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Richard J. Wolson, QC

“I care very deeply about the rights of the accused and I am committed to ensuring that all of my clients receive the best possible defence. Throughout my career I have advocated on behalf of those who have been wrongfully accused, holding the police and the courts to the highest possible standards. I defend my clients with vigour and see their rights as paramount.”

Richard Wolson, a Founding Partner of Gindin Wolson Simmonds Roitenberg, has been practising law since 1973.

Aside from representing clients at all court levels, he has participated in high-profile provincial and national inquiries, the results of which have had a profound impact on the Canadian justice system. He is a skilled, bold, and relentless cross-examiner who represents his clients with focus and determination. He has also 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


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

Selected Professional Highlights

  • Named Best Criminal Lawyer of the Year for 2021 by
  • Regional Chair, Supreme Court Advocacy Institute (2018)
  • Award of Merit recipient, Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba, 2015
  • Presenter on a wide variety of legal topics to the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (Ontario); the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia; the Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association; and the Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba 
  • 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)
  • Has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, as well courts in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Yukon, and Northwest Territories

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.

“(Wolson) demonstrated to the whole country what observers in the legal profession in Manitoba already knew—that he is one of the finest, most talented lawyers in Canada.”

–The Honourable Jeffrey J. Oliphant, Commissioner, Commission of Inquiry into Certain Allegations Respecting Business and Financial Dealings Between Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, 2010

“Mr Wolson’s artful dissection of the RCMP members’ evidence was a sight to behold.  Pointed, direct, aggressive, relentless questioning saw these unprepared officers crack under the pressure.  I sat there in stunned silence and found myself feeling sympathy for the RCMP members…” 

–James G. Jewell, The Police Insider (Blog), February 25, 2014

“I have been covering trials—and lengthy hearings such as coroner’s inquests and royal commissions—for more than 25 years. In all that time, I have seen hundreds of witnesses cross-examined and probably, dozens of accused men and women. I have never seen such a one as Brian Mulroney yesterday, being questioned by Richard Wolson, a lawyer from Winnipeg whose pauses alone are terrifying.”

–Christie Blatchford, The Globe and Mail, May 15, 2009

Contact: Richard J. Wolson, QC


Our Lawyers

Jeffrey J. Gindin, QC

Jeff is one of the founding partners of this firm and and has been a trial lawyer since 1971. He will fight tirelessly for his clients with passion, skill, and creativity in order to achieve the best possible results.

Richard J. Wolson, QC

Richard Wolson is a skilled, bold, and relentless cross-examiner who represents his clients with focus and determination.

Saul B. Simmonds, QC

Practising criminal law since 1980, Saul is an experienced litigator with deep knowledge of Canadian law.

Evan J. Roitenberg, LLB

Evan is deeply committed to protecting the rights of the accused and is routinely called upon to lecture and present on the art of cross-examination.

Laura Robinson, BA, LLB

Laura has experience dealing with all manner of offences, which has included violent crimes, property offences, drug offences, driving offences, and weapons offences.

Daniel A. Wolson, BA, LLB

Daniel strives to get the best possible results for his clients, having secured acquittals at all levels of court throughout Manitoba.

Kevin Minuk, BA, LLB

Kevin Minuk received his call to the bar in 2014 and has been practising exclusively in the area of criminal law.

Shimon R. Segal, BA, JD

Shimon was called to the bar and hired as an associate in 2015. His practice has grown to include immigration law and criminal law.

Adam R. Hodge, B.Comm (Hons), JD

Adam Hodge received his call to the bar in May 2016 and practises primarily in the area of criminal defence.

Caitlin MacDonald, BA, JD

Caitlin represents clients facing all types of criminal and quasi-criminal charges and strives to provide expertise, guidance, and compassion.

Winnipeg-based criminal lawyers dedicated to your best defence.

Practice Areas


Robbery is a serious offence. In essence, it is stealing from someone using violence or threats in the course of the theft.

Property Crimes

Theft; breaking and entering (B&E); vandalism; arson; and auto theft, among others.

Impaired Driving / Dangerous Driving

If arrested for driving while suspected of being drunk or high, remember that you have right to hire a lawyer to speak on your behalf.

Internet-Related Crimes

Fraud; harassment; money laundering; identity theft; infringements on intellectual property; pornography; hacking; password trafficking; or any other act considered to be a cybercrime.

Bail Hearings

If you are facing a bail hearing, the lawyers at Gindin Wolson Simmonds Roitenberg will work to ensure you get the best decision possible.

White-Collar Crimes / Fraud

Embezzling money from an employer; expense-account fraud; cybercrime; and tax evasion. Corporate crimes such as selling unsafe products, price fixing, and false advertising.


We will defend you vigorously against any assault-related charges including: assault; assault with a weapon; aggravated assault; or uttering threats.

Weapons Offences

We will defend you vigorously against any weapons-related charges under the Criminal Code or any contravention of the Firearms Act.

Drug Offences

We will defend you vigorously against any charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, including possession, production, trafficking, importing, and exporting.

Domestic Violence

An act of domestic violence can take place within a currently married couple; a previously married couple; in common-law relationships; or between girlfriends, boyfriends, and same-sex partners.

Homicide: Murder / Manslaughter

Your GWSR lawyer will defend your rights aggressively and hold the Crown to the highest possible prosecutorial standards. We have immeasurable experience defending homicide cases.

Sexual Offences

Sexual assault; sexual interference; sexual exploitation; voyeurism; child pornography; luring; and any offences dealing with the sex trade, among others.

Youth Criminal Justice Act

The Youth Criminal Justice Act outlines operations of the criminal justice system as it pertains to those 12–17 years of age who have been charged with a crime.

Tax Prosecution

Tax evasion; tax fraud; failure to charge and/or remit the Provincial Sales Tax (PST); and failure to charge and/or remit the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Quasi-Criminal Offences / Highway Traffic Act

A quasi-criminal offence is an offence not covered by the Criminal Code or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Such matters could be covered by a federal, provincial, or municipal law.

Charter Applications

Concerns related to your right to remain silent at the time of arrest; your right to counsel; issues involving unreasonable searches or other matters pertaining to warrants.

Professional Regulatory Bodies

Your career is important to you and if the body that governs your profession has accused you of violating its regulations, you deserve a vigorous defence

We are committed to excellence, and committed to helping people from all walks of life.

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Winnipeg, MB. R3C 3N9

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