Canadian Lawyer InHouse

August/September 2021

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Page 32 of 43 31 Addario Law Group Toronto | Founded in 2012 by Frank Addario, Addario Law Group LLP is a team of six lawyers. The firm acts in a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters, emphasizing complex cases. It conducts internal investigations and gives strategic advice to businesses about complying with criminal and quasi-criminal law. It specializes in resolving crises that threaten to disrupt life, business or reputation without charges or public accusations. Addario routinely does high-profile advocacy. For example, Addario represents Qing "Quentin" Huang, a Burlington, Ont. man charged under the Security of Information Act for allegedly trying to leak secrets to China. In Huang's case, federal Attorney General David Lametti issued a secrecy certificate to overrule the judge's order to disclose documents detailing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service surveillance operation on the Chinese embassy in Ottawa. Lametti's move was the first of its kind in Canadian history. Battista Turcot Israel s.e.n.c. Montréal | Battista Turcot Israel s.e.n.c. is a boutique law firm with a team of eight lawyers. Its bilingual lawyers have decades of experience in criminal, penal and disciplinary matters and practice at the trial and appellate levels (including the Supreme Court of Canada). The firm's practice includes counselling individuals, organizations, businesses and institutions. The firm has experience participating in and being counsel to provincial and federal commissions of inquiry. Beyond the courtroom, the firm's lawyers are involved in legal education and acting on behalf of the wrongly convicted. Top 10 Criminal Boutiques (listed alphabetically) Cooper Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP Toronto | Cooper Sandler Shime & Bergman is a seven-lawyer firm based in downtown Toronto, with extensive experience defending charges of white-collar crime, homicide, drug and sexual assault cases. The firm's founder was the late Austin Cooper, recipient of the G. Arthur Martin Medal, which the Criminal Lawyers' Association awards for significant contributions to criminal justice. Senior partner Mark Sandler — a three-time elected bencher for the Law Society of Ontario and a leading appellate and trial criminal litigator — also won the award. Sandler is currently lead counsel to the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations in Toronto, established in the aftermath of the crimes of serial killer Bruce McArthur. Partner Scott Bergman is external counsel for the independent review of the violent incidents at the 2019 Hamilton Pride Parade. Along with Sandler, Megan Schwartzentruber acted as counsel for the Ontario College of Nurses at the Wettlaufer Inquiry into long-term care homes. Gindin Wolson Simmonds Roitenberg Winnipeg | Editor's note: This firm split into three separate firms as of August 1, 2021, to minimize conflicts of interest often found among clients in larger firms. The three new firms are Gindin, Segal; Wolson, Roitenberg, Robinson, Wolson, Minuk; and Simmonds & Associates. Partners Jeffrey Gindin, Richard Wolson and Saul Simmonds were each mentored by legendary Winnipeg criminal defence lawyer Harry Walsh. Called to the bar in 1937, Walsh practised until his death in 2011 and is known for playing a central role in abolishing the death penalty. "He was one of the top criminal lawyers in Canada," says Gindin.

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