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Criminal Defence Law

We provide criminal defence services to our union clients and their members through an association our firm has with some of the country's leading criminal defence lawyers.  Since our clients' members can face criminal, professional regulatory and employment sanctions in relation to matters that arise in the course of their employment it is essential to have a co-ordinated and cohesive approach.  We provide that.

We are in association with the following criminal lawyers:

Breese Davies

Breese received her B.A., M.A. (Criminology) and LL.B. degrees from the University of Toronto.  She practices criminal and constitutional law at both the trial and appellate levels.  Breese has appeared at all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Breese was involved in the Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in relation to Maher Arar, the Internal Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in relation to Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad Abou-Elmaati and Muayyed Nureddin and the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario. She was counsel for the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies in the Inquest into the Death of Ashley Smith.

Breese is the Women’s Vice-President of the Criminal Lawyers Association.  She also serves as an Assistant Editor of the Canadian Rights Reporter and as co-editor of For the Defence magazine published by the Criminal Lawyers Association. 

Breese is an adjunct professor of Criminology at the University of Toronto and has taught in the professional LL.M program at Osgoode Hall Law School.  She also speaks regularly at conferences on various topics in criminal and constitutional law.

Breese has done volunteer legal work in Nigeria through Avocats sans frontiers Canada. 

Contact Information:

Breese Davies Law
171 John Street, Suite 101
Toronto, ON  M5T 1X3
Tel: 416.649.5061
Fax: 416.352.7733
Email:  bdavies@bdlaw.ca

John R. Norris

John Norris maintains a trial and appellate practice in criminal, constitutional and national security law. He is a Special Advocate for security certificate proceedings, and acts regularly for public interest groups on appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada.

John is an adjunct member of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and is an active contributor to continuing legal education. He was the Asper Centre’s Constitutional-Litigator-in-Residence for 2013.

John is a Director of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers. He is an Assistant Editor of the Canadian Rights Reporter, and has authored several scholarly articles.

In 2011, John received the Catzman Award for Professionalism and Civility in the practice of law from the Advocates’ Society.

John received his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1991 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1993.

Contact Information:

John Norris
116 Simcoe Street, Suite 100
Toronto, ON M5H 4E2
Tel: 416.596.2960
Cell: 416.419.1096
Fax: 416.596.2598
Email: john.norris@simcoechambers.com

 Louis P. Strezos

Lou is a co-author of McWilliams Canadian Criminal Evidence (5th ed.) with Mr. Justice S. Casey Hill and Professor David Tanovich. He practices criminal trial and appellate advocacy, professional regulatory work and has appeared before all levels of Court in Canada. He is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall law school. He was intervener counsel to the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (Ontario) before the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Hall (challenge to the tertiary bail ground) and R. v. Khelawon (threshold admissibility of hearsay); R. v. Craig (post criminal conviction forfeiture); Ontario v. Chatterjee (federalism challenge to Ontario’s civil remedies forfeiture act); R. v. Nixon (a case involving crown repudiation of a plea negotiation) and Ontario v. Criminal Lawyers’ Association. He also acts for First Nations as legal counsel and advisor in respect of their aboriginal and treaty rights having negotiated agreements with both government and proponents. He served as a Toronto Director of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association for 8 years as director and then the Secretary of the CLA. He was the first Chair of the CLA Legal Aid Committee that was formed upon signing of the MOU that ended the Legal Aid Boycott. He is currently a Toronto Vice President. He also sits on the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism. He is also a standing agent for acting for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. He has published articles in the Criminal Reports and has lectured on criminal law topics ranging from evidence, proceeds of crime and bail. He appears regularly before the Court of Appeal for Ontario as inmate appeal duty counsel in Toronto and Kingston. In addition, he is duty counsel at the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Lou received his BA (Hons) (University of Western Ontario, 1989), LLB (Queens University, 1992), and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1994.

Contact Information:

Louis P. Strezos & Associate
15 Bedford Rd.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2J7
Tel:  416.944.0244
Fax: 416.868.0273
Email: lps@15bedford.com

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