Laurelly Dale

Laurelly Dale

OwnerDale Law Professional CorporationFamily (Ontario)

With close to 12 years of experience, Laurelly has extensive knowledge of the Canadian criminal justice system. Operating out of two offices, she shares an office in Toronto with her mentor John Rosen, one of Canada’s most prolific criminal defense lawyers. A second office is located in her hometown of Kenora, Ontario. Laurelly has defended those charged with a range of crimes, from complex and serious crimes such as drugs, sexual assault and homicide, to minor and divertible matters.

With close to 12 years of experience, Laurelly has extensive knowledge of the Canadian criminal justice system. Operating out of two offices, she shares an office in Toronto with her mentor John Rosen, one of Canada’s most prolific criminal defense lawyers. A second office is located in her hometown of Kenora, Ontario. Laurelly has defended those charged with a range of crimes, from complex and serious crimes such as drugs, sexual assault and homicide, to minor and divertible matters. Notable achievements include working at the jury level for the Supreme Court of Canada case, R v. Kokopenace, [2015] S.C.J. No. 28. Appearing as 486.3 CCC counsel for one of Canada’s longest domestic (Muslim torture) trials in historyR v. Safdar, [2018] O.J. No. 6328 (S.C.J) and Parliamentary Testimony: Twice Laurelly has been invited by the House of Commons to provide testimony regarding Bills that would amend the Criminal Code of Canada.  The first Bill C-51 (the Ghomeshi Bill) on October 25th 2017; and the second Bill C-75, on September 24th 2018. 

Laurelly is a columnist for the national legal publication, The Lawyer’s Daily, and is the author of over 11 CPD programs.  She is fluent in French and is a mentor for the Ryerson Law Practice Program.

Education

  • University of Manitoba, LL.B., 2006
  • University of Winnipeg, B.A., 2003

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 2007
  • British Columbia, 2010

Experience

  • R v. Kokopenace, [2015] S.C.J. No. 28 (S.C.C.) (trial level)
  • Driol v. Canadian National Railway Co., [2011] B.C.J. No. 457 (C.A.)
  • R v. Safdar, [2018] O.J. No. 6328 (S.C.J.) (Canada’s longest domestic violence trial: approximately 8 weeks) (486 counsel))
  • R v. Ivall, [2011] O.J. No. 1951 (S.C.J.)
  • R v. Masakeyash, [2017] O.J. No. 4262 (C.J.)
  • R v. Prendeville & Allison, 2017 OCJ 0375
  • R v. Yeung, He, Chan, 2019 OCJ (judgement being issued)
  • Counsel for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora Branch & God’s Lake First Nations

Associations

  • Criminal Lawyer's Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Legal Aid Gladue Panel Member
  • Legal Aid Extremely Serious Matters Panel Member

Awards & Honours

  • Testimony, Parliament House of Commons, Committee on Justice and Human Rights, 42nd Parliament re: Bill C-75, September 24th 2018
  • Testimony, Parliament House of Commons, Committee on Justice and Human Rights, 42nd Parliament re: Bill C-51, October 25th 2017
  • Columnist for the Lawyer’s Daily: 2016 to present
  • Keynote speaker at University of Toronto Law School Wellness Week, February 2018
  • Law Practice Program Mentor at Ryerson University, 2018 to present