WHO WE ARE
GEOFF BUDDEN, QC.
Geoff is a well-known civil litigator with a record of success leading complex cases regarding governments and other large institutions.
In 2013, he was part of the international legal team that was successful in obtaining $16.5 million in cash compensation for those who were molested as children by Christian Brothers of Ireland.
Since 2018 he has represented the Muskrat Falls Concerned Citizens Coalition at the Muskrat Falls Inquiry.
Geoff resides in St. John's with his family and has volunteered with organizations such as the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Association, the St. John's Regional Library Board and the Avalon East School Board. Geoff received his honourary title of Queen's Counsel in January 2022.
Will combines his passion as an advocate for social justice and political issues with his skills in civil litigation.
Will has been working with Geoff since 2010 and they have worked closely together on many cases. His practice has focused on representing car accident victims and the survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
In pursuing your claim for compensation you can depend on Will to guide you through every step of the process and ensure that with dedication and strong advocacy, you will obtain the best compensation possible.
Since 2011, Paul has worked closely with survivors of abuse.
Prior to joining Geoff in 2013, he developed his litigation skills as a staff solicitor with the Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission. He has appeared as lead counsel for trials in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, General and Family Divisions.
In 2013, Paul traveled with the Provincial Circuit Court to the Innu community of Natuashish, Labrador, and he has since developed a keen interest in Northern Affairs.
If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. – Samuel Johnson
Allison is a bilingual lawyer (English/French) who has been working with Geoff since 2015. Her practice focuses on representing survivors of sexual abuse, and also includes general civil matters, administrative law, constitutional matters, real estate, & wills and estates. Allison is also available to provide notary services.
Allison holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa, a Diploma in Applied Ethics from Memorial University, a Juris Doctor from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, and is currently pursuing an LLM (Constitutional Law) at Osgoode Hall, York University.
As an active member of the community, Allison has volunteered her legal skills with the Small Claims Legal Assistance Clinic, and with Kind Minds, a project of the Community Sector Council which pairs coaches with professional expertise with community groups. Allison has also acted as the Legal Representative for the Genetics/Genomics subcommittee of the Health Research Ethics Board, and mentored students at Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law through the Weldon Mentor Program.
Allison sits on the Rabbittown Community Centre Board of Directors, and is also a Director with the Planned Parenthood Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Health Centre Board. She was appointed as an adjudicator for the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission in 2021.
Scott completed his articles at a small, full service law firm in St. John's and was called to the Bar in June, 2020. While articling, his work focused primarily on personal injury victims, those denied insurance benefits, and wrongful dismissal cases.
While in law school, Scott volunteered with the Pro Bono Wills Project as well as the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Society. He has also volunteered with organizations such as Easter Seals.
In working with Budden & Associates, Scott is firmly committed to fighting for those who have been wronged and are seeking just compensation.
Kathleen completed her Bachelors of Law at Dalhousie University and her Master of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. She has held positions with increasing responsibilities with the Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Justice, including Crown Attorney, Senior Crown Attorney, and Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions.
Kathleen has prosecuted many high profile crimes throughout Newfoundland and Labrador including abuse at Mount Cashel, other institutions and foster homes, as well as domestic violence and murder.
Prior to joining Budden & Associates, Kathleen was also Legal Counsel on the Anti Organized Crime Team for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, in Ontario. She appeared as the lead prosecutor for major crimes involving organized crime, money laundering, and terrorism.
Kathleen's practice at Budden & Associates will focus on civil litigation and representing survivors of abuse and violence.
Jennifer is an internationally trained lawyer who was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Laws from the University of Leicester in 2019, and has been with Budden & Associates ever since.
Prior to law school, she received a Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Science from the University of Dundee. Jennifer is a Director of the Atlantic Chapter of Global Lawyers of Canada, an organization that advocates for internationally trained lawyers who wish to practice in Canada.
Jennifer was called to the Bar of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2021, and has a keen interest in personal injury, sexual abuse claims, and medical malpractice.