Donald Carter is smart, creative and doggedly devoted to his clients. He achieves the best possible results in serious cases in all levels of courts across Ontario.

Talk to him about your case at 416.435.8433
or 905.530.2200 (in-custody) or email



For over twenty years. I have represented people accused of serious crimes at all levels of the Ontario courts. When you hire me, you know that I have the experience, expertise and courage to take on the toughest cases and help you win.



When you hire me, you get me. When you call, I pick up the phone and speak to you directly. You are never handed off to a junior associate or speak with an assistant. You and your case get my full attention!



I employ a trial focused strategy from the moment you hire me. I painstakingly review disclosure, interview parties, visit scenes, and consult outside experts. No detail is too small. In every case I will know more about your case and be more prepared than the police or the prosecution. That’s how I stay one step ahead and get the best possible results in your case.

My focus is on you and your needs.

No two cases are ever the same. The only way to truly understand your situation is to listen to you.   When you speak, I show you the respect and understanding that you and your case deserve. It’s simple: I treat you the way that I would like to be treated.

I don’t need to raise my voice to be heard — my reputation speaks volumes.

I have credibility with crown attorneys and judges to get things done. When I discuss a case with a crown attorney they know a number of things: that I will know the case, that I will fearlessly defend my client and that I will act at all times with honesty and integrity. When I stand before a judge in a trial, my clients have a leg up, because the judge will know that if I’m there, there will be a strong triable issue that will be presented vigorously in the best traditions of the bar.

Storytelling is the most powerful way to persuade the minds of judges and jurors.

Every case has a story. Facts don’t speak for themselves. My job is to identify the facts and present a narrative in a way that appeals to the common sense of any right-thinking person who hears it. My ability to present a compelling alternate narrative to the story of the crown and police is at the heart of my skill as your advocate.

My goal is to always have clients believe they got more than their money’s worth.

I am not inexpensive and I don’t take every case — it’s a matter of integrity. I have a level of experience and expertise and reasonably expect to be paid for that skill. My fees reflect this reality. 

There are many less experienced lawyers who will charge you less. But if I don’t think I can significantly help you, I will tell you so and I will not take your money or your case. 

I charge fair fees and you always know what to expect.

In most cases I charge a single flat fee. For others, I charge a series of flat fees corresponding with landmarks in the case or I can charge an hourly rate. In all cases, there are never any surprise fees or expenses.

I’m here to help. Contact me for a no-obligation consultation today.