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We are based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. While our criminal defence work tends to be local to the Ottawa area, our workers’ rights and human rights work takes us further. We do union side labour law and union consulting throughout Ontario and are open to cases and projects across the country.
Miriam heads up our criminal defence work. She is a fierce advocate for criminally accused persons, no matter what the charges. She also brings a wealth of experience as a union organizer and advocate. When it comes to bargaining, organizing or campaign work, her instinct is second to none.
Daniel’s driven and compassionate lawyering style lends force of conviction to his labour and employment advocacy. And his technical know-how has enabled us to streamline our business practices and enhance the security of our communications, saving you money and protecting your confidentiality.
How We Work
This is what sets our practice apart
Avant Law is dedicated to your rights. Whether you are facing criminal charges, mistreatment in the workplace, or have been wronged by the state or your employer, we’ve got your back.
We are committed to running a low-overhead and high-efficiency law practice. We believe in using technology and forming partnerships with other groups and professionals, to reduce some of the costs that make hiring a lawyer difficult for many people and small organizations.
We offer exceptionally secure filing and communications systems, to protect your confidentiality. For our highest level of security, download our public PGP keys and send us a 4096-bit RSA encrypted e-mail, or message Daniel on Jabber using OTR (JID: firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also get in touch and ask for our secure phone line.
Justice of the Peace Julie Lauzon sits regularly in the main Ottawa bail court – where the liberty of people who are accused, but presumed innocent until proven guilty, is decided on a daily basis. In a recent National Post opinion piece, Justice Lauzon calls out the bail system, writing that Ottawa’s bail court, and others like it, “have devolved into dysfunctional and punitive bodies, devoid of the rule of law”. These are serious claims, but they could not be more welcome or timely.
Avant Law offers a unique Union Consulting service that approaches legal questions through the lens of years of experience as union advocates and activists. In this post, Miriam describes what brought her to law school and the limited role she sees for lawyers in the labour movement.