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Lawyer, Specialist in Criminal Law


Howard Rubel graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1985 and practices exclusively in the area of criminal defence litigation. He has been designated a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada every year since 1995. Howard is included in "The Best Lawyers in Canada" and is recognized by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review with an 'AV Preeminent' rating. He taught criminal law for four years at Osgoode Hall and has lectured at other schools and universities. Howard was an instructor at the Law Society’s Bar Admission Course for 14 years, and has participated in numerous educational programmes of the Canadian Bar Association, the Advocates Society, Osgoode Hall’s Professional Development Programme and many other organizations. He has appeared before Special Committees of the Ontario Legislature on criminal justice issues and has been a consultant to the Law Reform Commission. Howard has also been a contributor to a number of texts on criminal law and procedure. 

Howard is a founding member of the Heller, Rubel law firm, and his practice includes all types of criminal litigation and appeals to all levels of Canadian courts. In addition to defending individuals, corporations and professional organizations charged with criminal, quasi-criminal and regulatory offences, he frequently provides legal advice and assistance to other lawyers, government counsel, police authorities and professional organizations on a consultative basis. He also assists clients with cross-border and international issues relating to criminal and regulatory matters.

While Howard has successfully defended clients in well over 1,500 cases of many different types, he considers those where he has convinced the authorities not to prosecute, or to discontinue prosecution, to be among his most successful results.

Howard does not believe in trying his cases in the media, and attempts to minimize all types of exposure for his clients unless specifically instructed otherwise. He believes that solving the problem with the least amount of publicity, cost, and harm to the individual or business’s reputation is in the best interests of his clients. Winning means not only at trial, but also in managing the stress, publicity and reputational effects of being accused of wrongdoing.


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