Michael D. Edelson

Michael D. Edelson

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Michael D. Edelson is the principal partner of Edelson & Friedman LLP. He graduated magna cum laude in 1975 from the University of Ottawa Law School, Common Law Faculty.

Since 1977 his practice has been largely restricted to the defence of criminal and regulatory offences. In 1989, he was certified as a Specialist in Criminal Law by the Law Society of Ontario. He is a member of The Advocate’s Society, The Criminal Lawyer’s Association, The National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers (U.S.). He is also a member of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Honour Society.

Michael has been repeatedly voted by his peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in Canada” criminal defence, and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a Part-Time Professor in Criminal Trial Advocacy at the University of Ottawa Law School, Common Law Faculty. He was on the faculty of the National Program, Federation of Law Societies (Criminal Law).

He has argued several thousand criminal cases; he has conducted trials and appeals at all Court levels and in multiple provinces. He is a frequent speaker/lecturer at continuing legal education programs at the Law Society of Ontario, Osgoode Development Program, judges’ conferences for the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Ontario and to Mexican lawyers in an extensive program developed by his law firm with respect to skills development in the adversarial system, conducted in Mexico.

Michael, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, is often called upon to provide opinions on complex legal issues involving individuals and corporations both before and after criminal charges are sworn.

He is presently writing the Fourth Edition of “Cross-Examination, The Art of the Advocate,” originally authored by Mr. Justice Roger E. Salhany, along with Vincent Clifford.

Michael was named the Best Lawyers’ 2016 Ottawa Criminal Defence “Lawyer of the Year”.


Criminal and Regulatory Litigation
Corporate Liability
Gaming Law


Specialist in Criminal Litigation, Law Society, 1989


Ontario, 1977


University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
LL.B. magna cum laude
Honours: Criminal Law Specialist, LSUC, 1989
Honours: Called to the Ontario Bar, 1975
Carleton University
B.A. – 1971


Lecturer, Advanced Advocacy Course, University of Ottawa Law School
Faculty Member, Criminal Law, Federation of Law Societies National Program
Faculty Member, Osgoode Professional Development Courses


“The Best Lawyers in Canada”


County of Carleton Law Association
Criminal Lawyers’ Association
American Association for Justice
National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers
Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa, Past President
The Advocates’ Society