Our Board of Advisors consists of 17 experts.
Through their knowledge and experience,
our advisors assist Legal Line to enhance our public services.
* Legal Line acknowledges our founding contributors as we continue to expand.
Our Board of Advisors consists of 17 experts.
Through their knowledge and experience,
our advisors assist Legal Line to enhance our public services.
* Legal Line acknowledges our founding contributors as we continue to expand.
Called to the Bar in 1992, Antree Demakos has devoted her entire career to demystifying the law and helping Canadians obtain Access to Justice.
During her early days as a corporate lawyer, Antree had her first big insight — that a significant number of the Canadian population silently endures lives full of shame over past criminal misdeeds. Unable to clean up their records and move forward, these people suffered in silence, not knowing where to turn for help. In an effort to help these people, Antree co-founded ‘Pardons Canada’, whose purpose was to give people HOPE and to help Canadians start fresh. Over twenty years, Antree intensively and continually researched the minutiae of records creation, retention and destruction, as well as inter-bureau communications. A comprehensive set of procedures was developed and maintained, ensuring that the difficult and complex job of criminal record removal could be successfully completed. During Antree’s time as General Counsel, Pardons Canada successfully cleared 250,000 records. As a leading expert in Canadian criminal records, Antree went on to write the authoritative 300-page book, “Canadian Criminal Records and How to Start Fresh”.
In 1993 Antree Founded and continues to be the driving force behind Legal Line, a federal, non-profit organization. For 25 years, she has helped millions of people obtain free legal answers and professional referrals through her pre-recorded, 24-hour information telephone line, live telephone support and the Legalline.ca website.
Antree collaborates with over 625 volunteer lawyers and judges who help keep the legal information up-to-date and accurate. She has also received the endorsement and support of 8,000 government and agency offices across Canada, who promote Legal Line through the distribution of Legal Line flyers, and by linking to the Legal Line website.
An ongoing concern is that the vast majority of our population have been left out of traditional Access to Justice programs. Their legal issues are numerous, including — employment, tax, marriage, divorce or living common-law, children, mortgages, immigration, starting or growing a business, insurance for life, health, or property, lawsuits for breach of contract or injuries, and so forth. By removing barriers to justice and through her creativity, Antree Demakos continues to empower Canadians within the legal system.
Antree has been recognized for her achievements in facilitating Access to Justice and has been awarded four of the top legal awards.
Winner – 2018 Law Society of Ontario John Shirley Denison Award
Winner – 2017 Province of Ontario Access, Equity and Human Rights, “Constance E. Hamilton Award”
Winner – 2017 Thomson Reuters’ Zenith Award, “Celebrating Women in Law”
Winner – 2016 Thomson Reuters’ Canadian Lexpert Award, “Diversity and Inclusion”
Crown Life Insurance Company, In-House Counsel
Carson, Gross, McPherson Law Office
Antree C. Demakos Law Office, Corporate and Commercial Law
Co-Founder and General Counsel, Pardons Canada, (1993-2008)
Founder, Chief Information Officer, Legal Line (1993-present)
York University, B.A., Economics
Western University, Faculty of Law, J.D.
The Toronto Star
The Globe and Mail
Numerous local papers and radio talk shows
Ian Levine is a Canadian entrepreneur who has been innovating in the Canadian legal space since 1991.
As co-founder of Pardons Canada, Ian undertook the herculean effort of assessing the REAL effects of criminal records, and building relationships with hundreds of associations that helped people get back-on-track. After more than two decades of guiding countless Canadians to a ‘fresh start’, Ian looked up one fine day and realized that the organization he had helped create had become the recognized authority in its field.
Before long, Ian was bombarded with invitations to speak, and has since conducted over 400 presentations to all levels of government including Canadian Border Services, Continuing Education meetings for lawyers, probation officers, Toronto Police and many others. Because the purpose of Pardons was to help Canadians who had ‘paid their dues’ to get a second chance at a full life, Ian was constantly asked why he would work so hard for criminals. “Any person who did wrong, paid their dues and tried to make themselves a better person has fulfilled their punishment and is deserving of a pardon. What the community doesn’t realize is that good people continue to punish themselves with shame, and suffer needlessly for years after their court imposed sentence has ended, and that’s not right, everyone needs HOPE.”
Because the mission was to take away barriers to a decent life, including institutional barriers and inner self-limiting barriers, Ian invested heavily in each person who visited the Pardons office seeking information or help as he says… “I will never regret the time we invested in each and every person”.
Asked how many of these one-on-one, heart-to-heart sessions he conducted during his tenure as Pardons Canada Founder and Director, he answers, “Only about twenty thousand. I didn’t have the time to meet them all”.
While Pardons was being built, Ian’s partner, Antree Demakos, decided to climb another mountain. “Where is the free, comprehensive, accurate and current database of answers to all the common questions Canadians have about the law ?”, she asked. It did not exist, and so of course, Ian and Antree decided to build it. Ian reached out to the very best. Before long, 30 (and now over 710) prominent Canadian lawyers and judges had started to chip in, providing answers and questions, clarifications and advice. With Ian’s telecommunications knowledge and technical skills, Legalline.ca was cultivated into a telephone “live answer’ hot-line, and an internet online information trove.
Informix Database Software Corporation, National Telecom Manager
Pardons Canada (Pardons.com), Founder & Program Director (1993-2008)
Legal Information Ontario, Co-Founder
Legal Line Corporation, Co-Founder, VP of Strategic Alliances (1993-present)
The Toronto Star
The Globe and Mail
Numerous local papers and radio talk shows
York University, Economics
McGill University, Post Graduate Applied Business Management
Gerold practices in the areas of Corporate/Commercial, Gaming, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity. He has extensive expertise in gaming and secured financing transactions and international and cross-border transactions, acting for Canadian and foreign clients on a variety of acquisitions, divestitures, financings and joint ventures. He acts for manufacturing companies, private equity firms and gaming corporations. Gerold acts for Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, an agent of the Province of Ontario, which conducts and manages casinos and lotteries in that province. He has extensive involvement in negotiating the agreements relating to each of the casino complexes developed in the province, including the Niagara Falls and Windsor Casinos, and Casino Rama, which is located on First Nations Land.
Gerold’s corporate practice has extended into the area of public/private development projects. His experience in the public sector includes advising government agencies and Crown corporations on legislative and policy matters as well as being engaged in all aspects of government proposal calls and the related selection processes.
Specializing solely in legal marketing and business development, I have helped lawyers win more than $720 million in new business since 2001.
I work with a range of lawyers in private practice — Global to Solo — BigLaw to NewLaw — helping them claim a distinctive position in the evolving legal sector resulting in greater market share, revenue and profits.
I am best known for executing on major projects that matter: positioning lawyers, law firms and legal service providers in unique markets that target core strengths; innovative, high-profile brand campaigns that establish new markets in Canada and abroad; and, aggressive, tightly-focused business development growth strategies resulting in quality client work, significantly increased revenue, and sustained competitive advantage — all of which are built around putting clients first.
Mostly, I offer an independent mind and highly customized solutions to audacious lawyers, law firms, and legal service providers who want change.
Highly customized solutions ensure that my clients are one of one rather than one of many.
Clients say my “expertise in the legal industry, and experience with different law firms and range of practices is invaluable” and “planning, follow-through and execution of deliverables is like no other.” These traits plus “opinions that mean something” and “a quick mind and loyal to the core” have earned me a reputation of being “a recognized go-to for marketing and business development in the legal services industry.”
I am a frequent presenter at legal industry conferences, a marketing columnist with Lexpert since 2010 and LexisNexis since 2014, and write about how to thrive in the evolving legal market at heathersuttie.ca
I am a dispute resolution specialist with a background in civil litigation. Before founding Banack Resolutions Inc., I maintained a diverse commercial litigation practice for 30 years at a boutique law firm. As a certified civil litigation specialist, I acted for clients involved in commercial, real estate, construction, estates and professional insurance disputes.
