Cynthia Fromstein

Cynthia Fromstein

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1-800-646-3757 (Toll Free)

Cynthia Fromstein received her LL.B. from the University of Victoria Law School in 1980 and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1983. Ms. Fromstein completed a B.A. at the University of Toronto.

Cynthia Fromstein practices criminal law exclusively. Ms. Fromstein has over thirty years of extensive trial experience in areas including domestic and sexual assaults, morality charges (indecent act, possession child pornography), homicide and drug charges, as well as forensic cases involving defendants with mental illness. Cynthia Fromstein has been previously retained by the Attorney General to cross-examine young persons in sexual assault cases and to represent complainants challenging a third party records application.

Cynthia Fromstein is devoted to her clients in providing compassionate, professional advice and in fighting to achieve success in each case. Ms. Fromstein brings her experience, creativity, tenacity and skill to the defence of each of her clients.

Her record of success and client satisfaction over three decades reflects her expertise and dedication.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic and Sexual Assaults
  • Morality Charges
  • Homicide and Drug Charges


  • HALCO James Kreppner Award 2013 recognizing unparalleled advocacy on behalf of persons living with HIV

Teaching / Presentations

2007Criminal Lawyers Association Fall Education ConferenceApplications of the Canadian Charter of Rights to Part XX.1 Criminal Code Mentally Disordered Accused
2007Ontario Aids Network Training SeminarHIV and the Law
2007Legal Aid Ontario Education SeminarAdvocacy before the Ontario Review Board
2008The Advocates’ SocietyDo a Trial – Criminal
2008The Law Union Annual ConferenceCriminalization of HIV Transmission
2009The Advocates’ SocietyIntensive Criminal Trial Advocacy Workshop
2010National Judicial CouncilHIV Transmission and Criminal Law
2011The Advocates’ SocietySummer Trial Advocacy College
2011Legal Aid Ontario Education SeminarDuty Counsel Training Seminar
2012University of Toronto Law SchoolHIV and the Supreme Court: Criminal Nondisclosure after Mabior
2013Canadian Bar AssociationSex and the Law – Disclosing HIV Status Post Mabior
2013Ontario Aids NetworkCriminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure
2013The Advocates’ SocietyCriminal Cross Examination College
2013Criminal Lawyers Association EducationCriminal Prosecutions of HIV Non-Disclosure
2014Ryerson UniversityLaw Practice Program 2014-2015
2015Manitoba Bar AssociationHIV Criminalization
2015The Advocates’ SocietySummer Trial Advocacy College – Civil Litigation
2015Ben Gurion University, IsraelNon-Disclosure of HIV - Legal and Ethical Considerations
2016Durban, South Africa2016 International AIDS Conference – Beyond Blame
2016The Advocates’ SocietyPre-Trial Preparation
2016The Advocates’ SocietySummer Trial Advocacy College

In the News

2016CBC / Canadian PressAdvocates Hopeful will stop criminalizing HIV Non-Disclosure
2016NOW MagazineLaws Criminalizing HIV are putting Vulnerable Women at Risk
2016Toronto StarThe untold story of accused ‘crossbow killer’ Brett Ryan
2014Global News TorontoIndecent Act
2010Gary Doyle ShowIncarceration of the Mentally III
2009Toronto StarRoad Rage Incident
2008CTV NewsHIV/AIDS Conviction
2006Guelph MercuryQuestioning Upsets Woman who claims she was raped
2006Guelph MercuryAggravated Sexual Assault Charge Withdrawn

In Film

Positive Women: Exposing Injustice Documentary on Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure


  • University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • LL.B. - 1980
  • University of Toronto, Canada
    • B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 1983

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
  • HIV/Aids Legal Network - Ontario Working Groups on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure - Legal Strategy Committee
  • AIDWYC (Association in Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted)