Paul J.I. Alexander has over 15 years of experience as a criminal defence lawyer. His practice is primarily focused on criminal appeals. He acts for clients who seek to challenge their convictions, reduce their sentences, or respond to appeals launched by the Crown.
Paul brings to his practice a strong background in criminal and constitutional advocacy. He has participated in appeals before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Superior Court of Justice, and provincial courts of appeal on both coasts. He has acted in cases ranging from theft to first degree murder.
Paul also has extensive trial experience, and has defended complex cases including first and second degree murders, alleged conspiracies, drug matters, large-scale frauds, sexual offences, and many others. He represents clients at trial in addition to his appellate case load.
Paul has represented the Criminal Lawyers’ Association as an intervener before the Supreme Court of Canada. He has testified on criminal law policy as an invited witness before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, and his writing on legal issues has appeared in the Globe and Mail. Paul has lectured on criminal appellate procedure at Osgoode Hall law school and taught appellate advocacy skills as an Upper Year Moot Supervisor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He mentors younger counsel through the Criminal Appellate Advocacy Development Program at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He volunteers as duty counsel with the Pro Bono Inmate Appeal Program, where he helps unrepresented appellants argue their cases before the Court of Appeal.
Paul articled as a law clerk to the judges of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. Following his call to the bar in 2007, he joined a well-known criminal law firm in Toronto, where he worked on a number of major cases. He launched his own practice in April 2013.
Paul earned his Bachelor of Commerce and his Juris Doctor at the University of Toronto.