During that time I also developed a robust dispute resolution practice. I am frequently appointed as mediator or arbitrator and I have experience resolving complex, multi-party disputes dealing with diverse issues. Lawyers also retain me in the unique position of settlement counsel to achieve resolutions that elude the adversarial litigators. I am committed to understanding the key issues between the parties and to assist in finding creative and practical solutions to resolve disputes.
LL.B., 1975, University of Toronto
B. Comm, 1972, McGill University
Dip. I.R., 1972, McGill University
Real Estate Law
Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Immigration
Osgoode Hall Law School
All Canadian Immigration Applications
All Canadian and US Work Visas
Mr. Mamann is the founding partner of Mamann, Sandaluk & Kingwell. Mr. Mamann was formerly employed as an Immigration Officer by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration at Toronto’s Pearson international Airport.
Law Society of Upper Canada, Member
Canadian Bar Association, Member
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
Law Society of Upper Canada
Certified as a Specialist in Immigration and in Refugee Protection Law
As a Criminal Court Judge sitting in Toronto, Ontario, a Small Claims Court Judge (12 years), and a Family Court Judge prior (22 years) , as well as lecturing at OISE for more than thirty years, I am very interested in the relationship of law and education, the impact of legislative changes, youth criminal justice, provincial and federal as well as common law decisions affecting our most precious commodity, our children. I focus additionally on the education profession, the rights/responsibilities of parents, school councils and private schools.
For almost 50 years Joel was a full-time, traditional, family law lawyer representing clients at all levels of court in Ontario. Now he operates a practice serving only people acting for themselves in a family law matter.
“A few years ago I noticed that there were more people in family court without lawyers than with – and that they weren’t getting the results that they should. At the time I was a senior partner at a downtown Toronto law firm, and chair of our firm’s family law group, charging $600/hr. to represent those who could afford me. I loved what I was doing but was ready for a change. I wanted to see if a for-profit lawyer could create, price, and deliver affordable services of value to those in court representing themselves. What would those services might be, cost, and how would they be accessed, if we looked at this from the perspective of the user/litigant – not that of the provider/lawyer.”
This eventually lead to the creation of The Family Law Coach – a for-profit practice model exclusively serving family law self-reps by providing affordable legal assistance and coaching, remotely by phone and email to be accessible by anyone from anywhere.
The service is designed to provide value from the perspective of the user/litigant – not the provider/lawyer – and is based on selling time, not tasks. The user chooses how much time they buy and defines how it’s to be used. There’s no up-front retainer and no visits to a lawyer’s office requiring time off work, child care arrangements, or difficult transportation. It’s intended to be a support for those acting for themselves and emphasizes coaching as well as legal assistance.
Our current traditional model requires a person in the court system to deliver their problem to a lawyer to deal with at a cost determined by the lawyer, which cost is never known until the lawyer delivers an account. And if the client runs out of money part way through – tough.
The Family Law Coach model keeps the client with the problem in control of their own case and supplies as much legal assistance and coaching as the client chooses. This provides specific information when needed and ongoing support and practical coaching to help the client be their most effective in representing themselves before a judge, in mediation, or in negotiations.
The Family Law Coach isn’t for everyone with a family law matter. Your best chance of success is by hiring an experienced family law lawyer to take over your case. If you can’t afford that, then consider The Family Law Coach to get the legal assistance and coaching you need to present your case in the most persuasive way you can.
Hilary Linton is a highly respected Toronto lawyer, family mediator, and family arbitrator. After litigating family and civil disputes for 14 years, she started Riverdale Mediation in 2000 which is recognized for high-quality alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services and innovative ADR training in Toronto, all over Ontario, across Canada as well as internationally.
Hilary is also the Toronto provider of court-connected family mediation and information services, managing the mediators and information and referral coordinators who serve the public in both the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice.
Riverdale Mediation has trained many hundreds of adult learners in family mediation, arbitration and parenting coordination training leading to professional designations, and also International and Civil Mediation training. Family mediator Hilary Linton and her team at Riverdale Mediation Training have designed a wide range of courses, including:
A family mediation certificate program;
Courses in family arbitration and parenting coordination;
Family law for Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) professionals;
Identifying, assessing and managing risk and power imbalance in family dispute resolution;
Mediation for civic leaders, social workers and police officers; and
Restorative justice processes for at-risk youths.
Family mediator Hilary Linton has been honoured with the inaugural James G. McLeod Professorship in Family Law at Western University Law School, and the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in ADR in 2014. She has taught many ADR courses as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, Western Law School, and Toronto Advanced Professional Education.
As President of EAP Specialist Inc., Dr. Warren Shepell consults with companies and organizations to evaluate and improve their Employee Assistance Program.
Dr. Shepell received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 and a M.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo in Industrial Psychology in 1968. He began his university education at the University of Manitoba where he graduated with a B.A. in General Psychology in 1965.
Dr. Shepell first introduced EAPs to Companies and Organizations in 1979 as President of Warren Shepell – The EAP Professionals. He was recognized by Benefits Canada as being a pioneer in EAP and was given Benefits Canada’s Silver Achievement Award. In 2002, The Benefits Industry in Canada recognized him as one of Three Wise Men for making mental health counseling and help available to millions of Canadians through their employers.
Warren Shepell – The EAP Professionals, grew to over 460 full time, and 1500 part time employees, and provided EAP services to over 2,000 companies and organizations, serving four million employees and their families.
The ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) is recognized as Canada’s preeminent alternative dispute resolution (ADR) professional organization.
Call to the Bar, Law Society of Upper Canada
Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School
Master of Laws (LL.M., ADR) Osgoode Hall Law School
Bachelor of Law (LL.B.), University of Western Ontario
Bachelor of Arts, HONOURS Hons. B.A., York University
Hebrew University, One Year Program
Anne obtained her Master of Laws in ADR from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was trained as a mediator and negotiator at the Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School and at CDR Associates in Boulder, Colorado. She served as an Instructor for the Law Society of Upper Canada Skills & Professional Responsibility Program and has taught Negotiation, Interviewing Skills and Business Law while being on the Examination Committee for Business Law on the Bar Admission Course.
Ms. Gottlieb has served 2 terms as Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section, is a former Chair of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) ADR Section, and is a member of OBA Council. She currently is an Executive Board Member of the ADR Institute of Ontario, and has extensive experience in senior leadership positions.
In her various roles, Ms Gottlieb has participated in consultations with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs respecting proposed changes to the Condominium Act and has reviewed and commented on ADR provisions for the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.
Under the auspices of the International Development Program of the Canadian Bar Association, Ms. Gottlieb traveled to Zimbabwe to deliver an introductory dispute resolution training workshop for members of the Law Society of Zimbabwe. She made a presentation to the judiciary of the High Court and Superior Court of Zimbabwe on the benefits of court connected mediation and the role of the lawyer in mediation, and met with government representative and different NGOs. Ms. Gottlieb has taught the Skills and Professional Responsibility Program as well as Interviewing Skills and Negotiation for the Law Society of Upper Canada, Bar Admission Course and has taught and sat on the Examination Committee for Corporate Law.
Anne served as an adjunct member of the teaching team for the Lawyer as Negotiator course at Osgoode Hall Law School, and has coached many mediation and negotiation students. She has supervised law school students participating in a Small Claims Court Mediation Program. As part of the Equity Program of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Ms. Gottlieb created and delivered seminars on diversity and issues of equity. The workshops were presented to a variety of organizations in an effort to develop an understanding and sensitivity to workplace and community issues surrounding discrimination.
Anne is an Member of OBA Council, an Honorary Chair of the National CBA ADR Section. She is a former Chair of both the CBA and the OBA ADR Sections and has served as Newsletter Editor for various OBA and CBA sections. She is a Board Member of the ADR Institute of Ontario, and serves on ADRIO’s regulatory and education committees.
