Solomon Friedman is a criminal lawyer and the managing partner at Edelson & Friedman 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 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 is a regular contributor to the Citizen’s bi-weekly column on legal rights and criminal law, entitled “Right to Know.”
Solomon has also testified regarding firearms law before Standing Committees at both the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada.
Solomon Friedman created and maintains firearmslaw.ca, a blog and legal resource site devoted to Canadian gun law and policy. He is also the co-author of the 2013/14 Annotated Firearms Act and Related Legislation, published by LexisNexis Canada.
Solomon attended the Beth Israel College in Jerusalem, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Talmudic Law and Philosophy, graduating with the highest academic distinction in 2006. Solomon thereafter 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. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2010.
While at law school, Solomon was the recipient of the prize for the highest grade in the Advanced Criminal Procedure course. He also had the distinction of receiving the Law Society of Upper Canada Award for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Studies, the Osgoode Society Prize for Canadian Legal History and the Law Foundation of Ontario Award for academic excellence. In addition to obtaining the University of Ottawa Merit Scholarship for each of his years of study at law school, Solomon was also awarded the Catherine Helen Maclean Upper Year Award for his academic achievement and class standing.
Solomon has represented clients at all levels of court in Canada, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
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.
In addition to his work as a trial and appellate lawyer, Solomon is also a sessional professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, where he teaches Evidence and Criminal Trial Advocacy.
Solomon is also one of three lawyers behind the firm’s Affordable Defence initiative.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Criminal and Regulatory Litigation
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Beth Israel College
HONOURS AND AWARDS
Law Society of Upper Canada Award
Osgoode Society Prize for Canadian Legal History
Law Foundation of Ontario Award for Academic Excellence
University of Ottawa Merit Scholarship
Catherine Helen Maclean Upper Year Award
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Criminal Lawyers’ Association
Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa