BA (Hon)(McGill), MES (York), LLB (Osgoode), LLM (Osgoode)
Lene Madsen is the principal mediator at Bluewater Mediation and a family lawyer called to the bar in Ontario. She is an Accredited Member of the Ontario Association of Family Mediators, and a Certified Family Arbitrator. She holds a Masters of Laws in Alternate Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School. She is also a member of the Ontario Child Protection Mediation Roster, and was previously an agent of the office of the Children’s Lawyer, representing children in high conflict separations and child protection cases. Ms. Madsen has practiced in the area of family law for many years and is a member of Collaborative Lawyers of London and Middlesex.
Ms. Madsen is currently Adjunct Factulty at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she teaches a seminar in Advanced Family Law. She also offers professional courses in family mediation and law, for professionals aspiring to enter the field of family mediation.
She opened family mediation and family law practice in London, Ontario, after practicing for a number of years at Epstein Cole, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada’s largest specialist family law firm. Before practicing with that firm, she was a Law Clerk to former Chief Justice McMurtry, at the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Before entering the practice of law, Ms. Madsen worked in the field of international development and human rights, where much of her work involved facilitating cooperative processes between agencies and professionals. She has worked and studied in Africa (Kenya and Tanzania), Asia (India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka), and Europe (Denmark, Bosnia, and Croatia), in addition to her work in Canada.
For five years, between 2005 and 2010, Ms. Madsen co-authored a weekly, national, on-line family law publication entitled “Epstein and Madsen’s This Week in Family Law” published by Westlaw and available to subscribers.
She holds a Masters of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, with a specialization in Alternative Dispute Resolution (2012), an LL.B from Osgoode Hall (2002), a Masters Degree from York University in Toronto (2000), and an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (1992) from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Ms. Madsen is presently Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Ontario Bar Association, and a vice chair of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM).