The firm wishes to congratulate its senior partner, Mark Sandler, who was this year’s recipient of the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal for his outstanding contributions to criminal justice.
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Mark J. Sandler
Profile of Mark J. Sandler, Toronto Criminal Defence Lawyer
Mr. Sandler is widely recognized as one of Canada's leading criminal defence lawyers. He holds an AV Pre-eminent Rating (the highest level of professional excellence) from Martindale-Hubbell; is listed in the Best Lawyers in Canada (2016) for criminal defence work; is recognized as one of the world's leading lawyers for investigations and business crime defence in Who's Who Legal; and is included in ExpertGuides as a peer-selected world's best lawyer in white collar crime. Mr. Sandler is also a recipient of the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal for his outstanding contributions to criminal justice.
Mr. Sandler received his LL.B. from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto in 1978. He was called to the Bar in 1980. He is certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Criminal Law. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He recently completed three terms as a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and served as Chair, Appeals Panel for a number of years, and then as the Vice-Chair of the Appeal Division with the appointment of a full-time Chair of the Tribunal. He also served for a number of years as Chair of the Law Foundation of Ontario. His practice is primarily devoted to appellate and trial criminal and regulatory litigation.
He has served as counsel for six commissions or reviews, including the Goudge Inquiry (Pediatric Forensic Pathology), the Inquiry (Guy Paul Morin), the Robins Review (Sexual Misconduct by Teachers), and the Minister of Justice’s s. 696 review into the Stephen Truscott case (Hon. Fred Kaufman Q.C.). He was counsel to the Honourable W. David Griffiths Q.C. respecting A Report to the Attorney General of Canada: Advice and Recommendations Respecting Certain Certificates of Analyst Issued by Health Canada and senior policy advisor to the Review of the Government Response to Institutional Abuse in Nova Scotia (Hon. Fred Kaufman Q.C., Chair).
He has served as a member of the Criminal Law Specialty Committee, Law Society of Upper Canada, Specialist Certification Programme; was an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1992 to 2005; previously co-chaired the Criminal Lawyers’ Association Annual Convention and Educational Programme for three years; and has written and lectured extensively on criminal law, evidence, procedure and advocacy. He co-authored (with the Honourable Madam Justice F. Weinper) Criminal Procedure: Cases, Notes and Materials, Butterworths 2nd Edition 2004. He has served as a Faculty member of the National Judicial Institute and of the Federation of Law Societies annual Criminal Law Programme.
Mr. Sandler was formerly a part-time member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. He is former National Chair and former Senior Counsel, B’nai Brith League for Human Rights, and as such, has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on issues relating to hate propaganda and hate-motivated crime.