ABOUT ORLANDO DA SILVA:
Orlando Da Silva has been a high profile trial lawyer for 23 years. He started practice at one of Canada’s largest law firms. After being invited to join the partnership of the firm, and serving several years in that capacity, he moved to the Ministry of the Attorney General where he led the Corporate Litigation team. He now handles high profile cases including multi-billion dollar Indigenous rights, treaty, and land claims and, more recently, criminal prosecutions in one of the country’s busiest courts.
Orlando is a former president of the Ontario Bar Association, which represents 17,000 lawyers in the province. During his term, Orlando led the profession across Canada in an anti-stigma campaign by implementing education programs and speaking publicly about his own suicide attempt, how he survived, and how, despite his illness, he’s led a successful and rewarding life. His message has reached over 6 million people.
For his efforts, Orlando has been named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada. He was awarded the Law Society of Ontario’s highest award, the Law Society Medal as well as the Ontario Bar Association’s highest honour, the Distinguished Service Award. In 2016, CAMH honoured Orlando with the bi-annual Transforming Lives Award.