Ted Madison’s practice started with general litigation and evolved primarily into insurance defence and plaintiff’s personal injury work.
After being called to the Bar of Ontario in 1977, Ted joined the two-man firm, Beechie & Kerr in London, Ontario. In 1983, John Kerr was appointed a Judge, and the firm then became known as Beechie, Madison, Sawchuk. Ted remained there until joining Miller Thomson in January 2009.
Ted has also been an agent for the Attorney General of Canada for 26 years, conducting prosecutions under the Narcotic Control Act (now the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act), the Income Tax Act, and the Excise Act. He was involved in the only prosecution in Canada under the Seeds Act.
Ted was an instructor at the Bar Admissions Course from 1989-2005, and is currently on both the Personal Rights and Property Rights panels for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. He is also an Alternate Chair of the Ontario Review Board, of which he has been a member since 2007. In addition, Ted has been appointed a Dispute Resolution Officer for the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Family Court) in London, Ontario.
Ted’s practice includes acting for a variety of clients in a number of specialized areas:
Office of the Children’s Lawyer: Ted has been on the panel for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer for many years. His involvement in trials dealing with children’s rights has brought him vast knowledge in this area.
Civil litigation: Ted has been working for both plaintiffs and insurers since being called to the Bar in 1977, which has given him a broad experience that benefits his diverse clients. He is extremely familiar with the court trial process and the lawyers in this practice area, enabling him to get favourable results for his clients.
Agent for the Attorney General of Canada: Ted has been an agent for the Attorney General of Canada for over 30 years and has conducted hundreds of trials under the Narcotic Control Act, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and the Income Tax Act, as well as the only prosecution in Canada under the Seeds Act. This wealth of trial experience benefits his clients in all matters.
Ted lectures at the Western University Law School and the Middlesex Law Association as well as internal seminars at Miller Thomson.
Professional achievements & leadership
- Rated B.V. Distinguished for 25 years by Martindale & Hubbell. “Very High Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards”
- Strobridge v. Strobridge (1994) 18 O.R. (3d) 753 (C.A.). Counsel for the Official Guardian (now Office of the Children’s Lawyer) cannot, absent the consent of all parties, be both an advocate and witness. Thus, Counsel for the Official Guardian cannot advise the court of the children’s preferences as to custody and access, unless all parties consent, and otherwise must file or call evidence with respect to said issues.
- Milanovic v. Le (2015) 125 ).R. (3d) 758 (S.C.J.). Motion for an Order determining that costs are payable by the defendant to the plaintiff only to the date of service of the defendant’s Rule 49 Offer to Settle that is accepted by the plaintiff well after service of same and prior to trial.
- “Sidewalks, Driveway Aprons & Pedestrians”, MT Insurance Law Blog, December 2016
- “Does the Failure to Equip a Vehicle with Winter Tires Equate to Negligence?”, MT Insurance Law Blog, July 2016
- “Destruction of Evidence,” MT Insurance Law Blog, March 2016
- 2011 Ontario Volunteer Service Award
- Chair, The Salvation Army Correctional and Justice Services Community Council
- Alternate Chair, Ontario Review Board
- Member, University of Western Ontario Law Alumni Committee
- Member, The London Club
- Member, The Oaks Country Club
- Member, Middlesex Law Association
- Member, Advocates Society
- Member, Law Society of Ontario
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Ontario Bar Association
- Member, Board of Directors, London Ski Club
- Member, Building & Planning Committee, Matthews Hall Private School
- Member, Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance, Level II Ski Instructor
- Past Executive & Member, London Jaycees
- Past Member & Vice-President, Board of Directors, Children’s Aid Society of London & Middlesex
- Past Board Member, Matthews Hall Private School
- Past Member, Board of Directors, London Addiction Intervention Society
Bar admissions & education
- Ontario Bar, 1977
- LL.B., Western University, 1975
- B.A., University of Waterloo, 1972
Ted Madison appointed Dispute Resolution Office for Ontario Superior Court of Justice
Ted Madison was appointed a Dispute Resolution Officer for the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Family Court), London, on November 10, 2015 by Thomas Heeney, Regional Senior Justice for the Southwest Region, pursuant to Rule 17(9) of the Family Law...
Theodore Madison receives 2011 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for his involvement with the Salvation Army for Correctional and Justice Services Community Council over the past 10 years.
Ted Madison speaks on personal injury damages
Ted Madison presents to students at the Western University Law School on the topic of “Assessment of Damages in Personal Injury Cases”.
Ted Madison presents on the panel at the Middlesex Law Association’s 7th Annual Personal Injury Conference on the topic of Tort Damages.
Social Host Liability Redux
Pat Forte and Ted Madison speak at an OMIA seminar on the topic “Social Host Liability Redux.”
Ontario Mutual Insurers’ Association: Annual Workshop
Miller Thomson’s Southwestern Ontario Insurance Group presents their Annual Workshop at the Ontario Mutual Insurers’ Association facility. The lawyers presenting are: Pat Forte, Randy Carter, Helen Friedman, Lori Sprott, Kate Waterston, Tim McGurrin, Gord Robson and Ted Madison.
Threshold Motion Dismissed in “Thin Skull” Case
The plaintiff, aged 54, was involved in a motor vehicle accident as a passenger. The vehicle was rear-ended and the collision was of moderate impact. The plaintiff’s back and neck pain evolved into chronic pain. The plaintiff had a pre-accident...
Third-Party Claim: Is It Out Of Time?
Third party proceedings can be an efficient, and cost-effective way of adding parties and any related claims arising from the same set of facts. Rule 29.02 provides the time constraints for when third party claims must be issued: within ten...
Sidewalks, Driveway Aprons & Pedestrians
You have all been faced with the situation as to who is responsible for maintenance of sidewalks adjacent to an insured’s property and the portion of the driveway that is beyond the sidewalk adjacent to the municipality’s roadway. The caselaw ...
Does the Failure to Equip a Vehicle with Winter Tires Equate to Negligence?
Evidence now clearly shows that winter tires are superior to all other types of tires in winter driving conditions. Winter tires maintain elasticity at low temperatures allowing for better vehicle control in both braking and turning ability. Despite compelling scientific...
Destruction of Evidence
The destruction of evidence, either intentional or through negligence, impedes the ability of the trier of fact to find the truth and reach a just determination of the issues. The destruction of evidence during ongoing or contemplated litigation, intentional or...
The Latest on Rule 49 Offers to Settle
Facts: 11 months before trial, a defendant makes an offer to settle. On the eve of trial, the plaintiff accepts the offer. The offer includes as a term, “costs to be agreed upon or assessed.” After acceptance of the offer,...