Patrick J. Ducharme - Ducharme Fox LLP
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Patrick J. Ducharme

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008


Patrick is a senior partner and founding member in the Windsor law firm of Ducharme Fox LLP and has been practicing in the Province of Ontario for over 35 years. He has published two books. The first entitled Canadian Criminal Procedure 2015 (463 pages). It reviews all important procedural rules related to criminal trials, the rules of evidence and recent case law in criminal procedure, including proceedings under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The second text, published in honor of his students, is Canadian Criminal Trial Advocacy 2015 (347 pages). It provides practical advice on such diverse topics as developing the necessary confidence to be a trial lawyer, preparing trial briefs, drafting retainer agreements, trial strategies and tactical considerations in examination-in-chief, cross-examination and re-examination. His advocacy book provides bail strategies, witness preparation techniques, instructions on in-trial objections and strategies for the media. 

Patrick is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal, associations in America. Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. The Call to Fellowship in the College of American Trial Lawyers is by special invitation only, an honour and distinction of the highest order, bestowed upon those few, exceptional trial lawyers in the United States and Canada whose art of advocacy and whose standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality are judged to be models to be emulated by the lawyer population at large in any state or province. Fellowship in the College of American Trial Lawyers is regarded as such a rare and exclusive privilege that it can never be extended to more than 1% of the total number of lawyers in any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,739 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows.

Patrick has been selected by his peers to be included in Woodward and White’s "The Best Lawyers in Canada"from 2009 to the present. Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Because lawyers are not allowed to pay a fee to be included, a listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded within the legal profession as an honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than 25 years, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.Patrick is also listed in Ontario's Best Lawyers. His practice extends throughout the province of Ontario. He has argued cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal for Ontario and every other court in the province.

Patrick is the Vice-President of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers Association. For the CLA Patrick chairs its Intervention Committee deciding which cases the CLA will seek leave for the intervener status before the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. Patrick also sits on the Mentorship Committee and the Membership Committee of the CLA.

Patrick has been a sessional lecturer in Criminal Procedure and Trial Advocacy, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor since 1982.  He has taught over 70 full time courses in law.He publishes peer-reviewed articles, papers and book reviews in the field of criminal law. He has been awarded the Charles Clarke Award for Professional Integrity and Community Service and the Chamber of Commerce Award As Business Professional of the Year. He has received similar awards from the University of Windsor, the Iris House, the Humane Society and the University of Windsor Law School. He has become a regular master of ceremonies for scores of community interest groups, performing this function over 500 times for groups such as Hospice, the Humane Society, the Capital Theater, the Bishop's Dinner, B'Nai Brith, the WESPY Sports Awards and many others.

Office Location

800 University Avenue West
Windsor, ON N9A 5R9

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense