Who We Are

We are criminal trial and appeal lawyers and we aggressively defend our clients on all types of criminal, regulatory, and quasi-criminal charges.  The lawyers at Greenwood Lam LLP have over twenty years of combined experience and have successfully litigated and resolved hundreds of cases at all levels of court in Ontario.

Why choose us to represent you?  Our clients choose us because we are experienced, effective and efficient.   We practice law differently by putting our clients at the centre of everything we do.  We litigate when necessary and negotiate where possible.  But we don’t cut corners and we don’t compromise results. 

We are there for you when you need us.  

Call us at 416.686.4612

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jessyca greenwood

Jessyca Greenwood is a strong courtroom advocate, having conducted hundreds of hearings and trials. She understands what it takes to win a case, and is a persuasive negotiator where appropriate. Jessyca assists clients on wide range of matters from academic and professional misconduct to serious criminal offences. She has a focus on working with clients and families with mental health issues, addictions and special needs.

Jessyca completed her legal studies at the University of Windsor Law, and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University.

In addition to serving her clients, Jessyca is the Women's Director for the Criminal Lawyer's Association,  and the Co-Chair of the Mental Health Committee. She also volunteers as a Lawyer Supervisor with Pro Bono Students Canada, Fair Change Legal Clinic, and is an accredited Tutor for the NCA exams. Jessyca frequently guest lectures on issues involving Criminal Law and Procedure, Mental Health and Justice, and issues affecting women in the practice of law.

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Emily lam

Emily Lam is an accomplished litigator and creative problem solver. She has worked on dozens of high profile cases including police corruption, white collar crimes and homicide. Emily has unparalleled experience. She is a skilled negotiator, frequently persuading prosecutors to withdraw serious charges and resolve cases in her clients' favour without a trial.

Emily spent nearly a decade with one of Canada's greatest criminal lawyers, John Rosen. She was a partner at Rosen Naster LLP before partnering with Jessyca Greenwood to create Greenwood Lam LLP. 

Emily received her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, where she was awarded the Ronald Robertson Q.C. Memorial Tax Prize.

Before law school, Emily received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in Philosophy from the University of Toronto.  

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leah shafran

Leah Shafran is an associate at Greenwood Lam LLP. She regularly appears before tribunals and the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice. Leah has successfully defended clients before judges and juries across Ontario on a wide variety of criminal matters, including drug offences and crimes of violence.

She has also appeared before various administrative tribunals including the Ontario Review Board, Consent and Capacity Board, Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, and the Ontario Parole Board. She takes great interest in working with youth clients.

Leah graduated with law degrees in Canada and the U.S.A. from the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy. She was called to the Ontario bar after completing concurrent articles for Greenwood Defence Law and Lydia Riva Law. 

Prior to law school, Leah earned an Honours Bachelor's degree from the University of Western Ontario.  

What We Do

Criminal  Trials and Appeals

We defend individuals in all levels of court in Ontario, both at trial and on appeal.  We have successfully defended hundreds of charges under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, from possession and trafficking of drugs or firearms, to sexual assault to murder.  We take each and every case seriously, no matter what the charge, because the outcome always matters to our clients. 

From the moment we begin to represent our clients, their best interests are always at the forefront of what we do and we work hard to ensure the best possible outcome, at the earliest possible stage of the proceedings.   

We also regularly provide legal advice and representation to witnesses, complainants and people who are under investigation by the police. 


We represent individuals and corporations who are being investigated or who have been charged in regulatory matters involving the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Securities Act and other municipal, provincial or federal legislation.  We have appeared before various administrative boards and tribunals, as well as before all levels of court in Ontario in these types of matters. 

We understand the interests and issues that are at stake and strategically handle each and every case to achieve the best possible result for our clients.   

Mental Health Proceedings

We have an expertise in mental health proceedings, both in criminal and civil contexts.  We appear frequently before the Consent and Capacity Board, Ontario Review Board and in Mental Health Court and have developed an established reputation in these forums.  

Discipline and Professional Misconduct

We represent professionals in allegations of misconduct or other violations of the regulatory standards associated with their profession.  We strive to resolve cases without the need for a disciplinary hearing. In cases where resolution is not possible, we are prepared to vigorously defend our clients to protect their reputation and their practice.  

Interested in working together? Contact us.


65 Queen Street West, Suite 1240
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M5
t: 416.686.4612
f: 416.362.3612