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Lawrence Forstner launches a new website

Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner wants his clients to know he's committed to compassionately helping them find the best way forward after they're charged with an offence.

To effectively communicate that message, he’s designed a new website so that potential and existing clients who are researching him online will get a good sense of his advocacy style and be reassured they have options. 

"I want to make the pathway to justice for clients more navigable,” he tells AdvocateDaily.com.

Forstner, principal of Forstner Law, says his logo, which includes an adult holding a young person’s hand, features prominently on the home page. It’s meant to demonstrate his supportive approach to his criminal law practice and the way he protects the rights of his clients.

“I’ve been getting a good deal of positive feedback about my logo and people really appreciate its symbolism,” he says. “Clients have said they see it as a well-thought-out and important concept of who I am and who I am going to be to them.”

The origin of that part of the logo comes from a photograph of two silhouetted people holding hands, which hangs in his office. He used graphic software to create an image of it for his logo to send a message that he, as a lawyer, is there to assist his clients.

The words ‘thoughtful approach’ in the logo are meant to emphasize his approach to his client advocacy. 

The Roman Colosseum in the background is a symbol of battle, which juxtaposes the compassionate adult holding the child’s hand, Forstner explains.

“The semicolon on the right is a symbol of people in recovery,” he says. 

It’s part of the Semicolon Movement, which encourages those who are struggling with mental health and other issues to keep moving forward and telling their story, he says. 

The new site includes a button on the bottom of each page called “case law lessons” that provides information about a series of actions and their outcomes. 

“As a lawyer, I’m big on helping clients develop their own self-advocacy skills,” Forstner says. 

The website features a photograph of the trail heading into the Western Brook Pond Fjord in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland.

It was chosen to symbolize a path forward, Forstner explains.

When someone is charged with a criminal offence, suddenly their future is up in the air and the way forward can become unclear, he says.

“Some people are scared out of their minds,” he says. “And so, finding a pathway to justice is a major theme of how I conduct myself as a lawyer. 

“I sit down with clients and together, we figure out what’s happened, what the defences are, and how we can get the best possible outcome given the realities of the case.”

Clients like to know what their various options are and the best way ahead, Forstner adds.

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