Daniel Brown – Lead Counsel
Daniel Brown – Lead Counsel
Daniel Brown’s practice is directed to the defence of individual and corporate clients in criminal and regulatory litigation. He has extensive experience successfully conducting criminal and quasi-criminal trials, regulatory and professional discipline hearings, appeals, advisory work, and witness representation.
A graduate of Queen’s University Law School, one of the country’s leading law faculties, Daniel commenced practicing criminal law more than fifteen years ago at Pinkofskys LLP ‐ Canada’s largest criminal defence firm. He opened Daniel Brown Law in 2008.
Daniel is among an elite group of defence lawyers certified as criminal law specialists by the Law Society of Ontario, the governing body of Ontario lawyers. This certification guarantees that the recipient is, “recognized and experienced in his or her field of law and who has met high standards”.
Daniel is a seasoned and highly skilled criminal defence lawyer. With offices located in close proximity to several key courthouses in downtown Toronto and York Region, he routinely represents clients charged with everything from domestic assault and drug possession, to impaired driving, sexual assault and murder.
Daniel has appeared at all levels of court in the Province of Ontario, including Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
In 2020, Daniel was voted the Toronto Star’s Readers’ Choice Diamond Award Winner in the category of Best Lawyer. Daniel Brown Law was also voted the 2020 Diamond Award Winner in the category of Best Legal Services. Daniel has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada for his work in Criminal Defence.
Much of Daniel’s legal practice is focused on representing people who are strangers to the justice system. His individual clients are professionals, first responders, and persons for whom a criminal or regulatory investigation, prosecution or conviction may jeopardize their employment, professional and personal reputations, and ability to travel.
Daniel Brown is a widely recognized authority on defending sexual offence allegations. His best selling legal textbook on Prosecuting and Defending Sexual Offence Cases is sold across Canada and is often consulted by judges, prosecutors and other defence lawyers working on similar cases.
In his capacity as Vice President of the Criminal Lawyers Association, Daniel has been at the forefront of efforts to improve the criminal justice system and to educate the public about its strengths and weaknesses.
He is also a member of the Law Society of Ontario, The Advocates Society, The Toronto Lawyers Association, the Ontario Bar Association and sits as a Case Review Committee member for Innocence Canada.
Daniel is an Adjunct Professor at Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, where he teaches Advanced Criminal Law. He acts as a mentor in Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program and has been a frequent guest lecturer at Queen’s University Law School, University of Toronto Law School and York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.
Daniel has frequently testified as an expert witness on criminal justice policy before the Canadian House of Commons and the Senate. He has also presented at legal conferences hosted by the Crown and defence bar, the Law Society of Ontario, Criminal Lawyers Association, Ontario Bar Association, and The Advocates Society, on topics ranging from developments in criminal law procedure and forensic science to gang culture.
In addition, Daniel is a first stop for journalists seeking facts or insightful commentary about the criminal justice system. He has appeared on CTV Your Morning, CBC Metro Morning, CP24, Global News, CITY TV News and eTalk Daily, as well as the New York Times, USA Today, Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, National Post and Toronto Sun.
As a result of his interactions with the media, Daniel has acquired invaluable knowledge when it comes to shielding a client’s case from publicity or, when media coverage is inevitable, presenting his clients in a fair and positive light.
Daniel has written scholarly articles for legal journals and contributed commentaries for The Toronto Star on a wide range of criminal law topics.
In addition to defending criminal cases, Daniel provides advice and counsel to victims of crime, witnesses and individuals who are under investigation by police.
The majority of Daniel’s clientele is in Greater Toronto, however, he regularly conducts bail hearings, trials and appeals throughout Ontario, including Newmarket, Oshawa, Brampton, Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Barrie, Hamilton, Guelph, Kitchener‐Waterloo, Bradford and Orangeville.