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Nicholas Charitsis B.B.A. LL.B.

Toronto Criminal Lawyer - Nicholas Charitsis

Nicholas Charitsis is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree (with distinction) from the Schulich School of Business at York University, graduating in the top 5% of his class.

Mr. Charitsis has extensive experience as a criminal defence lawyer, and has appeared in thousands of cases in the criminal courts since 2004. Mr. Charitsis has often been interviewed by major news outlets reporting on his cases, and has appeared as a guest speaker on multiple radio stations to discuss issues in criminal law ranging from Impaired Driving, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Assault charges.

Nicholas has appeared as counsel in the:

  • Ontario Court of Justice
  • Superior Court of Justice and the
  • Ontario Court of Appeal

Nicholas has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney for the Attorney General’s office at the Old City Hall, College Park, 1000 Finch, and 311 Jarvis Courthouses in Toronto.

Over the course of his practice Nicholas appeared as counsel in thousands of contested trials for impaired driving, Dangerous Driving, Failure to Provide Breath Sample, Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference, Assault, and Domestic assault charges with favourable resolutions and wins for his clients.

Mr. Charitsis does volunteer work with the Caribbean Children’s Foundation, Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, and regularly participates in the Run for Southlake Regional Health Centre.

Recently, Mr. Charitsis was appointed by the Attorney General of Ontario to become a member of the Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee.

David Goodman LL.B.

Toronto Criminal Lawyer - David Goodman

Mr. Goodman graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School where he earned his LLB (Bachelor of Law) Degree in 2005.

Thereafter, Mr. Goodman successfully completed his articles in a mid-sized criminal law firm. Upon being called to the Bar of Ontario in 2006, Mr. Goodman was employed as an associate for a mid-level criminal law office, where he immediately commenced extensive trial work.

Mr. Goodman has appeared in all levels of court in the Province of Ontario, and has successfully represented clients in charges ranging from theft under and Driving Offences to Murder. Mr. Goodman takes all charges seriously and defends his clients with a rigorous zeal.

His main priority is providing the best assistance to all those in need of a defence.

In addition to his extensive courtroom experience, Mr. Goodman has participated in High School Q & A forums and has been a guest speaker at the Superior Court of Justice, 361 University, where he has repeatedly spoken to students about his profession and current legal topics.

Jeffery Berman LL.B.

Toronto Criminal Lawyer - Jeff Berman

Jeffrey Berman is a criminal trial lawyer who has successfully litigated cases at every level of court in Ontario.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Berman has defended all types of criminal cases including murder, criminal organization offences, fraud, robbery, drug trafficking, firearms and firearms trafficking, and perjury. Mr. Berman takes a vigorous and creative approach to defending all of his clients’ interests and has extensive experience in Charter of Rights litigation.

Mr. Berman graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School where he earned his Law Degree in 2005. He articled at a Bay Street law firm before shifting to criminal law. Prior to law school, Mr. Berman graduated with an honours degree in Commerce. Since 2006, Mr. Berman has exclusively practiced criminal law.

In addition to his trial work, Mr. Berman regularly mentors articling students as well as students taking part in legal argument competitions and co-op programs.

Ali Sadro B.A.S. J.D

Toronto Criminal Lawyer Ali Sandro

Mr. Sadro is a dual-qualified lawyer admitted to practice law in the Province of Ontario and the State of Florida. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree in Florida, where he graduated in the top 2% of his class, magna cum laude.

While in law school, Mr. Sadro participated in his school’s Moot Court Honor Board and he was the President of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. During his law school career, Mr. Sadro worked as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Joel B. Toomey of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and worked in his law school’s family law and immigration law clinic.

In Florida, Mr. Sadro focused his practice in the areas of insurance coverage disputes, insurance claim presentation, bad faith matters, appeals, and commercial litigation. Upon his return to Canada, Mr. Sadro completed his Articles of Clerkship at a boutique criminal defence firm. He regularly represents clients before the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice, and various Administrative Tribunals.

