How this personal injury lawyer dug deep for his client to overcome an obscure bureaucratic glitch

Andrew Rudder dug deep to change the law on catastrophic impairment

By Julius Melnitzer | October 14, 2022

Andrew Rudder’s battle is a story about what fighting for your client really means.

It’s tempting to say that Rudder of Rudder Law Professional Corporation, a personal injury boutique in Burlington, Ontario, is the story’s focal point.

But Rudder would disagree. The focal point, he would insist, is his client, a 17-year-old Indigenous single mother of a severely disabled son. She was catastrophically injured in a car accident on the Six Nations Reserve in Hagersville.

Like many unknown others before her and – but for Rudder – many to follow, she could not access the compensation she deserved because of an obscure bureaucratic glitch that – to date at least – no one can explain.


Julius Melnitzer is a Toronto-based legal affairs writer, ghostwriter, writing coach and media trainer. Readers can reach him at [email protected] or


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