Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski is a problem-solver who advocates for his clients to get the best outcome when they clash with the “state.”

“People come to me with unique problems and it’s my job to try to solve them,” he tells

“Solutions vary, and how you define success in criminal law is part of the challenge. If you have a client who is charged with sexual assault and he pleads guilty to assault, have you solved the problem? There are all sorts of ways to reach a solution and it requires ingenuity and creativity on my part, which makes it interesting.”

Handlarski, principal of RH Criminal Defence, knew that criminal defence was the right path for him after his first interview with an accused person at a Toronto-area jail. The individual was charged with first-degree murder and the interview took four hours.

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