Neil Lawson Criminal Defence
About our practice
Neil Lawson Criminal Defence is the merger of the established criminal law practices of Brendan Neil and Sarah Lawson. Our combined experience allows us to offer quality legal representation for those charged with criminal offences. We bring experience in adult, youth, and mental health matters.
Overview And Experience
Brendan has been an active volunteer within various community legal organizations. He has been a member of the board for the Ontario Criminal Lawyers Association and Halton County Law Association, and has been a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and Oakville Chamber of Commerce. He has also spoken at numerous seminars on criminal law, and is a mentor to new criminal lawyers and youth considering entering the field of law.
Outside of work, Brendan is passionate about health, athletics and the outdoors. He enjoys playing on a weekly hockey team, and he is an avid triathlete, currently training for an Ironman in Mont Tremblant in August 2018. Brendan shares his enjoyment of scuba diving as an instructor for new and experienced divers. Brendan also has an interest in fine spirits and wine, is working on building his wine cellar and is a member of the Dillon’s Sipping Society.
Brendan Neil - BHK, JD, CS
Originally hailing from British Columbia, Brendan received a Bachelor of Human Kinetics and Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia. After being called to the bar in 2001, Brendan originally practiced law in the Vancouver area. Prior to leaving British Columbia, he was commissioned as an officer in the Canadian Forces and came to Ontario in 2005 as a lawyer for the Judge Advocate General.
Since opening a law practice in Ontario in 2005, Brendan has focused his practice on criminal law, and is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in criminal law. Brendan is an active trial lawyer and represents clients at all stages of criminal law proceedings, from bail hearings to jury trials and all stages in between.
Sarah Lawson - BSc, JD
Born and raised in Halton, Ontario, Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from McMaster University and a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University. Called to the bar in 2009, Sarah has been working exclusively as a criminal lawyer since 2012, with a particular focus on the interaction between mental health, addiction and criminal law.
Sarah has always been actively involved in the legal community, and is currently the Halton Director for the Ontario Criminal Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the Halton County Law Association, the Hamilton Law Association, and the Hamilton Criminal Lawyers Association.
Sarah balances her legal career with a commitment to health, fitness and community involvement. She enjoys challenging herself physically and has completed numerous triathlons and races, including Tough Mudder. She combines her love of travel with her love of scuba diving, and is working towards her Dive Master certification. Sarah believes it is important to give back to the community, and was a member of the board of the Welcome Inn Community Centre in Hamilton, Ontario from 2012 to 2017.
Corey Gallagher - Licensed Paralegal
Corey works out of our Milton office. As a paralegal licensed by the Law Society of Ontario, Corey makes attendances in court as well as helping to control and organize the mountain of disclosure that comes into the office every month. With previous experience as a paralegal for a standing agent with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, Corey brings with him a unique ability to review and assess disclosure, particularly what is missing from the crown file.
Work With Us
We are certified by the Law Society of Ontario as Specialists in Criminal Law