For any good defence lawyer the practice of law is not a job, it is a calling; a passion for standing up for people even when no one else will.
For me, that calling came early in life when, at the age of 14, I was wrongfully arrested at gunpoint. It was a case of mistaken identity, whereby a friend and I had been wrongly identified as two armed robbers. I vowed to get to know my rights, and to defend others who found themselves in similar situations.
Long before I ever represented anyone in court, I was standing up for people who would get themselves into trouble with figures of authority, whether teachers or police. Somehow, I always seemed to get along best with people who struggled to stay out of trouble.
School did not come easy to me, but through perseverance and by staying focused on my objective of becoming a criminal lawyer, I was able to get into one of Canada’s top universities and graduate with grades that were just good enough to get me into law school.
I did not clerk at the Supreme Court or article with a top Bay Street firm. Rather, I articled for one Toronto’s most experienced drinking and driving lawyers, which meant I was in court every day, learning the ins and outs of how the criminal justice system works on the ground.
My approach to the practice of law is very hands-on, and I bring to every case the same perseverance and tenacity that got me to where I am today.