Solomon Friedman is a criminal lawyer and the managing partner at Edelson Friedman Black LLP.
He represents clients on criminal, quasi-criminal and regulatory charges. Solomon uses his experience, together with his talent for effective oral and written advocacy, to create persuasive and innovative legal arguments, both at trial and on appeal.
Solomon has acted for clients at all levels of court in Canada, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has represented clients in jurisdictions across the country, including Quebec, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nunavut.
Solomon is also a member of Legal Aid Ontario’s Extremely Serious Criminal Matters (ESM) panel, and can accept Legal Aid certificates for the most serious cases, including murder, dangerous offender applications and terrorism charges. He believes that individuals charged with these offences require robust and vigorous representation, regardless of their ability to pay.
In addition to his legal practice, Solomon writes widely on topics related to criminal law and appears often in the media – print, television and radio – to discuss high-profile cases and new developments in the law. His opinion and feature articles have appeared in newspapers across the country, including the National Post, the Montreal Gazette and the Ottawa Citizen. He was a regular contributor to the Citizen’s bi-weekly column on legal rights and criminal law, entitled “Right to Know.” He is also the co-author of the Annotated Firearms Act and Related Legislation, now in its 4th edition, published by LexisNexis Canada.
Solomon is often called upon to offer his expertise to Parliamentary committees, having testified regarding firearms law and proposed criminal legislation before Standing Committees at both the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada.
Solomon attended the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Common Law, where he graduated, magna cum laude, in 2009. Upon graduation, he was selected to clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada for the Honourable Mr. Justice Morris Fish.
In addition to his work as a trial and appellate lawyer, Solomon is also a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, where he teaches Evidence and Criminal Trial Advocacy.
- Ontario (2010)
- Nunavut (2019)
- LL.B. (Magna Cum Laude), University of Ottawa, 2009
- B.T.L., Beth Israel College, 2006
- Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa
- Criminal Lawyers’ Association
- County of Carleton Law Association