About Melanie Webb:
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 received her law degree from the University of Toronto in 2007 and was called to the bar in 2008. Previously, she graduated from McMaster University in 2002 with an Hons. B.Sc. and a Diploma in Music Performance and received her M.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2004. Having articled for noted senior counsel Alan D. Gold, and following a brief period at Legal Aid Ontario, Melanie worked as an associate for Leo Adler from 2009 to 2012. Next, she rejoined Gold’s office, where she continued practicing law from 2012 through to the end of 2016.
In-depth legal experience as Toronto-based criminal lawyer
Throughout her career as a criminal lawyer, Melanie has not only worked alongside senior counsel on challenging cases, but has also defended clients on a wide array of matters as sole counsel of record. 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 also frequently retained on sexual assault-related offences.
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 charges at trial and on appeal.
Dedicated to both THE LEGAL PROFESSION & COMMUNITY
Since 2013, Melanie has served as an executive member of the Ontario Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, and presently fills the office of Vice-Chair.
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 Criminal Justice Section on matters affecting the criminal legal community, and has also participated in drafting submissions to the government on criminal law 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.
Melanie has published a number of articles on criminal law issues and also regularly provides legal commentary at Advocate Daily. In service to the community, Melanie serves as Vice-Chair of 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.