Christian Pearce
Criminal Lawyer
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Born and raised in Toronto, I earned a degree in political science from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and my law degree from the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Law in Vancouver.

Before being called to the Ontario bar, I articled with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) in Toronto. As an articling fellow with CCLA, I made significant contributions to the organization's submissions to courts and governments on issues ranging from mandatory minimum sentences to random breath testing.

Since my call, I have acted as a dedicated and effective advocate for those charged with criminal offences. I have appeared in Provincial and Superior court in and around Toronto, including in Brampton, Newmarket, Burlington, and other area courthouses. I am a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Criminal Lawyers' Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and Legal Aid Ontario's criminal law panel.

Before becoming a lawyer, I co-founded the award-winning hip-hop magazine, Pound. Over 44 issues spanning more than a decade, the magazine has been an acclaimed source of knowledge on music, politics, and lifestyle.

My work on the magazine culiminated in Enter the Babylon System, an examination of firearms culture and violence from a hip-hop perspective. Published by Random House Canada in 2007, Enter the Babylon System was a finalist for the Governor-General's Award, the Donner Prize for Canadian public policy writing, the National Business Book Award, and the Arthur Ellis Award for excellence in crime writing. The book also became a national bestseller in Canada (ETBS reviews).