and virtual programs focused on innovation in the professional services sector.

We have two insightful sessions for you.

Session One: What are the key drivers and trends shaping the landscape for personal injury lawyers across Canada?

Evolving trends + and regulations impacting personal injury lawyers in major jurisdictions: Ontario, Alberta and B.C.

Types of cases/matters that personal injury lawyers are turning their attention to and why? How are societal trends defining these approaches?

Setting a strategic course for your firm: how are you developing, defining and implementing your firm’s strategic vision


Lindsay Charles, Partner, McLeish Orlando

Morgyn Chandler, Managing Partner, Hammerco Lawyers LLP

Matthew Sutton, Partner, Thomson Rogers

Yoni SilbermanPartner Bogoroch & Associates

Moderator: Andrew Bowyer, Founder, The Canadian Legal Innovation Forum


Session Two: How are personal injury law firms evolving their business strategies in a competitive marketplace

How is the alignment of people, process and technology helping personal injury law firms get an edge?

Managing disbursements and leverage: how are personal injury firms innovating when it comes to better managing disbursements? How is this helping these firms offer better services to their clients and optimize their firms’ profitability and growth potential?

Marketing and improving the client experience: what marketing strategies are personal injury law firms implementing successfully and why? And how are they improving the end-user experience for retained clients


Amanda Bafaro, Chief Risk Officer, Bridgepoint

Andrew Leroy Rudder, Owner & Civil Litigation Lawyer, RudderLawGroup

Daniel Michaelson, Partner, Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers

Stuart Grodinsky, Business Operations Consultant, The Process Fixer

Moderator: Andrew Bowyer, Founder, The Canadian Legal Innovation Forum

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Clio’s 2023 Sales Kickoff

Clio Customer Panel Discussion

Mr. Andrew Leroy Rudder joined a panel session at Clio – Cloud-Based Legal Technology‘s 2023 two-day Sales Kickoff at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, where they brought over 200 people from their global sales team together to get inspired and aligned for the upcoming year!!!

He was honoured to join the Clio Customer Panel alongside Ben Brideaux, Dave McCann, Mary Chartier and Erin O’Rourke!!

Special thanks to Jenny Dingus, Taylor Lecky and Stacey Tennen for all of their hardwork!

Black and Indigenous Advocacy and Reconciliation

Mr. Andrew Leroy Rudder was honoured to speak on the topic of Black and Indigenous Advocacy and Reconciliation to public servants from the Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Indigenous Services Canada, and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, as part of Black History Month, on February 28th. The theme this year for BHM was “Ours to Tell”, which highlighted the importance of storytelling and how actively listening will allow us to continue to create more diverse and inclusive opportunities for all.

In the spirit of CIRNAC’s theme this year for BHM “Ours to Tell”, Mr. Rudder shared his personal story of advocating on behalf of one of his First Nations clients. He then discussed two systemic barriers he faced, and how they operated on three levels: (1) the impact on the lawyer; (2) the impact on my First Nations client; and (3) the impact on the institution that he was advocating against.

He was able to share his story and reflections on the theme of intersection, allyship and advocacy as a young black lawyer working with Indigenous communities.

It was such an honour for him to present to, and answer questions from, people in attendance from the federal government who work to make a real difference in the lives of marginalized and underserved people.

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Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Roundtable, Anti-Racism: The Verb

Mr. Andrew Leroy Rudder participated as a guest speaker this Friday, February 24th @ 12:30 p.m., with the brilliant moderator Pinta Maguire of Tyr LLP, in a 60-minute insightful and interactive discussion on Anti-Black Racism, by the Diversity and Inclusion Caucus of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.

OTLA Roundtable, Anti-Racism: The Verb


The program included:

  • Defining Anti-Black Racism;
  • Discussing strategies and tools to eradicate Anti-Black Racism;
  • Conversations on Allyship; and
  • And much more…

Special thanks to the outstanding members of the Diversity and Inclusion Caucus: Tania Harris, Joanna Eubanks, Najma Rashid and Stacy Bailey, as well as the hard-working and devoted members of OTLA, Dianne Halcovitch and Samantha Green.

