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Madison* cuts through the noise to focus on real solutions to complex disputes. Her academic background in theology, linguistics and languages provides a broad perspective and narrative focus in her litigation practice, which includes shareholder and commercial disputes, securities and professional liability matters, and insolvency proceedings. With her expertise, she steps§ in from the initial stages of a dispute to trials before judge and jury and all the way up to appeals at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is always up to the challenge. Madison’s clients rely on her intellectual strength, strategic ability, and practical skills to deal with difficult and novel issues in technology, securities, contractual interpretation, civil fraud, cross-border enforcement, and professional discipline. .



Madison Robins (she/her)

is a partner at Lenczner Slaght.

"Madison Robins is conscientious and a strong advocate." — Chambers Canada

Madison has a broad commercial and civil litigation practice, with particular focus on shareholder disputes and oppression claims, contract issues, securities matters, insolvency, and professional liability. Madison’s clients include public and private corporations, executives, founders, and professionals.

Madison regularly appears before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as administrative and arbitral tribunals. Madison has particular expertise in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, having successfully completed the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society’s Gold Standard Course.

Madison received her JD from Osgoode Hall where she graduated with course prizes in contracts, administrative law, and private international law.

Prior to attending law school, Madison studied ancient religions at McGill University and the University of Toronto.

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  • Canadian Bar Association

  • Ontario Bar Association - Member-at-Large of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Executive

  • The Advocates' Society

  • Young Commercial Arbitration Practitioners

  • No Jordan Rules for Administrative Tribunals

    The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision today in Law Society of Saskatchewan v Abrametz is a significant one for all lawyers practicing before administrative tribunals. In brief, the decision confirms that the three-part Blencoe test for delay and abuse of process in administrative proceedings continues in force. To establish that a delay rises to the level of abuse of process, a party must establish...

    Madison Robins & Caroline H. Humphrey | July 8, 2022

  • The SCC Leave Project: Predictions for June 10, 2021

    Here’s a look at the leave application decisions that the Supreme Court of Canada will be releasing on June 10, 2021.

    Madison Robins | June 8, 2021

  • Issue-Driven Legal Writing: Not Just for Judges

    Electronic filing, remote discoveries and examinations, and video-conference hearings are some of the ways litigation has adapted to the current COVID-19 emergency. No doubt, some of these new developments will remain once the crisis is over. What is sure to persist, however, is the renewed focus on an old technology: the written word. How can judges and advocates adapt to a system where oral advocacy may no longer be the default mode?

    Madison Robins | May 29, 2020

  • Remote Hearings – Some Practical Considerations

    In recent weeks, the Ontario Superior Court has begun scheduling certain civil hearings to proceed remotely. The Notice to the Profession released on April 2, 2020 and Regional Practice Directions specifically identify pre-trial conferences as being capable of being heard remotely, particularly when settlement is a real possibility. Divisional Court hearings, case conferences and even some contested motions for class actions and matters on the Commercial List and Estates List may also be held.

    Madison Robins | April 20, 2020

  • Shell Game Liability: Recovering Damages in Complex Fraud Cases

    How can an innocent victim recover their losses when a fraudster uses multiple corporations as part of a complex “shell game” to hide and co-mingle misappropriated funds? In DBDC Spadina v Walton, the Ontario Court of Appeal considered a complex multi-real estate transaction investment fraud, perpetrated over an extended period of time with the involvement of numerous corporate actors – all under the control of the fraudster.

    Madison Robins | February 27, 2018

  • Copy and Paste: Avoiding Duplicative Procedures in National Class Actions

    The proliferation of parallel class proceedings in multiple Canadian provinces often defeats the very purpose of class proceedings: the avoidance of a multiplicity of actions. In order to streamline procedures, ensure consistent results, and encourage judicial economy, judges in several provinces have started demanding greater co-ordination among both class counsel and the courts. In McKay v Air Canada, Chief Justice Hinkson took this trend even farther in approving a settlement distribution plan by simply reproducing the reasons of the Ontario Court in Airia Brands v Air Canada.

    Lawrence E. Thacker & Madison Robins | September 28, 2016

  • Five Tips for Jury Trials

    There’s nothing like a jury trial. The Honourable Justice Brian Dickson famously commented that juries were “endowed with an abundance of common sense”. The virtues of civil jury trials to our justice system may be too numerable to list here. But as a point of advocacy, the exercise of telling your client’s story to a jury of their peers – instead of to a judge sitting up on the dais – requires different skills, different sensibilities, and different presentation styles.

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