Melanie’s Toronto-based law practice is devoted to criminal law at the trial and appellate levels. As a tireless and committed defender, she prides herself on her dedication to her clients’ best interests. Known for her highly organized and methodical approach to cases, Melanie makes full use of all available resources to mount a vigorous defence.
Melanie has been practicing criminal law since 2008. She received her law degree from the University of Toronto in 2007, her Master’s degree in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2004, and an Hons. B.Sc. and Diploma in Music Performance from McMaster University in 2002.
Melanie practiced with senior counsel Alan Gold and Leo Adler for several years, before establishing her own practice in 2016.
In-depth legal experience as A Toronto-based criminal lawyer
Throughout her career as a criminal lawyer, Melanie has defended clients on a wide array of complex matters. Her breadth of experience includes the most serious offences in the Criminal Code at trial and appellate levels. She has represented clients on murder, criminal organization, and large-scale drug and fraud prosecutions, and is frequently retained on sexual offences. She has a particular interest in search warrant litigation and constitutional issues.
Over the past decade, Melanie has successfully argued cases at all levels of court in Ontario. She has also represented individuals in cases out of province, and before a variety of tribunals and commissions, including the Toronto Police Service Tribunal, the Ontario Civilian Police Commission, the Ontario Securities Commission, the Law Society Tribunal, and the Licence Appeal Tribunal.
Melanie is a member of Legal Aid Ontario's Extremely Serious Criminal Matters (ESM) panel, and can accept certificates for the most serious criminal offences at trial and on appeal.
Dedicated to both THE LEGAL PROFESSION & COMMUNITY
Melanie is the current Chair of the Ontario Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, and has served as an executive member since 2013.
In the course of her work for the OBA, Melanie is actively involved in organizing continuing professional development programs for defence and Crown lawyers, and has both chaired and been an invited speaker at numerous such professional and educational events. She frequently represents the OBA Criminal Justice Section on matters affecting the criminal legal community, and participates in drafting submissions to the government on legislative and policy issues. She maintains a strong commitment to mentoring junior members of the profession, and is also a long-standing member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.
In service to the community at large, Melanie also sits on the Board of Directors of Breakaway Addiction Services: a non-profit charitable organization committed to reducing harm and enhancing the health of people with addiction issues.