#diversityandinclusion #antiracism #equityandinclusion #inclusionanddiversity #allyship #blackhistorymonth #equitydiversityinclusion

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Legal Night Toronto: Networking

Mr. Rudder was invited by Jeff Porter, the general manager (mid-market & channel) at Clio – Cloud-Based Legal Technology, to attend the Legal Night Toronto: Networking event at their downtown Toronto office, and speak on a panel with the wise Stuart Rudner of Rudner Law, discussing how to create better client-centred experiences.

Mr. Rudder was honoured to be able to share his expertise and experience with the diverse group of talented people from Clio – Cloud-Based Legal Technology’s fabulous marketing team, as well as modern lawyers that embrace new legal-technology to gain a competitive edge in the market, and brilliant, ambitious young creators of innovative tech-legal companies! Mr. Rudder was inspired by their infectious, positive energy, as well as their insatiable appetite for knowledge and learning, and their optimism for the future growth of legal-technology.

It was a great worthwhile cause too, as 100% of the registration fee was donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank!

Thank you Clio – Cloud-Based Legal Technology for hosting such an incredible networking event!

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Reisman Panel: Best New Law Firm and Excellence in Client Service: Client-Centred Experiences

After winning the Reisman Award for Best New Law Firm, Andrew Leroy Rudder spoke in a panel discussion alongside Geeta Daswani, the Reisman Award winner for Excellence in Client Service, and hosted by Liz Hudson, the senior customer marketing manager at Clio — Cloud-Based Legal Technology. The Clio Cloud Conference, which took place in Nashville, Tennessee at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, had over 3,000 attendees from at least 22 different countries. Mr. Rudder and Ms. Daswani spoke about how their respective law firms impacted the lives of their clients and their communities.
Mr. Rudder spoke about how he takes on social justice issues pro bono, such a cause near and dear to his heart, in regards to an issue that negatively impacted his catastrophically impaired indigenous underage client, as well as other children who sustained traumatic brain injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents in rural communities, and in more remote areas of Ontario. Mr. Rudder spoke about how he was reminded that as a lawyer, oral advocacy transcends beyond a legal retainer with a client, and extends out to the larger community and social justice issues. One legal decision impacts one child and one family; however, Mr. Rudder knew that if he could change the law, then he could impact thousands of children and their families. So, after obtaining the support of politicians, such as Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath, and law associations, such as the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, he persuaded the Ontario government to change the law in the province of Ontario, which had discriminatory ramifications based on geography as it related to children who sustained catastrophic traumatic brain injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents.
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Mr. Andrew Leroy Rudder was invited by the Middlesex Law Association in London, Ontario and the Event Chair Tinashe Madzingo from Diamond & Diamond Lawyers to discuss  catastrophic impairment law as it relates to pediatric traumatic brain injuries, alongside the following esteemed panelists: Ms. Evelyn ten Cate, a partner from Fosters Law LLP, and Dr. Kristen Smith from Pursuit Health Management.

In this program entitled “Catastrophic Impairments: Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injuries”, with the aid of an anonymized, real-life fact scenario, they presented an overview of the strategic approaches and problems that arise when dealing with catastrophic brain injuries for children, and the new definition under Section 3.1(1)5.i of the Ontario Regulation 34/10: Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (effective September 1st, 2010) under the Insurance Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. I.8.

Mr. Rudder discussed catastrophic injury and strategy from a personal injury perspective; Ms. Cate, an insurance defense lawyer, discussed catastrophic injury and strategy from a defense perspective; and Dr. Smith discussed the history of the criteria for a pediatric CAT designation, the application of the Kings Outcome Scale for Childhood Head Injury (KOSCHI), and the application process for an OCF-19: Application for Determination of a Catastrophic Impairment.

Special thanks to the executive director of the Middlesex Law Association, Ms. Karen Hulan, as well as the incomparable Tracy Fawdry, for her hard-work organizing and promoting this amazing event!

Mr. Rudder was truly honoured to be a part of this incredible panel of experts in catastrophic impairment law!

