Julian Falconer received his law degree from the University of Alberta and also holds degrees from McGill University, the University of Toronto and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Guelph-Humber.
A major component of his work has involved advocacy in human rights and public interest litigation. Most recently, Falconers LLP has expanded its operations to Thunder Bay where the firm represents Nishnawbe Aski Nation (First Nations government for Northern Ontario), the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, Anishinabek Police Service, and numerous First Nation remote communities including Sandy Lake First Nation, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug and Lac Suel First Nation. Falconers LLP also represents Kettle and Stony Point First Nation in Southern Ontario. The firm is Counsel for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in respect of ongoing document collection litigation. Julian has acted as counsel for numerous community service organizations including Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. Julian's more prominent individual clients have included Maher Arar, who made Canadian legal history in receiving the largest human rights settlement allotted to an individual plaintiff; the family of Ashley Smith, the 19 year who died in custody at Grand Valley Federal Penitentiary; and Adam Nobody and the “Free Press Four” in relation to their unlawful beatings and arrests during the G20 summit in Toronto. Julian currently acts as Independent Counsel to the Chair of the AG’s Iacobucci Report Implementation Committee and the Falconers team is also providing the legal support to NAN in its ground breaking volunteer jury initiative in northern remote communities (“Operation Invite”), an initiative aimed at redressing the exclusion of Aboriginal communities from jury rolls in Ontario. Falconers LLP also represents the Drennans and other families in their constitutional test case challenging the unbridled proliferation of wind turbines across the province.
Julian is a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and in that capacity serves as Co-Chair of the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee and Vice-Chair of the Task Force addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees. In addition to extensive writings on issues of race and civil liberties, he has also co-authored a book on Coroners Inquests in Ontario.
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Julian Roy is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1995, and practiced criminal law exclusively before joining Falconers LLP in 1999. Since joining the firm, Julian has maintained a diverse litigation practice in the areas of civil, constitutional and criminal law. He has appeared at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada, and has represented families and public interest interveners at numerous Coroners Inquests. Julian acted as co-counsel to Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto before the Ipperwash Inquiry, and was part of the legal team on Maher Arar’s lawsuit against the Canadian Government.
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Asha James is a graduate of the University of Windsor Law School where she earned an American (JD) and Canadian (LLB) law degrees. She completed her articles with Falconers LLP and was called to the bar of Ontario in June of 2009. During her articles Asha assisted senior litigators in a number of complex cases and appeared before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board on behalf of a client. Since being called to the bar of Ontario in June of 2009, Asha has acted on a number of police misconduct hearings and has appeared before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and the Superior Court of Justice.
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Meaghan Daniel is a graduate of Robson Hall law school at the University of Manitoba. Prior to joining Falconers LLP, she clerked at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto, and practiced at Klippensteins, Barristers and Solicitors. Since being called to the bar of Ontario in 2009, Meaghan has acted on a variety of matters, including the Inquest into the Death of Ashley Smith. She has also travelled to a number First Nations in connection to justice issues faced by those communities. Currently, Meaghan is completing a Master of Laws degree from the University of Victoria, focusing her research on Indigenous legal traditions in Northern Ontario.
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Marc Gibson is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he also earned a Master’s degree in criminology. He articled at a national, full-service law firm and completed a secondment with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association before joining Falconers LLP in 2013. As a law student, Marc spent two summers at a firm in Kenora, Ontario, where he worked closely with senior counsel on complex Aboriginal matters. He now practices civil and criminal litigation with a special interest in constitutional issues. Marc believes in justice, dragons, and the Montreal Canadiens.
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Akosua Matthews is a Rhodes Scholar and graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. She was called to the bar in 2014 and joined Falconers LLP the same year. Akosua holds a B.A (Hons) from the University of Manitoba, where she was the Gold Medallist in Philosophy, and an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford. While at law school, Akosua served on the Executive of the student legal clinic, Downtown Legal Services, and represented low-income clients in the Criminal Law Division. She mooted in the Canadian Labour Arbitration Competition and co-coached U of T’s team in the following year. Akosua completed her articles with the Ministry of the Attorney General at Crown Law Office Civil. Akosua is a prairie kid, hailing from Winnipeg, where she served over five years as an Army Reservist with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Regiment. She is a descendant and member of the Manitoba Métis. Akosua currently sits on Cycle Toronto’s Board Advocacy Committee.
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In addition to our experienced group of lawyers, Falconers LLP is comprised of law clerks, assistants and general support staff all of whom work closely with our lawyers. Both our support staff and our legal professionals work together in a collaborative environment that fosters passion for our client’s causes and pride in achieving their objectives. Effective client service, team orientation and value-added performance are as much a part of the culture of our support staff as they are for the lawyers in our office.
In the news
July 23, 2013
A coroner's jury has found the use of a Taser was a contributing factor in the accidental death of a 27-year-old Ontario man at the hands of police.
The downward spiral of despair to her untimely death began accelerating from the moment a troubled 15-year-old Ashley Smith, clutching a plush pink pig, entered a prison system poorly equipped to deal with the mentally ill.
June 21, 2013
A top aboriginal leader will co-chair a panel that will oversee implementation of recommendations aimed at tackling the crisis facing First Nations in Ontario's justice and jury system, the province announced Friday.