Lionel Chartrand Biography
Mr. Chartrand was raised in the Manitoba fishing village of St. Laurent, Manitoba to a family of 14, moving to Winnipeg at age 9 where he ultimately took his Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Law degree at the University of Manitoba. Mr. Chartrand was called to the Manitoba bar in June, 1985.
Mr. Chartrand practiced in Northern Manitoba for 11 years, returning to Winnipeg in 1995 where he practiced until 2008 when he moved to Alberta working for Alberta Justice as a Crown Prosecutor for four years. In August 2012, Mr. Chartrand resurrected “Chartrand Law Office” and has operated a small law firm in Edmonton since then.
Mr. Chartrand has practiced criminal law for 39 years and has taken constitutional and Aboriginal rights cases for argument in the Supreme Court of Canada on four occasions. Mr. Chartrand has argued numerous appeals both in the Court of Queen’s Bench and before Courts of Appeal, both in Manitoba and in Alberta, including the Federal Court Trial Division and the Federal Court of Appeal.
In addition to spending 35 years defending people accused of crimes, Mr. Chartrand served as a Senior Crown Prosecutor in Alberta for 4 years and in 2023 was appointed a Provincial Court Judge, a position that he declined in favour of continuing his passion for defending the wrongfully accused and those needing a strong voice in defending themselves from a system often stacked against persons targeted by the power of the state.
Mr. Chartrand had humble beginnings for his private law practice. He opened the first of his law office locations near the Saskatchewan River on Larose Avenue in The Pas, Manitoba in a former fish packing shed converted to office space.
Monday – 9am-5pm
Tuesday – 9am-5pm
Wednesday – 9am-5pm
Thursday – 9am-5pm
Friday – 9am-5pm
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed
Holidays – Closed
About Chartrand Law Office
Chartrand Law Office is an
Edmonton-based law firm with a special interest in criminal defence
We accept cases in the Western provinces for serious criminal cases where a positive result is desired.