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The New Automatic CAT Definition: Discriminatory Ramifications Based on Geography

Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators (CSME)

Mr. Rudder has been a guest speaker at the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators’ (CSME) “Medical Legal Summit”, which includes a series of “REC” style talks (REC = Research, Education, Case Studies) – a twist on “TED” style talks – that follows its Annual General Meeting. Mr. Rudder spoke in front of hundreds of physicians, healthcare professionals, lawyers, IME company directors, and professionals from the automobile insurance industry from across the country of Canada. He specifically talked about the new automatic catastrophic impairment definition as it relates to children who sustained catastrophic traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), the consequential discriminatory ramifications based on geography, and how he fought for his client and other children with TBIs in the province of Ontario, by persuading the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRAO) to amend the problematic provincial law.

For more information on the CSME’s annual “Medical Legal Summit”, please click the following URL link:

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Strategic Modern Approach To Statutory Interpretation of Catastrophic Impairment Criteria

Hamilton Law Association (HLA) and the Ontario Insurance Adjuster Association’s (OIAA)

Mr. Rudder has been a guest speaker at the Hamilton Law Association (HLA) and the Ontario Insurance Adjuster Association’s (OIAA) “The 35th Annual Joint Insurance Webinar 2021”. He spoke in front of hundreds of predominantly lawyers, as well as superior court judges, physicians, healthcare professionals, IME company directors, and professionals from the automobile insurance industry. He specifically spoke on the topics of catastrophic impairment law in Ontario, the new criteria to determine catastrophic impairment designations, the latest reported decisions, and his unreported catastrophic impairment decision that inspired him to not only write his book, but again, persuade FSRAO to amend the aforementioned problematic provincial law, which adversely impacted children who sustained catastrophic TBIs as a result of motor vehicle accidents.

For more information on the HLA and OIAA’s “Annual Joint Insurance Seminar”, please click the following URL link:

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The Modernite Association (Toronto)

Mr. Rudder has been invited as a guest speaker by the Officers and Members of The Modernite Association (Toronto) for their events, such as The Modern High School of Barbados Old Scholars’ Association (Toronto) Inc. Annual Spring Dinner & Dance. The members and patrons expressed their sincere thanks and appreciation to Mr. Rudder for his generous and willing participation, and stated following: “Our members thoroughly enjoyed your erudite, thoughtful and enlightening presentation and are encouraged by your commitment to assist in promoting the tenets of the Association. Once again, thank you for taking the time from your very busy and demanding schedule to be part of our event. We look forward to your continued support”.

If you’d like Mr. Rudder to speak at your upcoming event, then contact us now to book him!

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

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Mr. Rudder will be speaking to the board members and the staff of the Head Injury Rehabilitation Ontario (HIRO), as part of its educational talk series. He will be speaking on the topic of catastrophic impairment law in Ontario, in general, and the specific criteria that must be satisfied in order to obtain the kind of catastrophic impairment designations (i.e. traumatic brain injuries, and mental and behavioural disorders) that many of their patients’ have sustained, in particular. For over 30 years, HIRO has been committed to working closely with acquired brain injury survivors and their respective families, in order to address the many challenges they face with dignity, respect, and expertise, which is why Mr. Rudder, who volunteers his time as director at HIRO, is so pleased to give this presentation to further help them with a deeper understanding of this niche area of the law.

Mr. Rudder will also be giving presentations to similar charitable, government-sponsored organizations like HIRO. He’ll volunteer his time to do this, in order to educate them about the legislative criteria in the Ontario Regulation 34/10: Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule, and the Insurance Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. I.8 that has to be satisfied for their severe brain injury survivors to obtain a catastrophic impairment designation, which will substantially increase their policy limits, and enable them to pay for the beds, as well the treatment, medicine and care services they need to optimize their independent living and reach maximum medical recovery.

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“I had the absolute pleasure of working with Mr. Andrew Leroy Rudder for my company’s Summit. Mr. Rudder is very professional, thoughtful, and an expert in his field, particularly in catastrophic impairment law. Mr. Rudder was always responsive to my communications with him and eager to connect with our audience. It was lovely to meet someone who is so passionate about their work and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him. I would highly recommend Mr. Rudder!”

Jennifer Hickey, Event Coordinator CSME

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