Graham T. Clark obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with High Distinction in 1993 at the University of Toronto (International Relations/Political Theory). He then attended Osgoode Hall Law School. Focused on criminal law from the start, he began his courtroom career as a student caseworker in first year (1994). Helping individuals fight back against the overwhelming resources of the crown and police was a profound and rewarding experience that animates his practice to this day.
Articles of clerkship were served at the Crown Law office – Criminal, which handles Ontario’s serious Criminal Code appeals and prosecutions of police officers. Called to the Bar in 1998, Mr. Clark immediately went into months of pre-trial motions as a junior defence lawyer on the so-called “Maple Leaf Gardens sex case”, and later worked as an associate at Pinkofsky Lockyer before returning to sole practice.
In 1999 Mr. Clark secured the acquittal of a client wrongly accused in a series of bank robberies. The client later sued police civilly. In the result the Supreme Court of Canada recognized in 2007 that police can be sued for negligent investigation.
Some of counsel’s reported cases from over the years are available here. In 2005 Mr. Clark succeeded in having his client, the fourth party in the Nancy Kidd Murder of 1999, tried only for manslaughter. The crime was featured on America’s Most Wanted. Mr. Clark’s client was the only one of the four robbers not convicted of murder and thus not given a life sentence.
In 2009 Mr. Clark was privileged to act as amicus curiae in the so-called Midway murder trial, assisting the principle accused who opted to represent himself. The defence conducted by the non-lawyer accused struck awe in observers including senior counsel. Mr. Clark then went to Durham Region to secure the acquittal of another innocent man, Ray Collingham, on tragically trumped up charges of child sexual abuse.
More recently, Mr. Clark enjoyed the great hospitality of the local bar and bench while appearing on a number of high profile cases in the Superior Court of Justice at North Bay, Ontario. His practice now once again focussed in the GTA, Mr. Clark nonetheless still accepts retainers on cases throughout Ontario, as dictated by his clients’ needs.
Mr. Clark’s practice is based on rigorous preparation through close working relationships with clients, on a foundation of 20 years of criminal law courtroom experience.
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