Frances is a criminal defence and civil rights lawyer, with an emphasis on client service and innovative solutions to complex legal issues. She advises and defends individuals, unions and corporations facing criminal, national security, regulatory and professional disciplinary allegations. Frances also represents applicants and interveners in constitutional and public interest litigation. She is a member in good standing of both the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Prior to joining Martin + Associates, Frances practiced at Goldblatt Partners LLP in Toronto, focusing primarily on criminal defence and constitutional law. During her time at Osgoode Hall Law School, Frances worked at the Innocence Project and assisted with a major constitutional challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws, all while obtaining her Juris Doctor.
Frances is frequently recognized as an exceptional advocate and leader in the early stages of her career. She is regularly invited to speak about criminal, human rights and constitutional law, and on issues affecting the LGBTQ community. In 2014, Frances appeared as a witness before the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, providing evidence on Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. In 2016, Frances received the Emerging Leader Award from Out On Bay Street, in recognition of her leadership on issues involving fundamental human rights and constitutional principles.
Frances is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, the Advocates’ Society, and the Canadian Bar Association.
When not litigating, Frances can be found enjoying the natural splendour of Canada’s wilderness with her beloved black and white dog Pepper, either in a canoe or on foot.
Trinity Western University v. The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2016 ONCA 518 (LGBTQ law students’ access to education)
R. v. Borowiec, 2016 SCC 11 (interpretation of criminal law provisions regarding infanticide)
Henry v. British Columbia (AG), 2016 SCC 24 (availability of Charter damages for prosecutorial misconduct)