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McCarten Wallace Litigation (MWL) is a boutique legal practice with an emphasis on social justice principles and innovative lawyering.

MWL is fuelled by lawyers with experiences in a broad range of immigration, criminal and administrative law matters. Before starting MWL, our lawyers worked at leading Canadian criminal, poverty law and public interest law firms. MWL is equally adept at providing discrete representation as it is coordinating with media and activist groups.

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Clifford Mccarten • Jd BA

clifford@mccartenwallace.com • 416 363 1696 x102

Clifford practices Canadian immigration and refugee law and administrative law. He is particularly committed to human rightsfamily reunification and fighting detention & deportation.

He graduated near the top of his class at Osgoode Hall Law School, winning awards along the way for his work on civil liberties and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, civil law, and for his published writing on deportation

After honing his advocacy at one of Canada's most celebrated legal clinics in immigration and refugee law, Clifford articled at a leading national firm. He has worked on labour and employment law, criminal and security matters, and civil litigation. He contributed to several major public interest cases, and has advocated for the improvement of childcare laws.

Clifford has litigated before the Federal Court of Canada and all Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board. He travelled to appear before Canadian Parliament to provide witness testimony on immigration law. Clifford is a member of the Canadian Council for Refugees, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the Refugee Lawyers Association, and the Law Union of Ontario.

Simon wallace • JD MA BA

simon@mccartenwallace.com • 416 363 1696 x101

Simon is a refugee, prison, and criminal lawyer. He proudly works to advance tenants' rights and defends against evictions.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Trent University in Peterborough. After a career in publishing and journalism, he graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He was awarded the Harry R. Rose Prize for the highest standing in criminal law, the Judith Wahl Award for Law and Psychiatry, and the Fredrick H. Zemans Prize in Poverty Law.

Simon articled with a top criminal defence firm. There he assisted with the defence of serious criminal charges, judicial reviews, mental health matters, and appeals. He worked extensively with Parkdale Community Legal Services. 

He is a committed and passionate defender of the rights of migrants, prisoners, and tenants. He is published in a number of Left publications. Recently Simon contributed an entry (“Friend”) to Keywords for Radicals. He is a member of the Criminal Lawyers Association, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the Refugee Lawyers Association, the Prison Lawyers Association, and the Law Union of Ontario.