Jill R. Presser, B.A. (Hons), LL.B., was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997 after receiving her law degree from the Faculty of Law, McGill University, in 1994.
Jill’s practice is primarily devoted to trial and appellate criminal defence. She regularly appears at courts at all levels. Jill also represents clients in administrative and regulatory matters. She defends clients facing a broad range of criminal charges including serious violent crimes, drug offences, white collar offences, and domestic assaults, among others.
A substantial part of Jill’s practice is devoted to appeals. She has been counsel on a number of notable cases, including: R v Safarzadeh-Markhali (Supreme Court of Canada strikes down a section of the Truth in Sentencing Act as unconstitutional); R v Spencer (Supreme Court of Canada: decides that subscriber information in the hands of an Internet service provider is private); R v Conception (Supreme Court of Canada: dealing with treatment orders in forensic psychiatric hospitals); R v Dowholis (the Court of Appeal for Ontario held that homophobic comments by a juror created a reasonable apprehension of bias); R v Delchev (the Court of Appeal for Ontario held that the lawyer-client relationship is essential to the administration of justice, and that the Crown’s exercise of discretion is reviewable in some circumstances); R v Jack (Ontario Court of Appeal: acquittal on appeal in a robbery case for improper ID); Re Laberakis (Ontario Court of Appeal: substituted absolute discharge for disposition of Ontario Review Board).
Jill was a staff lawyer to the Hon. Stephen Goudge on the Commission of Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic pathology in Ontario. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and has also been an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall law school. She frequently contributes to continuing legal education programs for lawyers and judges organized by the National Judicial Institute, the Law Society of Upper Canada and Osgoode Hall. Jill has published a number of case comments and articles relating to issues in the criminal law. Some of these have been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada.
Jill is often appointed amicus curiae by the Court of Appeal for Ontario in appeals involving unrepresented mentally disordered appellants. She also assists the Court of Appeal for Ontario as duty counsel for unrepresented inmate and in-person appellants. Jill prosecuted criminal matters on behalf of the Attorney General of Ontario on a part-time basis from 2001-2007.
Andrew Menchynski, B.A. (Hons), J.D. has been an associate at Presser Barristers since 2014. Prior to joining the criminal defence bar, he articled and was counsel at the Crown Law Office – Criminal. He currently practices at both trial and appellate levels. Andrew also assists clients with various professional and disciplinary matters.
Andrew has argued cases before the Supreme Court of Canada and all levels of court in Ontario, as well as before the Ontario Review Board and other administrative tribunals. He has appeared as counsel on a number of noteworthy cases, including R. v. Safarzadeh-Markhali, 2016 SCC 14, R. v. Dowholis, 2016 ONCA 801, R. v. Delchev, 2015 ONCA 381, and Re Issariotis, 2014 ONCA 182. Andrew has also presented at continuing legal education conferences and taught criminal law courses as an ad hoc lecturer at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
Andrew graduated in the top 3 per cent of his class from Osgoode Hall Law School where he was the recipient of several academic awards, including prizes for highest standing in Criminal Law and the Criminal Intensive Program. While in law school, Andrew participated in oral advocacy competitions and was awarded an advocacy prize by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. Andrew’s written work has also been recognized with several academic and literary awards.
Jeff Marshman received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto in 2014 and was awarded both the Professor Alan A. Mewett Q.C. and the Michael John Eccles prizes for excellence in criminal law. Jeff clerked at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto before being called to the bar in 2015.
Jeff has represented clients in criminal trials and appeals at all levels of court in Ontario and at the Supreme Court of Canada. Jeff has guest lectured at the University of Toronto on the topic of criminal law and the criminal justice system in Canada.