AREAS OF PRACTICE

Criminal Defence

Representing those under criminal investigation and charged with offences ranging from mischief to murder.  Our prominent goal in any file is to achieve the best result for our client.  We defend those involved in complex and serious matters such as sexual assault, drugs, and homicide as well as those with matters that are divertible.  Regardless of complexity level, our firm will help you through this daunting process.  

Corporate Liability Mitigation

 A successful lawyer is one who keeps their client out of the court room.  Laurelly has diversified her practice by using her trial skills to protect her corporate clients and mitigate their liability.   Success has been achieved through lengthy experience as in-house corporate counsel .  We offer services to companies including:  Corporate Liability Mitigation, Contracts, Governance, and Privacy. Current clients throughout Canada include not-for profit, small to medium sized companies, and First Nations Bands.  Our contract management system has been implemented in various companies and was presented at the National Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (“CCCA”) Spring Conference 2013.  

 

TRIAL PREPARATION

The most effective submissions come to Laurelly during her “free” time while she trains for marathons. She has completed 7 marathons including 3 Boston Marathon’s and most recently running in the Tokyo Marathon, 2019.  She has earned 4 out of 6  World Major Marathon stars.  

ACADEMIC

  • University of Winnipeg 2001-2003. Achieved Bachelor of Arts with Double Major: Politics, Justice & Law Enforcement. Highest grade point average 4.0 produced
  • University of Manitoba 2003-2006 Achieved LLB Degree.
  • Law Society of Upper Canada 2007-present. Called to the bar in Ontario. Member in good standing.
  • Law Society of British Columbia (“BC”) 2010-present. Called to the bar in BC. Member in good standing.

 

Professional Associations

  • Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). 
  • Chair of the CLE Committee for the Kenora District Law Association 2007-2010.
  • Canadian Bar Association 2007-present. Member. Contributed to Equal Justice Report. Chair of Law Week Committee (Access to Justice, BC Branch 2013-2014).
  • Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (“CCCA”) 2010-present. Member. Advocacy Committee Member.
  • Professional Development Committee Member. Financial Literacy sub-committee Member.
  • Criminal Lawyer’s Association 2015-present.

 

ABOUT LAURELLY

With more than 11 years’ of experience, Laurelly has extensive knowledge of the Canadian legal system. She shares an office in Toronto with her mentor John Rosen, one of Canada’s most prolific criminal defense lawyers.  Laurelly  has defended those charged with a range of crimes from the complex and serious such as drugs, sexual assault and homicides, to the minor divertible matters.  

Laurelly is a columnist for the Lawyer’s Daily, a national publication, and is also the author of over 10 CLE programs.  She is fluent in French and is a Mentor for the Ryerson Law Practice Program.  

Meet our Alumni: Laurelly Dale

Dale holds a BA with a double major in Justice and Law Enforcement and Politics.  

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ABOUT LAURELLY

With more than 11 years of experience, Laurelly has extensive knowledge of the Canadian legal system. She shares an office in Toronto with her mentor John Rosen, one of Canada’s most prolific criminal defense lawyers.  Laurelly  has defended those charged with a range of crimes from the complex and serious such as drugs, sexual assault and homicides, to the minor divertible matters.  

Laurelly is a columnist for the Lawyer’s Daily, a national publication, and is also the author of over 10 CLE programs.  She is fluent in French and is a Mentor for the Ryerson Law Practice Program.  

Meet our Alumni: Laurelly Dale

Dale holds a BA with a double major in Justice and Law Enforcement and Politics.  

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TRIAL PREPARATION

The most effective submissions come to Laurelly during her “free” time while she trains for marathons. She has completed 7 marathons including 3 Boston Marathon’s and most recently running in the Tokyo Marathon, 2019. She has earned 4 out of 6 World Major Marathon stars.  

ACADEMIC

  • University of Winnipeg 2001-2003. Achieved Bachelor of Arts with Double Major: Politics, Justice & Law Enforcement. Highest grade point average 4.0 produced
  • University of Manitoba 2003-2006 Achieved LLB Degree.
  • Law Society of Upper Canada 2007-present. Called to the bar in Ontario. Member in good standing.
  • Law Society of British Columbia (“BC”) 2010-present. Called to the bar in BC. Member in good standing.

 

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). 
  • Chair of the CLE Committee for the Kenora District Law Association 2007-2010.
  • Canadian Bar Association 2007-present. Member. Contributed to Equal Justice Report. Chair of Law Week Committee (Access to Justice, BC Branch 2013-2014).
  • Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (“CCCA”) 2010-present. Member. Advocacy Committee Member.
  • Professional Development Committee Member. Financial Literacy sub-committee Member.
  • Criminal Lawyer’s Association 2015-present.

