Frances Mahon is committed to protecting human rights and civil liberties. She provides criminal defence, refugee, immigration and human rights litigation services in Vancouver, British Columbia. Frances also represents applicants and interveners in constitutional and public interest litigation.

Frances is frequently recognized as a leader among her peers. In 2016, she was honoured to receive the Emerging Leader Award from Out On Bay Street (now Start Proud), in recognition of her leadership on issues involving fundamental human rights and constitutional principles. Frances is often invited to speak on criminal law, Charter and human rights issues, and she has provided expert witness testimony to both the Senate and the House of Commons.

Frances received her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2013. While at  Osgoode, she worked on Bedford v. Canada, a landmark Supreme Court of Canada case involving the safety and security of sex workers. Before starting her own firm, Frances practiced in the criminal and constitutional law groups of top litigation boutiques in Toronto and Vancouver.

Frances is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Upper Canada. She belongs to the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (Ontario), the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. She is the 2nd Vice-Chair of the National SOGIC Chapter of the Canadian Bar Association.

Frances is particularly committed to serving the LGBTQ2S+ community, and is sensitive to the systemic and intersecting challenges our community faces when dealing with government, police and corrections, and seeking access to health care.


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Victory today for LGBTQ rights from the Supreme Court of Canada in Trinity Western University law school decision

June 15, 2018 – Frances Mahon is delighted to announce that the Supreme Court of Canada delivered a profound victory for the LGBTQ community today, confirming the Law Societies of Ontario and British Columbia’s refusal to accredit Trinity Western University’s proposed school of law. The majority of the Court held that the mandatory nature of …

Frances Mahon to testify before House of Commons human trafficking committee

May 29, 2018 – Frances Mahon will be testifying today before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on behalf of Pivot Legal Society, to provide insight on how human trafficking laws are being enforced in Canada, and the importance of maintaining a distinction between human trafficking, and adult, consensual sex work. …

Recommendations made by Frances Mahon Law accepted by Independent Investigations Office after Tony Du inquest

April 18, 2018 – The Independent Investigations Office announced today that it will accept the recommendations made by Frances Mahon Law, along with Pivot Legal Society, in the coroner’s inquest into Tony Du’s death, as the CBC reported today: In a statement released Wednesday, the IIO said it will adopt the first recommendation which is to automatically release …


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