Criminal Law Defense
Mental Health Law
Consent and Capacity Board
Charlena T. Claxton B.A. LL.B., has been practicing law in Ontario since 2005. She was called to the Nova Scotia bar and the Ontario bar in 2005. She obtained her bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in 2001 and her law degree from Dalhousie University. In June 2019, she obtained her Masters in Law (LL.M.) from Osgoode Law, in Health law.
Charlena practices in the areas of criminal law, mental health law, and civil litigation. Prior to working at Claxton Law, she worked in the areas of criminal, class action, civil litigation, and short and long term disability law. She has experience representing clients at both the Provincial and Superior Court levels.
Charlena is dedicated to vigorously representing clients and helping them navigate their legal options. Most notably, during her tenure as a criminal lawyer, she assisted the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario and a self-represented accused in her capacity of amicus curiae for a lengthy and complicated murder trial.
Charlena taught at Durham College, teaching its Criminal Law, E-discovery, Administrative and Insurance Law, and Civil Litigation classes.
Charlena is the President of the Board of Director at Dr. Roz Healing Place, Women's Shelter Foundation. She represented Canada at the United Nations Conference against Racism, Xenophobia and other related Intolerances in Durban South, Africa in 2001. She was also past president of the Black Law Students Association of Canada.
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”
― Maya Angelou