Information Technology / Computer Law
E-Commerce / Outsourcing
Alan Gahtan practices primarily in the information technology and intellectual property law field. His practice emphasizes technology contracting, outsourcing, Internet and electronic commerce issues. As a former senior LAN Administrator and a former manager of a computer and telecommunications company, Mr. Gahtan brings strong technical expertise and business and technology industry insight to his legal practice.
In his practice, Mr. Gahtan drafts, reviews and negotiates technology-related agreements such as software licensing, software development, hardware acquisition and maintenance, consulting and professional services, database licensing, on-line services, joint venture, outsourcing, telecom (including IRUs), and provides a wide range of other services for businesses involved in the development, distribution and use of information technology, healthcare technology and intellectual property assets.
Mr. Gahtan provides advice on electronic commerce, EDI and Internet-related issues including registration and protection of domain names, electronic formation of contracts, website content review, liability, jurisdictional and infringement issues, linking, affiliate, web hosting and development agreements. He also provides advice, in consultation with litigation counsel, in disputes relating to ownership of intellectual property and infringement claims. Clients include financial and healthcare institutions, consulting firms, web developers and emerging technology firms.
LEXPERT identifies Mr. Gahtan as a leading Toronto-based lawyer in the information technology and E-commerce law fields. He has also been identified in “An International Who’s Who of Internet and E-Commerce Lawyers” (published by Law Business Research) as one of top Internet lawyers in the world, and in Lexpert / Amercian Lawyers’ ranking of the top 500 of all lawyers in Canada (and in which he is cited as one of Canada’s leading Computer/Technology lawyers).
Mr. Gahtan is frequently consulted by the media and has been interviewed on CBC’s Venture program (E-Commerce and the Law, April 2000) and the CBC National News, and quoted in The Globe & Mail, Wall Street Journal, The Toronto Star, The National Post, Law Times (Canada), The Lawyers Weekly (Canada), Canadian Lawyer, Advisor’s Edge, The National Law Journal (US), Computerworld, PC World and other publications.
Mr. Gahtan is a frequent writer, speaker and conference chair on information technology law issues. He is author of Electronic Evidence and of The Year 2000 Computer Crisis Legal Guide, and co-author of Internet Law: A Practical Guide for Legal and Business Professionals and a contributing editor of E-Commerce Law (Carswell, 2002).
Alan has also authored or co-authored contributions to numerous publications including “Overview of the Legal Framework for Electronic Commerce” in Law of International On-line Business: A Global Perspective and “Computer Technology during Trial” and “Discovery of Electronic Evidence” in The Expert: A Practitioner’s Guide.
He has contributed articles to The Lawyers Weekly (Canada), Information & Technology Law, Law Times, Hospital Quarterly, Cyberspace Lawyer and The E-Commerce Law Report.
Mr. Gahtan is also a long time columnist on technology issues for Law Times. A list of published articles is available at http://www.gahtan.com/alan/articles. Copies of more recent articles are published on Alan Gahtan’s Techlaw Blog.
Mr. Gahtan developed and taught Canada’s first computer law course at Osgoode Hall Law School (1988-1989)
Alan an instructor for OHLS’ E-Commerce Law Course (2000) and a Course Coordinator for OHLS’ E-Commerce LL.M. Course (2002)
Mr. Gahtan is also a frequent chair and presenter at conferences dealing with information technology contracting, Internet law and e-commerce. A list of select speeches and presentations is available at http://www.gahtan.com/alan/present.htm
Mr. Gahtan is the founder and past-chair of the Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Section of the Ontario Bar Association,
Past chair of the Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group (1998-1999)
A former Director of the Canadian IT/Law Association (2000-2002)
He is a member of the American Bar Association,
Canadian Bar Association,
Computer Law Association,
Law Society of Upper Canada,
State Bar of California,
and the Canadian IT/Law Association.
Alan was the first Canadian lawyer to create a web presence and currently maintains a number of technology and legal related websites.
