Mistreatment that Davin experienced from police led him to law school. In 2008 he began his legal practice suing police in civil courts and focusing on criminal cases alleging police wrongdoing.
Law suits against police are specialized and significantly different than other personal injury cases. Davin developed significant expertise in the area while pursuing over 100 law suits and complaints against 15 police forces in Ontario as well as other public authorities including the Chief Coroner’s Office and Maplehurst Correction Complex.
Davin continues to be an activist and participate in social justice groups. Role model social justice lawyers include Joe Slovo and Nelson Mandela.
Chris was called to the Ontario bar in 2016. He has a background in Indigenous rights and environmental law and he is passionate about social justice issues. He has assisted Indigenous clients in Ontario and British Columbia on matters including opposition to the Northern Gateway and Transmountain pipeline projects, negotiations with BC over hydro-fracking in First Nation territory, and litigation with Ontario over clear-cutting in First Nation territory. Chris joined Davin’s practice in 2018 and continues to develop his expertise in police accountability law.
Outside of legal practice, Chris is involved with associations in the legal profession and keeps a keen eye on Canadian politics.
I was called to the bar in 2016. I articled at the Crown Law Office – Civil, Ministry of the Attorney General, and then joined as Crown Counsel from 2016-2018. I gained valuable civil litigation experience in the areas of public law, Crown liability, police liability, and proceedings before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. I now bring these skills to Charney to support his work in holding police and the Crown accountable.
STEPHANIE BISHOP HALL
Stephanie was called to the Ontario Bar in 2018. Stephanie is passionate about intersectional feminism and antiracism, which informs her practice in police accountability, sexual assault, and harassment. Prior to joining Charney Law, Stephanie worked at a top-tier litigation boutique and at the Ontario government’s Constitutional Law Branch. She spent her summers working as an intern at the United Nations in New York and at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Stephanie is an active volunteer with the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program and the ProBono Hotline. She is a member of the SHE Matters Committee at the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, and the Demand Inclusion initiative which advocates for greater diversity in the legal profession. She speaks French and Spanish.
Amy brings over 20 years of experience assisting lawyers. She is our office manager and legal assistant. Amy has a passion for social justice and the arts. She has worked with Charney Law since 2016.
Sean Hubert is Charney Law’s process server. He has a passion for human rights and issues surrounding homelessness. As a teenager Sean frequented The Spot – a youth drop in centre operated by the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Collective which included Davin Charney. Sean helped organize various events including protests, tent cities, and cop watch street patrols. Sean is a firm believer in doing the right thing and standing up for our beliefs. Sean’s hope is that we can live in a world without hate and where police are held accountable for their actions.