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Bernard Cugelman, LL.B.

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Cugelman & Eisen Lawyer Bios

Bernard Cugelman has been a leading figure in the Ontario legal community for many years. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor of arts degree in 1963, and received his law degree in 1966 from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Prior to being called to the Bar in 1967, while still a law student, he ran a coffee house in the entertainment district of Yorkville. It was during this time that he began to pursue what would become a long and successful career in criminal defence work.Yorkville in the hippie days was a hotbed of police activity. Many frequenters of the Yorkville scene who were in need of criminal defence services would ask him for help. "I was six months away from being called to the Bar, and many people were coming to me with criminal law problems" he explains. "Although I was not yet able to go to court they confided in me and I was prepared to assist them to the extent of my ability at that time. The police were very actively engaged in arresting all kinds of people in the Yorkville area so that there was an endless stream of potential cases. It was interesting work. As soon as I was called to the bar I had a built-in clientele. As luck would have it I had a knack for criminal defence work and I quickly compiled a very successful track record in the courts. Very early in my career I was able to take on all kinds of cases, including serious jury trials in the Supreme Court, with an enviable record of successes. I was also able to successfully argue numerous appeals. I was raised to root for the underdog and that feeling has never left me. I believe that, while the Canadian legal system is founded on the notion that people are innocent until proven guilty, mere lip service is paid to that notion; and the law and order conservative government has made it increasingly difficult for people charged with criminal offences to defend themselves fairly. It is more essential than ever that an accused person has skilled, fearless, counsel in his corner to represent him or her."

For the next two decades, Bernard practiced criminal law in Toronto before relocating to Barrie, which offered a more appealing lifestyle for himself and his young family. Over the course of his career, he has conducted thousands of cases ranging from petty theft to high-profile murder trials and conspiracy cases, and he has experience arguing cases before all levels of the Ontario court system, including the Ontario Court of Appeal. He has also argued appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Court of Appeal for Newfoundland.

Since 1988, Bernard has been recognized as a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has become a leader in his field, and is a past President of the Criminal Lawyers Association for the County of Simcoe.

Today, after more than 40 years in practice, Bernard Cugelman is as committed to his clients as he was on the day he started. "To this day, I find the work satisfying, challenging, and interesting," he says. "I feel we are helping people get through very difficult situations. We deal with real people, real problems, and real solutions."

Cugelman & Eisen: Barrie Criminal Lawyers Who Will Fight For You

The legal team at Cugelman & Eisen has more than 60 years of combined experience in criminal defence, having prepared and argued cases successfully at all levels of the Ontario court system, and elsewhere. They have built their practice on hard work, full and open communication with clients, sympathy with their client's plight, fearless representation, and an unwavering dedication to excellence in the field of criminal defence. Today, Cugelman & Eisen is one of the most highly regarded law firms in the Barrie area. They defend all criminal charges including impaired driving, domestic assault, sexual assault, drugs, fraud, firearms, property offences, and homicide cases, to highlight but a few. Bernard Cugelman and Mitchell Eisen spend a great deal of time attending legal conferences and keeping abreast of the latest developments in Canadian criminal law, which is essential to be able to provide the best possible defence for every client. They can assist you through every phase of your criminal case, from police investigations, bail, and pre-trial hearings, to trials, plea negotiations, and appeals. The law offices of Cugelman & Eisen are located at 89 Collier St. Suite 100, Barrie, Ontario L4M 1H2, or they can be reached by calling (866) 715-9413.