President, Senior Editor & Co-Founder, WebNews Management
Principal Consultant, MarketingDept.Biz
Bachelor of Laws, University of New Brunswick
Bachelor of Business Administration, University of New Brunswick
Chief Marketing Officer, Holden Day Wilson
Chief Marketing Officer, Mintz & Partners
Executive Editor, Canadian Lawyer Magazine
Consulting Editor, Law Times
Consulting Editor, Labour Times
President, Update Communications
Law Columnist, CBC Midday & CTV National News
Legal Columnist, The Financial Post
Senior Vice President, Institute For International Research, Toronto
Documentary Producer & Researcher, CTV’s W-5
News Writer & Reporter, Global Television
Documentary Reporter, CBC’s The Journal & CBC’s Midday
Radio & Television Reporter, CBC
Radio & Television Reporter, CHSJ
Your Guide to Canadian Law, Co-Author, Fitzhenry Whiteside (2007)
The Journalist’s Legal Guide, First, Second, Third, Fourth & Fifth Editions, Carswell (2008)
Marketing Masters (Articles), Wiley
Solicitor-Client Relationships (Chapter), Ontario Bar Association
The Bottom Line
The Financial Post
The Globe and Mail
The National Post
Steve Benmor is one of the top divorce lawyers in Toronto. He is a recognized in the city as a divorce lawyer, family mediator, arbitrator, speaker, writer and educator. Mr. Benmor has worked as lead counsel in many divorce trials, held many leadership positions in the legal community and has been regularly interviewed on television, radio and in newspapers as an expert in Family Law. As 1 of Toronto’s 34 Certified Specialists in Family Law, as 1 of Canada’s 51 Fellows of the prestigious International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and as a Master of Laws in Family Law, Mr. Benmor’s curriculum vitae is a testament to his credentials, professional achievements, leadership posts, published papers, successful trial decisions, media interviews and many educational presentations to lawyers, mental health professionals and financial advisors.
Steve Benmor is committed to children and families. He believes that separating spouses need guidance, expertise and compassion. Most importantly, Mr. Benmor knows how important it is to find solutions to the consequences of separation – respectfully, speedily and inexpensively. After decades of helping families through hundreds of court hearings, Mr. Benmor witnessed the emotional and financial distress that his clients suffered – even when they succeeded at trial. Mr. Benmor then began referring his clients to Family Mediation as the better solution for families. Recognizing the delicate skills needed to effectively mediate the consequences of divorce, Mr. Benmor then committed himself to becoming educated, then trained and finally certified as a Family Mediator himself. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario awarded Steve Benmor his designation as a “Certified Family Mediator”. Mr. Benmor is highly skilled in negotiation, conflict resolution, domestic violence and ethics in order to assist families through the many stages of separation and divorce.
Mediating high net worth family matters or complex financial cases requires a sophisticated financial understanding and in depth knowledge of the law. Mr. Benmor has spent the last 20 years representing and settling cases for families with significant wealth and assets and, in doing so, has achieved positive and highly satisfactory results, with confidentiality and discretion.
Rotenberg, Shidlowski, Jesin
Barristers & Solicitors In Association
When people ask Robert Rotenberg what type of criminal law he and his law firm practice, he likes to say: “We do everything from shoplifting to murder.” In his lengthy career as a one of Ontario’s top criminal lawyers, Robert and his firm have done every type of case.
In the last ten years, Robert has turned much of his practice to domestic abuse charges. He defends those who have been charged, and also represents victims in need of assistance to help navigate them through the complex judicial system. Most of his cases are referrals from his vast network of family lawyers, counsellors and former satisfied clients.
Robert is deeply involved with each of his clients and prides himself by giving one-on-one, 24-hour, emergency service. He assists his clients in every possible way, and has a whole array of specialists at hand (counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, drug rehabilitation specialists, emergency counsellors, grief counsellors, etc.) who have worked with him for years and will to jump in at a moment’s notice when needed.
