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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

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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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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.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Mr. Rudder was invited by the CPD committee and the Board of Trustees with the Middlesex Law Association —a non-profit organization in Middlesex County — to speak to their legal community in the London, Ontario area, at an upcoming CPD event in the summer or fall of 2022, about catastrophic impairment law, in particular, and accident benefits, in general.

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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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