Reid Rusonik


Mr. Rusonik is Rusonik, OConnor, Robbins, Ross, & Angelini, LLP‘s Managing Partner.

He has been successfully representing people against criminal charges in Toronto, the G.T.A. and throughout Ontario for almost 40 years.

Mr. Rusonik believes a criminal defence lawyer’s role is not to judge the people he represents, it is to defend them against the judgments and allegations of others.

He believes pleading guilty to be one of the poorest options to offer a client charged with criminal offences in the vast majority of cases.

Being known as a defence lawyer who believes in going to trial has led to thousands of different charges being withdrawn against his clients.

Mr. Rusonik regularly advances defences based on breaches of an individual’s rights as protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, especially in relation to illegal drug, weapon and property offences.*

Mr. Rusonik is a veteran of almost one hundred jury trials involving charges ranging from Murder to Manslaughter and from Illegal Firearm and Drug Possession to Dangerous Driving Causing Death.

He was the Managing Partner of Pinkofskys Criminal Trial and Appeal Lawyers, then Canada’s largest criminal defence firm, for over 15 years prior to amalgamating the bulk of the firm into the new entity that bears his and his partners’ names.

He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1987 and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1989. He articled with Pinkofskys, was rehired as an associate in 1989, and became a partner in 1992.

Mr. Rusonik practices throughout Ontario and is particularly fond of defending clients against improper police conduct in jurisdictions where such conduct is rarely challenged. His clients range from the very rich to the most disadvantaged members of our society, and he is extremely proud to receive referrals from most of the varied ethnic communities in the Greater Toronto Area.

His opinions on the criminal justice system regularly appear in the The Star.

E-mail Mr. Rusonik at or telephone him at (416) 410-4811 or text him at (416) 460-0097.

*Mr. Rusonik refers sexual misconduct offences, domestic assault charges and driving while impaired charges to his other partners who concentrate on the special knowledge and processes required for defences to these charges.

Lisa Labelle

Lisa Labelle

Mr. Rusonik’s Articling Student.

Ms. Labelle has an Honours Batchelor of Arts in criminology (minoring in criminal psychology), a degree in law (focusing on criminal law and graduating with Distinction) and her Masters of Law from Queen's University. She focused at Queens on criminal evidence law and the application of the Corbett principle to racial minority defendants.

Ms. Labelle has a strong desire to focus her career on advocating for equality and equity in the criminal justice system, working with and protecting clients from racial minority communities. She is fond of working on matters involving clients' rights as protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, cases involving police misconduct, and on allegations based on the execution of search warrants.