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Mr. Frank Addario

Wrong Frank Addario?

Board Member

Phone: (416) ***-****  HQ Phone
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
506 - 360 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X1

Company Description: For more than 30 years, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has been a leader in protecting our fundamental freedoms. The fight against abuse of...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • law degree
    Osgoode Hall Law School
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Board « Canadian Civil Liberties Association, 19 July 2014 [cached]
Frank Addario, criminal lawyer
Addario Law Group | Who We Are | Frank Addario, 16 July 2014 [cached]
Frank Addario
Frank Addario
Ask Frank what it takes to be a good criminal lawyer and he'll say: start with a healthy dose of skepticism and a willingness to challenge authority. Combine that with a genuine passion for helping people solve problems they can't fix on their own and you have a good criminal lawyer. You also have a pretty good description of Frank himself.
It's these qualities that drive his interest in criminal law and that have placed him at the top of his profession. Named one of the 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada in 2010 and past President of the Criminal Lawyers' Association (CLA), he has frequently appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada. He regularly represents individuals and corporations under investigation or who are the target of enforcement proceedings by police and regulatory agencies. He was nominated by his peers as one of the country's leading Business Crime Defence practitioners in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013.
Large organizations, public companies, and chartered banks retain Frank to conduct internal investigations and to respond to enterprise-threatening events. He regularly advises public bodies, non-profits and oversight agencies, including the Toronto Police Services Board, about regulatory, criminal and constitutional law. Few lawyers in Canada have Frank's experience in managing the overlapping demands of concurrent criminal and regulatory investigations and the media to guide organizations safely through a crisis.
Frank is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the premier organization of trial lawyers in North America. Membership is extended by invitation and only after rigorous peer review. Fewer than 1 percent of the bar in any U.S. state or Canadian province is invited to join the College. He is also a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, an invitation-only society for criminal lawyers with exceptional experience and ability.
In 2011 Frank was given the Lexpert Zenith Award for contributing to Access to Justice for his work in leading the CLA in a boycott of Legal Aid in order to bring attention to the chronic underfunding of the program and force the government to provide better access to justice for its poorest citizens. In 2012 he received the Dianne Martin Medal for Social Justice Through Law. Osgoode Hall Law School awards this medal to a member of the Canadian legal community who has demonstrated a commitment to using the law as a means for achieving social justice.
Frank is frequently asked to explain criminal law issues by the media. He writes and speaks about criminal law and civil liberties to lawyers and to the wider public on a regular basis. His interest in advocating for those whose rights need defending has led him to become a director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
Frank founded the Addario Law Group in 2012.
SGM wins Lexpert Zenith Award - News & Events - Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, 25 Sept 2011 [cached]
SGM's award was made in recognition of its involvement in the movement to revitalize legal aid, spearheaded by Frank Addario. At the gala on September 21st, Lexpert explained:
In Ontario, there had been no meaningful increase to the Legal Aid tariff in 20 years, discouraging lawyers from representing the most disadvantaged citizens. While many complained, Frank Addario, a litigation partner at Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, stepped up to tackle the issue, winning a drawn-out and hotly contested battle with Legal Aid Ontario - and, therefore, the Ministry of the Attorney General. He did so by convincing criminal lawyers across the province to boycott the Legal Aid Plan. He dealt with the media, showing properly funded criminal lawyers are indispensable to the credibility of the justice system and insurance against wrongful convictions. He was the face of the boycott, its creator and driving force and, without his efforts, there would still be a quickly deteriorating status quo. A pre-eminent member of the defence bar, Addario has a long-standing policy of accepting any Aboriginal accused who comes through the door, whether a Legal Aid client or without funding at all.
Frank R. Addario, Sack ..., 7 Nov 2009 [cached]
Frank R. Addario, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP President, The Criminal Lawyers Association
The Toronto Humane Society [cached]
"The THS has earned the court's approval to resume full operations of its shelter," said Frank Addario, Criminal Lawyer, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP.
Frank Addario will be available for comment at noon at the THS.
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