Ryan Handlarski

Ryan Handlarski
RH Criminal Defence
Principal
Criminal

Ryan Handlarski, principal of Toronto's RH Criminal Defence, focuses on criminal law.

Mr. Handlarski graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University’s Schulich School of Business in 2005. He earned a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 2008, where he graduated cum laude and won the John A. Kavanagh Memorial Award for highest standing in criminal law. Mr. Handlarski was called to the Ontario Bar in 2009.

Focusing on criminal law, Mr. Handlarski defends individuals charged with a range of offences, including assault, impaired driving, drug trafficking, sexual assault and sexual interference, break and enter, aggravated assault and murder.

Following law school, Mr. Handlarski articled at McCarthy Tétrault, working on the defence of individuals accused of market manipulation by the Ontario Securities Commission. He later worked as an associate for Greenspan Partners and acted on cases involving allegations of fraud, sexual assault, drug trafficking and murder.

Mr. Handlarski is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.

Ryan Handlarski In The News
Avoid never-ending tournament, create different career path

Law students should consider taking the career path less travelled, Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski suggests in an article penned for Law Times . Read more

You can stand on the other side of humanity and be right

By Ryan Handlarski . For virtually my entire life, I have been in the minority when it comes to thinking. I can remember examples of this throughout my life from the time I was nine years old and liked the song Fight the Power by Public Enemy while most of my classmates liked New Kids on the Block (and thought I was the crazy one!).  Read more

Woman detained for pot use 'was literally taking her medicine'

HALIFAX — A lawyer for a Nova Scotia motorist whose licence was suspended after her saliva tested positive for cannabis says he's planning to launch a constitutional challenge. Read more

Solitary confinement ruling step in right direction: Handlarski

TORONTO — Ontario's top court has placed a hard cap on solitary confinement in prisons, saying inmates can no longer be isolated for more than 15 days because that amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Read more

What Sidney Crosby’s 2016 Stanley Cup can teach lawyers

By Ryan Handlarski . In 2015, Sidney Crosby was going through the worst slump of his career. He had 15 points in 23 games and instead of being in his usual top five spot among the NHL scoring leaders, was ranked somewhere in the hundreds. Sports writers started to write him off as going through an inevitable decline that happens with age and following injuries. Other sports reporters were saying that the Penguins should trade him while he still had some value. Advanced stats sports reporters (I love advanced stats) were showing charts that demonstrated that his decline could actually be explained by a steady decline that had started years earlier and the decline was simply proceeding as expected. Then the calendar year changed. In 2016, Crosby broke out of his slump and went on a tear. He finished the year third in NHL scoring and then won the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe trophy as the most valuable player in the NHL playoffs. Two months later, he won MVP of the World Cup of Hockey while leading Canada to a gold medal. How could the people who had written him off have been so wrong? And what does this have to do with lawyers? Read more

Presumption of innocence reaches beyond courtroom: Handlarski

The presumption of innocence is much more than a legal construct — it is a cornerstone of any civilized society, Toronto criminal lawyer  Ryan Handlarski  tells Canadian Lawyer . Read more

Ryerson has chance to break from traditional legal education: Handlarski

Ryerson University’s new law school brings with it the opportunity to revitalize legal education, Toronto criminal lawyer  Ryan Handlarski  tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Weigh costs, benefits when choosing a law school: Handlarski

Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski has a message for students — graduating with a manageable debt should be more important than the name of the law school on your diploma. Read more

Consider grassroots options for treating drug addiction: Handlarski

Opening the administration of methadone to those who have a “stake in the recovery of the drug addicts” is a way to create a treatment system that works, Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

What law students, legal entrepreneurs can learn from Ferris Bueller

By Ryan Handlarski . “Life moves pretty fast,” says a young Matthew Broderick to the camera breaking the fourth wall with the audience in the classic 80s movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. “If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Read more

Criminal clients don't play golf

By Ryan Handlarski . To whoever said that “golf is a good walk spoiled” – I say amen brother! Read more

Seek advice of those close to gun violence: Handlarski to politicians

Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski has some advice for the city’s new council as it grapples with a growing gun violence issue — talk to the people who deal with the problem. Read more

Why you shouldn't listen to your elders

By Ryan Handlarski . I don’t mean you shouldn’t listen to your elders ever, but when it comes to entrepreneurship, you should be very skeptical about the advice you get from elders, particularly from the Baby Boomer generation. If you are a lawyer that is considering going out on your own in criminal law, you should be very reluctant to follow the advice of a Baby Boomer, even one that is successful. Rejecting their advice is hard to do for reasons that I will explain. Read more

Pre-trial lockdowns now a factor in sentencing, says Handlarski

Time spent in lockdowns at an Ontario detention centre is rightfully becoming a significant factor in sentencing, Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski tells the CBC . Read more

‘How much does a criminal lawyer make?’

By Ryan Handlarski . I get asked this question a lot and before I answer, I need to know what you are thinking in asking it. Most people that ask this question are making a logical mistake. The better way of asking this question is to ask: how much does a criminal lawyer make  compared to an alternative career that I could actually pursue and be successful at? Read more

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