Ottawa Criminal Lawyer Richard Auger

Ottawa Criminal Lawyer Richard Auger


Ottawa Criminal Lawyer Richard Auger is the founding partner of Auger Hollingsworth. He practices criminal defence law, and represents clients at public inquiries and administrative tribunals.

Richard is perhaps best known for his significant experience working on public inquiries of national importance. He represented a key witness in the Gomery Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program, played a central role in a high-profile Computer Leasing Inquiry and represented Karlheinz Schreiber in the Oliphant Inquiry. From this experience, Richard has without question established himself as one of the country’s top public inquiry lawyers.

More regularly, Richard works on criminal defence cases. In one notable criminal defence case, Richard represented a man accused of first degree murder who was acquitted after weeks at trial. This was the first time in 7 years that an Ottawa jury acquitted a person charged with murder. There are few lawyers in Ottawa that can claim to have successfully defended someone facing murder charges.

 Richard’s impressive career started after graduating Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Common Law in 1995.  After law school, Richard honed his craft by working with some of Canada’s top criminal defence lawyers, first as an articling student at McCarthy Tétrault, and then as a lawyer with both Eddie Greenspan and Michael Edelson.

Since then, Richard has steadily forged his reputation as one of the top criminal defence lawyers in Ontario. His abilities in business and law have not gone unnoticed. Richard was recognized by the Ottawa Business Journal as one of Ottawa’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2006 and he is listed as one of Carleton University’s “Great Grads”. 

 Richard has been featured or profiled in local and national media, including in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette and Maclean’s magazine. Richard has appeared on CTV’s “Canada AM” and the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC). His exposure in the media demonstrates that he is a leading expert in his field.

 Since his call to the Ontario Bar in 1997, Richard has represented clients from all walks of life, charged with a wide range of offences. Past clients have included both millionaire businesspeople and those reliant on legal aid. He has worked on everything from murder cases to multi-million dollar frauds. Richard has successfully acted for clients at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, Federal Court and various administrative tribunals. He also works regularly as an agent for cases at the Supreme Court of Canada. At all levels, Richard’s clients have enjoyed tremendous results because of Richard’s understanding of the law and proficiency in and out of the courtroom.

Richard is well-known for his meticulous preparation, his fearsome cross-examinations and his relentless research of the law.  Court opponents know that if a point of law arises on a case, Richard will have a complete case book and detailed knowledge of the pertinent law in the area.  Richard appreciates that many cases are won by “out-preparing” the other side. These skills and abilities stem from Richard’s deep-rooted commitment to the research and understanding of the law. This commitment has manifested in several ways.          

 Perhaps most notably, Richard served as an associate editor of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 editions of Watson and McGowan’s Ontario Civil Practice, the legal reference “Bible” used by all civil litigators in Ontario.

Richard takes his responsibility to stay current with changes and evolutions in the law very seriously. He is a proud member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa, and the County of Carleton Law Association.

In addition to contributing his time and knowledge to major legal reference guides intended for use by lawyers, Richard has devoted himself to providing free legal information to the general public. He has seen firsthand that there is a void of free information, specifically on criminal defence law and processes, available to those who have been charged with a criminal offence.  He has done his part to fill the void by authoring three consumer guides, These books are available free of charge to anyone who cares to download them.

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