You can talk to a lawyer from Gindin Wolson Simmonds Roitenberg at any time, day or night, by calling:

We are located at:

1200-363 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3N9

Richard J. Wolson, QC

Phone: 204.985.8184 |

“I care very deeply about the rights of the accused in our criminal justice system. I was fortunate to serve as commission counsel to the Sophonow Inquiry, examining Mr. Sophonow’s wrongful conviction and making recommendations to prevent such wrongful convictions in the future. Throughout my career I have advocated on behalf of those who have been wrongfully accused. I defend my clients with vigour and see their rights as paramount.”

-Richard Wolson

Richard Wolson, a Founding Partner of Gindin Wolson Simmonds Roitenberg, has been practising criminal and administrative law since 1973. Aside from representing clients at all court levels, he has participated in high-profile inquiries, the results of which have had a profound impact on the practice of law in Canada. He has authored and co-authored numerous papers relating to key issues of criminal law.


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Manitoba, 1972
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Winnipeg, 1969

Work History

  • 1995–present | Founding Partner, Gindin Wolson Simmonds Roitenberg
  • 1977–1995 | Partner, Walsh Micay and Company
  • 1974–1977 | Associate, Walsh Micay and Company
  • 1973 | Associate, Margolis, Gould and Associates

Selected Professional Highlights

  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1995
  • Lead Commission Counsel, Inquiry into Certain Allegations Respecting Business and Financial Dealings Between Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney
  • Lead Commission Counsel, Inquiry into the Wrongful Conviction of Thomas Sophonow
  • Counsel to Parties, Driskell Inquiry; Monnin Inquiry
  • Federation of Law Societies National Criminal Law Program, Faculty Member, Author and National Lecturer on a broad range of criminal law topics, including impaired driving, sexual assault and homicide (1985–2005)
  • The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted, Presenter and Author, “Innocents Behind Bars,” Toronto, Ontario (2002)
  • American Judicature Society, Presenter, “National Conference on Preventing the Conviction of Innocent Persons,” Arlington, Virginia (2003)
  • “Unlocking Innocence: An International Conference on Avoiding Wrongful Conviction,” Presenter and Member of the Organizing Committee, Winnipeg (2005)
  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Presenter and Author, International Conference, Toronto, Ontario (2010)


  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • International Society of Barristers (Fellow)
  • Manitoba Trial Lawyers Association
  • Manitoba Bar Association (Former, Criminal Law Subsection)

Outside of Law

Outside of his professional practice, Richard enjoys sharing his knowledge about Canadian law and practice with students in high school, undergraduate university and law school. He is also an avid golfer and traveller.