 

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS

Laurelly has been counsel on numerous homicide trials, specifically at the jury level for initial jury trial of Supreme Court of Canada, Her Majesty the Queen v. Clifford Kokopenace, 2015 SCC 28,  and most recently counsel on the first degree murder case of R v. D. T. 2019 OJ (Fort Frances, ON).  The past year alone she has conducted over 200 hours of trial and preliminary inquiry time in court including being appointed 486.3 CCC counsel for one of Canada’s longest domestic  trials in history: R v. Safdar et al ONSC 2018 OSC No. 6328. Laurelly has extensive experience as counsel for those charged with drug and firearms-related offences, achieving an acquittal on R v. Prendeville & Allison OJ 2017 no. 6198 after a successful Charter application and a discharge in R v. Chan 2019 ONSC.  She has also appeared at the BC Court of Appeal in Driol v. Canadian National Railway [2011] BCCA 74 at the BC Court of Appeal.

Other notable achievements include:

  • Successful application to exclude evidence on basis of s.8 Charter violations in R v Prendeville & Allison, 2017 OCJ 0375
  • Obtained conditional discharge for Aboriginal client convicted of causing facial lacerations and bodily harm in R v Masekeyash, 2017 OCJ 160857.
  • Withdraw of charges in numerous sexual assault and sexual interference cases.
  • Counsel for co-accused Gregoire in ONSC judge alone trial, lR v Godbout et al, 2008 ONSC. Co-accused Andrew Wakeling’s extradition matter dealt with in USA v. Wakeling, 2013 BCCA 166.
  • Discharge obtained in Project Greyskull R v Chan et al 2019 OJ
  • Appointed 486.3 Counsel in Canada's longest domestic assault trial R v Safdar et al 2018 ONSC No 6328
  • Counsel at jury trial R v Kokopenace 2015 SCC No. 28

MICHAEL CASWELL

Michael cares about our clients, spending almost as much time in jail visiting them in order prepare their matters as the corrections officers working at the institutions. When not working he enjoys attending rock concerts, playing guitar and downhill skiing.  Many are still concerned about his energy drink consumption.  

ACADEMIC

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminal Justice and Public Policy at the University of Guelph; 
  • Juris Doctor, Queen’s University Faculty of Law.

 

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario; 
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; 
  • Kenora District Chamber of Commerce

 

ABOUT MICHAEL

Michael Caswell is no stranger to small towns.  He grew up in Deep River, Ontario and is based in our office located in Kenora, Ontario.  Within months of his arrival he developed a notable reputation.  His work ethic and dedication surpass many who practice on Bay St.  Michael was born with defense counsel DNA.  During law school he developed a slight addiction to energy drinks while pouring through case law.  He volunteered at Queen’s Legal Aid, providing free legal services to the Kingston community. Michael completed his articles with Legal Aid Ontario in Ottawa and practised at a criminal defence firm before moving to Kenora to join Dale Law. As an associate, Michael flies to all the courts in northwestern Ontario, including Pikangikum First Nation and even going as far as Fort Severn.  He has achieved significant success.

ABOUT MICHAEL

Michael Caswell is no stranger to small towns.  He grew up in Deep River, Ontario and is based in our office located in Kenora, Ontario.  Within months of his arrival he developed a notable reputation.  His work ethic and dedication surpass many who practice on Bay St.  Michael was born with defense counsel DNA.  During law school he developed a slight addiction to energy drinks while pouring through case law.  He volunteered at Queen’s Legal Aid, providing free legal services to the Kingston community. Michael completed his articles with Legal Aid Ontario in Ottawa and practised at a criminal defence firm before moving to Kenora to join Dale Law. As an associate, Michael flies to all the courts in northwestern Ontario, including Pikangikum First Nation and even going as far as Fort Severn.  He has achieved significant success.

MICHAEL CASWELL

Michael cares about our clients, spending almost as much time in jail visiting them in order prepare their matters as the corrections officers working at the institutions. When not working he enjoys attending rock concerts, playing guitar and downhill skiing.  Many are still concerned about his energy drink consumption.  

ACADEMIC

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminal Justice and Public Policy at the University of Guelph; 
  • Juris Doctor, Queen’s University Faculty of Law.

 

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario; 
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; 
  • Kenora District Chamber of Commerce

 

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Dale Law really helped me relieve me from my criminal charges. I felt very comfortable with this firm and the attorney I retained, Laurelly Dale. The whole process of going to court was very nerve wracking and Laurelly did a great job at bringing that to ease.

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Laurelly helped me to navigate the extremely confusing and challenging waters of contract negotiation by overlooking and re-drafting my contracts. She is hard-headed and professional. Definitely someone I’ve felt lucky to have on my side.

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