Criminal and Penal Lawyer

Anthony El-Haddad

Founder and lawyer in criminal and penal law at El-Haddad, Avocats, a criminal law firm located in Laval.

My mission is to represent each person with dedication and sincerity.

At El-Haddad, Avocats, we are committed to passionately supporting our clients, protecting their rights rigorously, regardless of the complexities encountered.

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Biography

A distinguished graduate of the Université du Québec à Montréal, I have a rich history rooted in criminal and penal law since 2014. During my university studies, I contributed to the renowned Innocence Project, advocating for those who could be harmed by the law. My dedication also earned me a coveted government position, where I addressed the grievances of incarcerated people, ensuring fair treatment within the Quebec prison system.

After obtaining a sought-after internship at the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP), I began my career as a prosecutor, handling hundreds of criminal files. However, my true passion lay in defending the rights of the accused, which led me to start my own business.

Believing in collective defence rather than solo practice, I have partnered with renowned criminal lawyers over the years. In 2017, responding to customer requests, our team moved to Laval, offering a more convenient location away from the busy downtown.

Having dealt with cases ranging from attempted murder to fraud and major assaults, my experience is vast and varied. We proudly offer services in French and English and can arrange meetings and client preparations in Arabic.

My career has been marked by distinctions, including an honour on the Dean’s List of the Faculty of Law at UQAM and distinctions at the 2013 Gale Cup for team performance and my appeal brief.

Skills

Legal Research

  • Recommended by 2 colleagues to the City of Montreal
  • 11 recommendations

Legal assistance

  • 5 recommendations

Criminal Law

  • Recommended by 3 colleagues to the City of Montreal
  • 14 recommendations

Prison law

  • 4 recommendations

Legal advice

  • 6 recommendations

Legal Writing

  • 8 recommendations

Criminal law

  • 14 recommendations

Customer service

  • 3 recommendations

Professional experience

Criminal and Penal Lawyer

El-Haddad, Avocats
Oct 2017 – Present

Defence counsel in criminal, penal and disciplinary law cases before all levels and in all judicial districts of Quebec.

Criminal, penal and prison lawyer

Shadley Bien-Aimé, s.e.n.c.
Feb 2015 – Oct 2017

Defence counsel in criminal, penal and disciplinary law cases before all levels and in all judicial districts of Quebec.

Lecturer in paralegal technology

CDI College
Feb 2016 – Sep 2016
Laval

Criminal Lawyer

Montreal Legal Aid Office
Mar 2015 – Apr 2015
Montreal Office

Duty counsel at the Montreal Legal Aid Office, criminal and penal law.

Intern at the Directorate of Penal and Criminal Prosecutions

City of Montreal
Jun 2014 – Nov 2014
Montreal Area, Canada

Bar internship:

  • Case law analyses;
  • Preparation of criminal and criminal prosecution lists;
  • Plea bargaining, penal and criminal law;
  • Representations before the judges of the municipal court of Montreal;
  • Drafting of legal opinions.

Criminal Law Student

With Me Khalid M’seffar of the Saint-Jérôme Legal Aid Office
May 2014 – Jul 2014

  • Legal research;
  • Preparation of files;
  • Preparation of examinations and cross-examinations;
  • Follow Mr. M’seffar during his trials.

Assistant Delegate to the Québec Ombudsman

The Québec Ombudsman
2012 – 2014

  • Taking complaints from incarcerated persons;
  • Processing of files;
  • Negotiation with detention facilities;
  • Legal research in prison law.

Education

Bar School of Montreal

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Law
Graduation obtained on May 23, 2014.

UQAM | University of Quebec at Montreal

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Law
2011 – 2013

Activities and companies:

  • Member of the Quebec Innocence Project.
  • Participant in the national criminal and constitutional law moot court competition “The Gale Cup”, finishing second in Canada in 2012.

Volunteering

Law student

Innocence Quebec Project
Sep 2011 – May 2012 (9 months)
Human Rights

Research, preparation, drafting and sending of a brief to the Minister of Justice for a person who has been unjustly imprisoned and has exhausted all his grounds of appeal.

Member of the UQAM team

2013 Gale Cup: National Moot Court Competition in Constitutional and Criminal Law
Feb 2013 – Present (11 years 5 months)
Human Rights

Member of the team that won the 2nd best factum and 2nd best team awards at the 2013 Gale Cup National Moot Court Competition.


Honours and Distinctions

Inscription on the honour roll of the Faculty of Law of UQAM

UQAM Faculty of Law, May 2013

2nd best memory of the 2013 Gale Cup

Lenczner Slaght, Feb 2013
National criminal and constitutional law moot court competition bringing together the majority of Canadian law schools.

2nd best team in the 2013 Gale Cup

Lenczner Slaght, Feb 2013
National criminal and constitutional law moot court competition bringing together the majority of Canadian law schools.