STEPHEN P. JACK L.L.B.
I am a criminal defence lawyer in Toronto and in the surrounding jurisdictions. When you hire me to represent you on a criminal matter, you are getting a lawyer who is passionate about the law and justice, and I will advocate resolutely on your behalf to ensure you receive the best possible result.
I graduated with an L.L.B. from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Prior to opening my own criminal law practice, I worked at the law firm McMahon Raine here in Toronto. My educational background prior to attending law school was in the field of Social Work, where I completed a Master’s of Social Work at York University, a Bachelor’s of Social Work at Ryerson University, and I graduated from the Social Service Work program at Sheridan College.
My decision to become a lawyer was influenced by my passion for social justice, fairness and equality. Simply put, when you hire me as your lawyer, you are hiring a criminal defence lawyer who is dedicated to advocating for your rights, and someone who is committed to ensuring you are treated fairly, and with respect and dignity. The unique combination of experience and education in criminal law and social work provides you with a lawyer who has the advocacy and communication skills needed to represent you effectively in any criminal matter.
One aspect that makes criminal law unique is that it intersects with other social issues that impact the lives of Canadians every day. When you hire me you are getting a criminal defence lawyer who has a unique understanding and appreciation of how our criminal justice system intersect with social issues such as mental health, addiction, poverty, and cultural background and ethnicity. Prior to attending law school I enjoyed employment with a mental health agency here in Toronto, and I was also employed by the Hamilton Children’s Aid Society.
The practice of criminal law requires not only an ability to understand and apply the law to a specific set of facts, but it also requires a set of strong interpersonal skills. Criminal defence lawyers are in constant communication with clients, Assistant Crown Attorney’s, Judges, court administration staff, and police officers. A criminal defence lawyer’s ability to communicate effectively with all parties involved is essential to achieving the best possible result for each client. Through the combined experience and education in social work and the law, I have developed a unique set of communication skills that are essential to advocating successfully on your behalf, while also working effectively and professionally with all parties involved in our criminal justice system.