Mr. Sadro earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree at York University and brings his business background into his law practice. Mr. Sadro serves as outside general counsel to small and mid-size businesses in their day-to-day operations. His clients are from a variety of industries, including artificial intelligence, food service, construction, manufacturing and financial services. They seek Mr. Sadro’s advice to promote their health and growth in a variety of corporate/commercial matters ranging from business planning and acquisitions, equity and debt financings to avoiding or resolving business disputes and other disruptions.

Mr. Sadro is passionate about the law and is a zealous advocate for his clients. He works tirelessly to achieve the best possible result for every case he takes on

Mustafa Sheikh LL.B.

Toronto Criminal Lawyer Ali Sadro

Mustafa Sheikh is a Criminal trial lawyer who practices all across Ontario. Mustafa has a talent for negotiation that results in excellent results for all his clients. Mr. Sheikh has a reputation for going above and beyond for his clients and will do everything in his power to put forward the best defence possible.

Mr. Sheikh will look to resolve your matter, but has the skill set to run a trial to expose his client’s innocence regardless if it is in front of a judge or jury.  Mr. Sheikh is versatile and you can trust him to guide and explain the criminal justice system to you in a manner that makes sense and does not overwhelm. Mr. Sheikh defends all type of offences from drug prosecutions, firearm offences, sexual assault, and all other criminal matters.

Mr. Shaikh works in association with Charitsis Law Criminal Lawyers. The team works tirelessly to help ensure that clients get the best possible outcome. No file is too small, and no file is too big for this duo.

Mustafa is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Law school and is member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Criminal Lawyers Association

Vadim Paskarou B.A (Honours), J.D.

Toronto Criminal Lawyer Vadim Paskarou

Vadim Paskarou is a graduate of Queens University, Doctor of Law (JD), and York University where he earned an Honors BA in the field of Criminology and Psychology.

Mr. Paskarou has extensive criminal law experience. After graduating from Queens University Law School he articled with the criminal defence law firm of Edward H. Royle and partners.

Soon after completing his articles, Vadim worked at the Public Prosecution Service of Canada as a federal Crown attorney at the Newmarket Court.

Mr. Paskarou currently works in association with Charitsis Law Criminal Defence Lawyers as a trial lawyer where he litigates several criminal matters, including for his own clients, at the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice throughout Toronto and the GTA.


Maurizio Tassone

Toronto Criminal Paralegal Maurizio Tassone

Maurizio Tassone works in association with Charitsis Law Criminal Lawyers.

Mr. Tassone is a licensed paralegal with over 23 years experience. He has appeared in POA court, Provincial Offences Act appeal court and criminal court successfully representing clients.

Mr. Tassone attended Sheridan College wherein he studied the Court and Agent Tribunal program. Mr. Tassone is Licensed with the Law Society of Ontario.

Brittainy McGillis (B.A. Hons)


Brittainy McGillis is a licensed paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario, since 2014. She graduated from Nipissing University with her Bachelor of Arts Honors in History and Sociology with focus on criminal justice. She then attended Paralegal College in Barrie, Ontario with honors and a 90% average.

Growing up in Muskoka she knew that with law being her passion and wanting to help her community that her goal would be to open a legal services firm.

After working with a senior paralegal in the Ontario Provincial Act sector. Brittainy opened McGillis Legal in 2018. Since then she has litigated cases with regards to Ontario Highway Traffic Act, Dog Owner’s Liability Act, Ministry of Natural Resources (Hunting & Fishing), Animal Welfare, Small Vessel Regulations & Fire Prevention. She is also a stand in Assistant Prosecutor (in conflict cases) for the Attorney General for Provincial Offences Act matters.

Brittany is involved in community events with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Muskoka, has worked with the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for LIke Team, and regularly participates in the annual Bracebridge Firefighter Food Drive.

Brittainy is excited to be teaming up with Charitsis Law Muskoka Criminal Lawyers to bring some more options to local defendants facing criminal charges in Muskoka & Parry Sound. She will be meeting with clients in our Huntsville satellite location.

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