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
It's these qualities that drive his
interest in criminal law and that have placed him at the top of his
Named one of the 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada in 2010 and past President of the Criminal Lawyers' Association
has frequently appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada.
regularly represents individuals and corporations under investigation or who are the target of enforcement proceedings by police and regulatory agencies.
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.
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.
is frequently asked to explain criminal law issues by the media.
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.