James Mencel completed his Juris Doctor degree at Osgoode Hall Law School. He also holds an honours degree in History and Music from Queen’s University where he graduated with distinction.
James gained early experience in criminal defence at Osgoode Hall Law School while working at the Community and Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP), a primarily student-run clinic that provides free legal services to low-income individuals. As a student caseworker, and then a criminal law division leader, James successfully defended clients and obtained multiple withdrawals and acquittals for various summary offences including: assault, fraud, and drug possession. James also worked as a research assistant for Professor Frederick Zemans.
After graduating, James articled with Edward H. Royle & Partners LLP, where he gained experience working on charges ranging from simple assault to first-degree murder. Once called to the Bar, James joined the firm as an associate. His practice focuses on the defence of criminal, quasi-criminal, and traffic offences. He regularly appears before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice all throughout Southern Ontario. He has successfully defended clients charged with serious offences in both judge alone and jury trials.
James is dedicated to protecting the rights of his clients and committed to ensuring that they receive the best defence possible, from bail hearing to trial.
James can be reached at email@example.com or 416.859.6022 for immediate assistance.