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Cynthia Fromstein

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 (Indecent Act, Child Pornography)
  • Homicide and Drug Charges
  • Criminal Charge and Mental Disorder


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

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. - 1976

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 1983

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
  • Innocence Canada (formerly the Association in Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted)

Teaching / Presentations

2018The Advocates’ SocietyCriminal Trial Advocacy
2018The Advocates’ SocietyExpert Witnesses – Examination and Cross Examination
2017University of Toronto Law SchoolJudge - Canadian Law Students Moot Court Competition
2016 The Advocates’ Society Summer Trial Advocacy College
2016 The Advocates’ Society Pre-Trial Preparation
2016 Durban, South Africa 2016 International AIDS Conference – Beyond Blame
2015 Ben Gurion University, Israel Non-Disclosure of HIV - Legal and Ethical Considerations
2015 The Advocates’ Society Summer Trial Advocacy College – Civil Litigation
2015 Manitoba Bar Association HIV Criminalization
2014 Ryerson University Law Practice Program 2014-2015
2013 Criminal Lawyers Association Education Criminal Prosecutions of HIV Non-Disclosure
2013 The Advocates’ Society Criminal Cross Examination College
2013 Ontario Aids Network Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure
2013 Canadian Bar Association Sex and the Law – Disclosing HIV Status Post Mabior
2012 University of Toronto Law School HIV and the Supreme Court: Criminal Nondisclosure after Mabior
2011 Legal Aid Ontario Education Seminar Duty Counsel Training Seminar
2011 The Advocates’ Society Summer Trial Advocacy College
2010 National Judicial Council HIV Transmission and Criminal Law
2009 The Advocates’ Society Intensive Criminal Trial Advocacy Workshop
2008 The Law Union Annual Conference Criminalization of HIV Transmission
2008 The Advocates’ Society Do a Trial – Criminal
2007 Legal Aid Ontario Education Seminar Advocacy before the Ontario Review Board
2007 Ontario Aids Network Training Seminar HIV and the Law
2007 Criminal Lawyers Association Fall Education Conference Applications of the Canadian Charter of Rights to Part XX.1 Criminal Code Mentally Disordered Accused

In the News

2016 CBC / Canadian Press Advocates Hopeful will stop criminalizing HIV Non-Disclosure
2016 NOW Magazine Laws Criminalizing HIV are putting Vulnerable Women at Risk
2014 Global News Toronto Indecent Act
2010 Gary Doyle Show Incarceration of the Mentally III (mp3 audio file)
    A Day of Action to Stop HIV Criminalization