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 in 2014 she appeared as a witness before the Senate on Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.
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 Member-At-Large of the National SOGIC Chapter of the Canadian Bar Association.
Frances is particularly committed to serving the LGBTQQ2SIA+ 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.