| I am a Criminal Trial Lawyer based in the Halton Region of the
Greater Toronto Area I have been called as a member of the bar of the Law Society of Upper
Canada as well as the Law Society of British Columbia. As a
result of my experience and education I have been recognized
by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a
Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. Since being called to the bar I
have limited my practice to litigation and negotiation as well as providing Notary
services. Currently, I sit as a member of the Board for the Halton
County Lawyers Association as well as being a member of the
Ontario Criminal Lawyer's Association.
Since opening my practice in
Ontario I have been pleased to offer criminal
representation throughout Southern Ontario with a
concentration in the Halton, Peel, Hamilton, and Toronto
areas. These areas include the following municipalities;
Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Brampton, Mississauga,
Georgetown, Hamilton, Toronto, Waterdown, Halton Hills, and
Acton. I do not limit my practice to these areas and have
acted for clients in courts from Whitby to Kitchener and in
I have held memberships with the Ontario Trial Lawyers
Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, as well as the Oakville Chamber
of Commerce. I also ensure that I have enough time in my practice to provide services to
Legal Aid Ontario.
My practice is focussed on Criminal
In addition to my formal university schooling I have taken training in Mediation
and Alternative Dispute Resolution. In addition to my private
practice, I have presented numerous seminars on issues in
criminal law and have mentored new lawyers as they begin their
As a trial lawyer I have conducted
numerous criminal trials. My court
experience includes bail hearings, trials both with judge alone
and judge and jury, sentencing,
preliminary motions/applications, charter applications, and
My criminal trial experience has included both jury
and judge alone trials at the Provincial Court and the Superior
Court levels. Some of the charges that I have defended clients
on are as follows:
Theft, Assault, Assault causing Bodily
Harm, Assault with a Weapon, Uttering Threats, Domestic Assault,
Fraud, Possession of Stolen Property, Impaired Driving, Sexual
Assault, Arson, Mischief, Manslaughter, Attempted Murder, Sexual
Interference, Dangerous Driving, Driving While Prohibited, Fail
to Comply with Probation and Recognizance, Possession of
Weapons, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Offence),
Trafficking, Counterfeit offences, Obstruct Police Officer,
Forcible Confinement, Firearms offences, Personation, Obstruct
Justice, Escape, Criminal Negligence, and more.
My experience in defending individuals
has involved a number of high profile cases that have
necessitated dealing with all forms of media. These unique
experiences have allowed me to develop the necessary skill set
to represent the best interests of my clients in the court
system as well as in the court of public opinion.
As a criminal lawyer I have been accepted on the
Extremely Serious Matters Panel of Legal Aid
Ontario. I I regularly appear in the
Courts for Halton, Peel, Hamilton, Kitchener and Toronto serving the municipalities
of Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Mississauga, Brampton,
Georgetown, Acton, Hamilton, Waterdown, Guelph, Kitchener,
Waterloo, Cambridge, Toronto and the surrounding areas.
I received both my Bachelor of Human Kinetics and Bachelor of Law
from the University of British Columbia. After a year of articling at Feller Drysdale, one
of the pre-eminent personal injury litigation firms in Vancouver, I was called to the Bar
of the Law Society of British Columbia.
In British Columbia I also practiced in the areas of Criminal and
Family Law with my practice based in the Greater Vancouver Area.
Prior to leaving British Columbia I was commissioned as an
officer in the Canadian Forces and came to Ontario as a lawyer for the Judge Advocate
General. My role was as a legal advisor to the chain of command of the Canadian Forces on
such issues as military justice, criminal law, administrative law, contracts and general
Throughout my years of practise I have appeared before numerous
courts and tribunals while representing clients of all backgrounds and walks of life.
It has always been my approach to put myself in your situation.
This enables me to work on finding solutions to your specific problem as if it were my
own. In order to properly represent you it is vital that you are my focus. It is my
practise to be in contact with you regularly in order to keep you abreast of your case,
answer any questions you may have, and to ensure I am aware of your concerns.
You will have many reasons why your case is important to you and
it is essential that I know these reasons. When we meet we will go over your case as well
as your concerns. I will explain my understanding of the matter and ask you to confirm my
understanding. We will also go over the possible consequences of your case and what effect
they may have on you.
I am well aware that people look at things differently and that
you may regard your case much more seriously than another client. Whether your case is
serious or not depends on you and it is important that we work together in order to
achieve the best possible outcome for you.
After our first meeting you will have a clearer idea of your
situation and what the potential consequences of your case are.
In any legal matter it is important that you are kept
informed at all stages so that you are able to make decisions along the way. In this way I
provide advice in an educational manner. By listening to your needs and incorporating them
into the case strategy I am able to aggressively represent your legal interests. It is
important for you to remember that while I will give you advice and sometimes I may even
try to convince you to take a certain path you are the decision maker. I am merely a
resource for you to use in order to make the right decision for you.
It is very important that you feel comfortable with your lawyer
and that you are able to talk freely with whoever represents you. My role is to help you
get through the process that is the justice system and to guide you along the way. In
order to achieve this it is important that we treat each other with respect and dignity.
At the end of our first meeting I will ask you if you feel comfortable with me, if you are
not please tell me. I will not be offended and it is important that you bring up any
concerns that you may have at the earliest time possible. I feel so strongly about this
that if you do not feel comfortable with me and my approach you should not hire me.
While working on your case I will explore every possible strategy
and option. You will find that I am tenacious when working on your file and will do
everything in my ability to get you the result that you deserve.