Park Place

Kirsten J. Madsen

Kirsten J. Madsen has over 20 years experience in litigation and mediation, earning her the respect of clients and peers who consider her one of British Columbia’s premier practitioners of both personal injury and family law. Kirsten’s impressive courtroom work and professional integrity have reinforced those views.

Prior to joining Park Place Law, Kirsten practiced at Paine Edmonds LLP, a leading Vancouver firm with a solid reputation of legal prowess.  She combined her law practice with community involvement and charitable endeavours.  As a partner in that firm representing clients with personal injury claims, Kirsten earned distinction as lead counsel in complex cases and founded the family law practice group.

She has represented clients with quadriplegia, serious orthopaedic injuries, brain injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, fibromyalgia and other soft tissue injuries. She has also represented injured children on behalf of the Public Trustee of British Columbia.

Attesting to her expertise in the domain of personal injury law, she was a contributing author for the BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Practice Manual (1st Edition)an essential reference tool for lawyers as well as for ICBC claims adjusters.  In short, for personal injury law in British Columbia, Kirsten helped write the book.

Kirsten not only understands what is relevant in specific cases of personal injury but also the tactics necessary for optimal settlements or judgments to be achieved on behalf of her clients.

Kirsten has had considerable success as a family law litigator. However, she recognizes that the courtroom is not always the best forum to resolve disputes. As a certified family law mediator, she understands the value of alternative dispute resolution methods, having appeared as counsel at hundreds of mediations and arbitrations.  She has also served as a facilitator for the “Parenting After Separation” course provided by the Ministry of the Attorney General for British Columbia. And, when matters cannot be resolved by mediation or arbitration, she has the skills and experience required to pursue cases through to trial.

Kirsten is also experienced as counsel in legal matters besides those involving ICBC or Family Law. She has successfully represented consumers who suffered due to product or construction defects, and others with problems concerning negligence. She also represented two of the largest grocery store chains in Canada for many years for the stores’ injury claims.

She has experience with cases in which hosts were allegedly liable for injuries arising from social events.  Slip and fall accident victims also benefit from Kirsten’s proven track record.  She has substantial experience at all levels of court in British Columbia and has conducted jury trials.

Kirsten obtained her law degree at UBC in 1990.  When called to the bar in 1991, she was the youngest practicing lawyer in BC.  She has been on the Executive of the Trial Lawyers’ Association of BC, and is past Chair of the Insurance Subsection (BC Branch) of the Canadian Bar Association. Kirsten has lectured at Simon Fraser University, Capilano University, and for the Continuing Education Society of BC.  She has achieved the BV rating (Very High Legal Ability and Ethical Standards) in the Martindale – Hubbell  Peer Review Ratings System.

An involved member of the community, Kirsten was Director for the Developmental Disabilities Association of BC and continues to be an active volunteer with the Fragile X Research Foundation of Canada. Kirsten was also volunteer legal counsel for the M.S. Society of British Columbia for many years.






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