Resume: Toronto Criminal Lawyer

CAREER HISTORY

 
June 2012 – present
Kaufman Criminal Defence
  • Represents clients before the Superior and Ontario Courts of Justice charged with offences under the Criminal Code, Youth Criminal Justice Act and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Argues applications on behalf of clients under The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  •  Victim/Witness support and assistance
 
July 2012 – present
Attorney General of Ontario
  • Per Diem Assistant Crown Attorney. Assists with criminal prosecutions at the Ontario Court of Justice on a part-time basis
 
July 2008 – May 2012
Cooper, Sandler, Kaufman & Shime, Partner
October 2001- June 2008
Cooper, Sandler & West, Associate
  • Represented clients before the Superior and Ontario Courts of Justice
  • Argued applications on behalf of clients under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Appeared on behalf of clients facing regulatory offences
  • Counsel at the Ipperwash Inquiry
 
1997 – 2001
Sole Practitioner
  • Represented clients charged with offences under the Criminal Code, Young Offenders Act and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
 
1995 – 1996
Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario: Crown Law Office (Criminal)
Student-at-law
 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Member, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Criminal Lawyers' Association, Toronto Lawyer's Association

Trustee, Toronto Lawyers Association (2002 – 2005)

Law Society of Upper Canada Presenter, the Six-Minute Criminal Defence Lawyer, "Garbage Out – Evidence In, R. v. Patrick" (2010)

Publication, "R. v. Patrick and the Reach of Information Privacy" (2010)

Law Society of Upper Canada – Participant in filmed round table discussion regarding professional responsibility issues (2009)

Speaker, Law Society of Upper Canada, "Family Law Now: When Family Law and Criminal law Collide." (2009)

Speaker, Law Society of Upper Canada – Seminar: "Withdrawal of Counsel" (2008)

Publication, "The Inconsistent Witness: Strategies for Effective Impeachment" (1997) (co-authored with Lorna Spencer) in materials prepared for the Criminal Lawyers' Association Annual Convention and Education Program "Witness for the Prosecution: Successful Impeachment Strategies". Reproduced in 2006 by the Advocate's Society for a program entitled "Evidence for Criminal Lawyers."

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Member, Board of Directors, Red Door Family Shelter (2010 – 2012)

Member, Forgirlsake Board of Directors (2005-2010)

 

Education

Mcgill Faculty of Law, National Program, Bachelor of Common Law (LL.B.) and Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) (1995)

London School of Economics, Criminal Justice Policy intensive course (August, 1993)

University of Ottawa, Hon. Bachelor of Social Science, Criminology, magna cum laude (1991)

Queen's University, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology – 1989)

 

DISTINCTIONS

McGill University Scarlett Key Award for Outstanding New Leadership and Contribution to the McGill Community (June 2005)

McGill Law Students’ Association Graduating Student Award (June 1995)

Justice Harry Batshaw Prize for Highest Standing in Foundations of Law Course (June 1992)