Jacob Stilman

Jacob Stilman
Lo Greco Stilman LLP
Criminal Law, Regulatory

Jacob Stilman, a partner with the Toronto firm Lo Greco Stilman LLP, focuses on litigation and criminal law.

He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in political science in 1984 before earning his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1987. Mr. Stilman was called to the Ontario Bar in 1989.

With more than 26 years focusing on litigation, Mr. Stilman assists with criminal defence matters such as impaired driving, sexual assault, and issues related to the Canadian Charter. He has appeared before all levels of court including the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court, and the Court of Appeal. He also appears before administrative tribunals for disciplinary/regulatory proceedings.

In addition, Mr. Stilman has lectured on substantive and procedural law, coaches students in competitive mock trial tournaments, and is pursuing a graduate law degree in criminal law and advocacy at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Jacob Stilman Posts

SCC ruling notes problem people of colour have with police

The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision to set aside a man’s gun- and drug-related convictions because he was arbitrarily detained and searched is another reminder to police about the need to respect people’s rights, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman. Read more

'Good luck' trying to charge guillotine protesters: Stilman

Demonstrators’ use of a fake guillotine to protest planned cuts by the Ontario government should be seen more as “political theatre” than a threat to Premier Doug Ford, Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman tells the National Post . Read more

Cannabis arrest exposes flaws in new impaired driving laws

The arrest of a Nova Scotia motorist whose saliva tested positive for cannabis demonstrates an inherent flaw in Canada’s new impaired driving legislation, Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Another impaired defence goes to that 'great courtroom in the sky'

Defence lawyers will have to devise new and innovative ways to succeed for those clients charged with impaired driving, Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Five burning questions surrounding marijuana legalization in Canada

Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman has a warning for Canadians facing the brave new world of legal marijuana — having a financial interest in Canada’s cannabis industry is enough to prevent you from entering the United States. Read more

Cannabis impaired driving – new laws present new challenges

By Jacob Stilman . Unless you have been residing in a cryogenic chamber for the past two years, you know that Oct. 17, 2018 is going to be a red-letter (green-letter?) day for cannabis consumers. Read more

Success of automatism defence for sex assaults 'pretty low': Stilman

An Ontario court decision allowing the defence of automatism caused by extreme inebriation in sex assault cases does not mean it’s open season on women, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman. Read more

Concerns around gunshot-detection system need to be addressed

Privacy concerns over the City of Toronto’s plan to increase surveillance and incorporate new audio technology to detect gunfire are “a little overblown,” Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Forcillo appeal decision doesn't alter law around police force

By Jacob Stilman . On July 27, 2013, Const. James Forcillo of the Toronto Police confronted Sammy Yatim, who was armed with a knife, yelling in a threatening manner, while standing alone inside an immobile streetcar. Forcillo shot Yatim three times, striking him in the heart and severing his spine with two of the shots. Yatim fell to the floor of the streetcar mortally wounded. But Forcillo was not done. He paused for 5.5 seconds and then shot Mr. Yatim six more times. Read more

Hire a litigation lawyer in disciplinary proceedings: Stilman

For licensed professionals facing disciplinary/regulatory proceedings, it’s critical to hire litigation counsel who has extensive trial experience, Toronto lawyer Jacob Stilman tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

The intersection of criminal and family law

When serious allegations of assault, sexual assault or threatening are made in the midst of a separation or divorce, it can be a difficult obstacle for the accused to overcome when custody and access are at stake, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman. Read more

Lo Greco Stilman: a full-service firm with a community connection

Lo Greco Stilman LLP is a full-service, community-based law office located in a mixed commercial-residential neighbourhood of North York that focuses on building relationships with clients, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman. Read more

Damages awarded in sexual assault false complaint case

By Jacob Stilman . The criminal offence of sexual assault is under-reported, under-charged and, when prosecuted, results in a disproportionate number of acquittals and withdrawals. Read more

Man acquitted in alleged $1.7-million fraud: Stilman

A man was acquitted of charges after being accused of fraud and false pretences in a business deal involving about $1.7 million from a major Canadian bank, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman . Read more

Forensic reliability 'starting point' for drug-screening devices

While new drug-screening devices to test drivers during roadside traffic stops may work well from the standpoint of law enforcement, more needs to be done to prove their forensic reliability, Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman tells The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more