Patrick Brode

Lawyer, author

Patrick Brode is a Windsor lawyer and author of over a dozen books about Canadian law and crime.

Born in Windsor, Ontario, Brode studied law and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1977. He has since served as legal counsel in Windsor.

Brode has always been interested in history, and has written about topics in history and law. The Essex County Historical Society has published some of his essays including Patrick BrodeAlexander Cameron and the flowering of the County of Essex, 1853-1893, (1987) and High Victorian Windsor: Essays on Windsor and area: 1880-1895 (1994).

Brode has also written some books with legal topics. In 1985 he was a finalist for the City of Toronto Book Award for his work Sir John Beverley Robinson: Bone and Sinew of the Compact. In 1989, he wrote The Odyssey of John Anderson. This book made him a finalist for the Trillium Book Award in 1990. Other legal works were Courted and abandoned: seduction in Canadian law (2002), Death in the Queen City: Clara Ford on Trial, 1895 (2005), and Lawyers of the Southwest: a history of the Essex Law Association (2009).
In 2009, Brode wrote about criminal events in Windsor. This was The Slasher Killings: A Canadian Sex-crime Panic, 1945-1946 (2009).

In 2014, Brode turned his focus to history. His book, The River and the Land (2014) is a history of Windsor covering the early 1800’s and continuing to 1900.


  • Called to Ontario Bar in 1977.
  • Finalist for City of Toronto Book award in 1985.
  • Finalist for Trillium Award in 1990.

Sources: Patrick Brode. Web Feb. 24, 2016.