Joe Wilkinson graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1999 after articling with a prestigious Toronto criminal law firm.
After his call to the bar, and for the last 24 years Mr. Wilkinson practiced exclusively in the area of criminal and quasi criminal law. He was an associate and partner at some of the most successful criminal law firms in Toronto. In 2020 he left his partnership at a mid-sized full-service Toronto firm, and started Wilkinson Legal (JSW Law Professional Corporation).
Throughout his 24 years of practice, Mr. Wilkinson has conducted numerous appeals and trials across the province in complex criminal matters including jury trials, project cases, frauds, drug prosecutions, and extraditions. Mr. Wilkinson has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada and is a frequent visitor to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Mr. Wilkinson has also appeared as duty counsel at the Court of Appeal for Ontario through the Pro bono Inmate Appeal Program, and assisted unrepresented litigants in advancing their appeals. He has been a guest cross-examiner at courses for affiants held by the RCMP concerning Part VI Criminal Code wiretap authorizations and numerous other forms of search warrants under the Criminal Code. Mr. Wilkinson has experience in defending all manner of cases, including homicides, “guns and gangs”, tax, and frauds. He has also litigated numerous issues under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, at both the trial and appellate levels. He taught the Trial Advocacy course as a sessional instructor at Queen’s University Law School.
Aditi Iyer is an associate lawyer at Wilkinson Legal.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Iyer completed her articles at another well-known criminal law firm in downtown Toronto where she worked on matters ranging from professional disciplinary cases to serious criminal offences. Ms. Iyer has experience assisting lead counsel on both trials and appeals in cases involving sexual assault, firearm offences, drug offences, and murder.
Ms. Iyer obtained her Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo where she specialized in Combinatorics and Optimization. She then completed her Juris Doctor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.
During law school, Ms. Iyer worked as a summer student at Justice for Children and Youth, where she provided legal assistance to young people and worked on a variety of files involving criminal law, housing, and immigration. Ms. Iyer worked as a research assistant and a teaching assistant where she gained familiarity with Charter protected rights and freedoms which she not only believes in but also works tirelessly to defend. Ms. Iyer was also selected to represent her school at the Wilson Moot.
Ms. Iyer approaches all cases from a place of empathy and humanity. She is committed to protecting the rights and dignity of her clients as she strives for the best outcome in every situation.
Liam Thompson is a criminal defence lawyer. He graduated from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law in 2020 and was called to the bar in 2021. During law school, he represented clients charged with criminal offences at Downtown Legal Services, assisted with a homicide appeal through the Faculty's criminal appellate externship, and was a member of the winning team at the 2020 Julius Isaac Alexander moot.
Liam began his career as a commercial litigator before deciding to devote his legal talents to the defence of the criminal accused. He has represented clients before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. He has a particular interest in defending his clients' Charter rights.
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