My entire career as a lawyer has been dedicated to criminal defence law, and related fields.
I graduated from Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 1990. My articling year was at the Crown Law Office – Criminal, which is the appeals division of the Office of the Attorney General – Ontario. I was called to the bar in 1992, and I opened a criminal law practice that same year. For the next two years, I defended clients in the Toronto courts, including conducting bail hearings and representation on appeal.
I returned to Kingston in 1994, when I accepted a position with Queen’s University’s Correctional Law Project, a legal aid clinic at the Faculty of Law (now known as Queen’s Prison Law Clinic). With the help of law students, the clinic provides representation and legal assistance to penitentiary inmates. In addition to teaching and supervising Queen’s law students, I maintained my own caseload, personally representing clients with a variety of matters, including more than 50 Court of Appeal cases, and hundreds of parole hearings.
In 2015, after two decades at Queen’s University, I returned to private practice. My focus remains criminal defence. This includes appeals, Ontario Review Board hearings, and parole hearings. Starting 2015, I also represent clients before the Treatment Consent and Capacity Board, the tribunal that hears challenges to involuntary hospitalization, or a finding of decision-making incapacity.
As a respected professional, I have presented at judges’ education conferences and continuing legal education programs for fellow lawyers.
In addition to membership with the Law Society of Ontario, I am the treasurer of the Kingston Criminal Defence Lawyers’ Association, and a longstanding member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.
I will defend you against criminal charges. I will help you reverse a wrongful conviction or reduce an unfair sentence. I can guide you towards parole, including preparation and direct advocacy on your behalf. I can help you regain your freedom to leave the hospital, and your right to make your own medical decisions.
All contacts are confidential, and, if suitable, a 30-minute meeting, free of charge, can be arranged. Legal Aid retainers are usually accepted.