Robert makes every effort to avoid trials unless absolutely necessary. In the vast majority of his cases, he gets the charges withdrawn. When children are involved he always puts their interests first. Often he gets families out of crisis and when appropriate, knits the family unit back together.
Robert’s firm, Rotenberg, Shidlowski, Jesin, features three other excellent lawyers so there is always a lawyer at hand to assist. The firm offers its services at various price points but does not take legal aid clients. All of the lawyers share the same philosophy of practicing criminal law at the highest level.
Robert has always had a natural feel for criminal law. At Osgoode Hall Law School he was the head of the student criminal legal clinic. As a well-known bestselling author, he uses his excellent writing and public speaking skills to advocate effectively for his clients. He and his firm welcome any inquiries – from shoplifting to homicide – with the promise of excellent, caring, confidential and professional service.
Stephen has appeared in all the levels of criminal courts in Ontario. He has fought hard and won many difficult cases for his clients. Stephen vigorously defends the rights of his clients, and his only concern is to negotiate the most favourable result for them.
Through his decades of work in the Courts, and as a Part-time Assistant Crown Attorney (from 2005-2007), Stephen developed a relationship of mutual respect with many of the crown attorneys in the Toronto area, which is one of many factors that allow him to obtain the best possible results for his clients.
Stephen has represented clients charged with all manner of criminal offences including murder, robbery, assault, fraud, theft, drug and mental health offences.
Experienced Criminal Defence Lawyer
Over the years, Stephen has successfully defended a number of clients charged with sexual offences, including sexual assault, possession and distribution of child pornography, sexual interference, voyeurism, indecent act, and aggravated sexual assault. He has also successfully defended clients charged with spousal assault (domestic assault), and has obtained acquittals, withdrawals, and peace bonds. He has also represented many young clients charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Follow this link to read Stephen’s Client Testimonials. In a number of cases, Stephen has successfully argued that his clients’ rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms have been violated. For a recent example, follow this link to a case involving the exclusion of the finding by the police of a weapon. Representing many clients with mental health issues in the criminal courts, as well as before the Ontario Review Board, Stephen has helped many accused persons and their families get the community help and support that is so desperately hard to obtain in the Ontario Health Care System. As well as helping clients with mental health issues, Stephen has extensive experience helping clients and their families deal with substance abuse issues. Given that many accused persons and, specifically, those diagnosed with a mental illness, turn to drugs and/or alcohol to self-medicate, Stephen has forged a close relationship with many professionals- psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and substance abuse counselors- with experience in dealing with mental health, addiction, as well as other social problems.
Stephen Hebscher graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983, after completion of the Criminal Law Intensive Program. Stephen was called to the bar of Ontario in 1985, and has been practicing criminal law exclusively for over thirty-two years. His law office is located in North York, and he practices criminal law throughout Ontario. Stephen is a longstanding member of the Criminal Lawyers Association, as well as a member of the Area Committee of Legal Aid Ontario for over ten years. Stephen has successfully completed the Intoxilyzer 8000 Breath Alcohol Technician Training Course (March 1-2, 2013).
Stephen has recently (May 2015) been appointed to The Ontario Review Board as a legal member. The Ontario Review Board annually reviews the status of every person who has been found to be not criminally responsible or unfit to stand trial for criminal offences on account of a mental disorder. The Ontario Review Board is established under the Criminal Code of Canada. The Board is made up of judges, lawyers, psychiatrists, psychologists and public members. For more information on The Ontario Review Board, go to https://www.orb.on.ca.
Stephen has been volunteering for several years at Middlefield Collegiate Institute in Markham, Ontario as a guest speaker and Mock Trial Coach. The Grade 12 class is the Gold Medal winner of the Ontario Bar Association’s Mock Trial Competition. Stephen also annually volunteers as a Judge at the Ontario Bar Association-sponsored Mock Trial Competition for High School students. To see what Stephen Hebscher has to say about the latest issues of importance in criminal law, please see his most recent Twitter feeds, as well as his Blog. Follow this link to Client Testimonials to provide you with a flavour for what he could do for you or your loved-one.
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