A Message from Adrian Cleaver

Thank you for visiting my website. I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with some information about myself and my law practice.

Over Twenty Years' Experience

I have been practicing law here in Renfrew County since 1993. I am a graduate of Carleton University and the University of Ottawa Law School. I am past president of the Renfrew County Law Association and of the Renfrew County Defence Lawyers Association. I am currently a member of the Criminal Lawyers' Association and the Ontario Bar Association. I act as a part-time Crown Attorney for the Ministry of the Attorney General and do prosecutions of commercial vehicle infractions for the Ministry of Transportation.

My practice includes criminal law, family law and residential real estate. I appear in courts in Pembroke, Renfrew and Killaloe.

My criminal defence practice includes representation for all types of criminal charges including impaired driving, assaults, property offences, sexual offences, offences under the Youth Criminal Justice Act and drug offences.

Family Practice

My family practice is limited to cases involving custody, access and support payments. This means that I generally will not act on matters involving disputes over property, such as pensions and matrimonial homes. I do not do work in the Family and Children’s Services Court.

I act for residential real estate clients in purchases, sales and mortgages. This includes undertaking files for military members with Brookfield Global Relocation Services. I am pleased to offer a range of payment options for my clients including credit card and debit card payments. I also accept files through the JusticeNet program that offers reduced fees to eligible applicants to that program who don’t qualify for Legal Aid, but who can’t afford the escalating costs of court action.

Partial Retainer

Finally I am part of the recent movement in the legal profession to “unbundle” legal services. What this means is that I am prepared to accept limited retainers in cases where someone either doesn’t need, or can’t afford, full representation in a legal proceeding. Here is an example: suppose you are charged with a Provincial Offences Act offence that carries a fine of $500 as a maximum punishment. It makes little sense to pay a lawyer $1000 or more to take the matter to trial for you. But if you wish to get an opinion on the merits of your case I would accept a limited retainer from you and provide advice on your case.

If you have any questions about my law firm please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or e-mail.

Professional Affiliations


  • Criminal Law
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Impaired Driving Cases
  • Military Relocation Specialist
  • Custody, Access & Support Cases
  • Assaults
  • Theft & Fraud

Contact Us


595 Pembroke St E,

Pembroke, ON, K8A 6Y6


Main 613‑732‑1377

Fax 613‑732‑3889

Business Hours

Monday - Friday 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM

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