Frances Mahon

Practice Areas: Criminal Defence Law, Refugee Law, Immigration Law, Sex Worker Rights, Constitutional & Public Interest Litigation

Frances Mahon is the owner and founder of Mahon & Company, a progressive litigation boutique in Vancouver, British Columbia. Frances takes a compassionate and strategic approach to all cases, big or small. Her priority is working towards the best possible outcome, by ensuring that you understand your legal rights and exercise them to the fullest extent possible.

Frances is frequently recognized as a leader among her peers. In 2016, she was honoured to receive the Emerging Leader Award from Out On Bay Street (now Start Proud), in recognition of her leadership on issues involving fundamental human rights and constitutional principles. In 2018, she was nominated one of the Top 25 Lawyers in Canada, in the “Changemaker” category. Frances is often invited to speak on criminal law, Charter and human rights issues, and she has provided expert witness testimony to both the Senate and the House of Commons.

Frances received her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2013. While at  Osgoode, she worked on Bedford v. Canada, a landmark Supreme Court of Canada case involving the safety and security of sex workers. Before starting her own firm, Frances practiced in the criminal and constitutional law groups of top litigation boutiques in Toronto and Vancouver.

Frances is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Upper Canada. She belongs to the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (Ontario), the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. She is the 2nd Vice-Chair of the National SOGIC Chapter of the Canadian Bar Association.

Frances is particularly committed to serving the LGBTQ2S+ community, and is sensitive to the systemic and intersecting challenges our community faces when dealing with government, police and corrections, and seeking access to health care.