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DAVIN CHARNEY

DAVIN CHARNEY

Mistreatment by police led Davin to law school. He was called to the Ontario bar in 2008 and began his legal practice suing police in civil courts and focusing on criminal cases alleging police wrongdoing. Davin developed significant expertise in the specialized area of police accountability law while pursuing over 100 law suits and complaints against 15 police forces across Ontario.

His experience also includes significant criminal defense and suing other public authorities, such as the Chief Coroner’s Office and Maplehurst Correctional Complex. Outside of legal practice, Davin continues his activism and participates in social justice groups. His role model social justice lawyers include Joe Slovo and Nelson Mandela.

Christopher Rapson

CHRISTOPHER RAPSON

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.

TAMAR FRIEDMAN

TAMAR FRIEDMAN

Tamar Friedman was called to the bar in 2016 where she practiced for two years as a civil litigator on behalf of the Province of Ontario where she gained valuable insight into police and Crown liability. Since 2018, she has been using these skills to advocate for those who have been mistreated by police or have had their Charter rights abused.

STEPHANIE BISHOP HALL

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 Waldman

AMY WALDMAN

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.