Jordana Goldlist

Jordana Goldlist
JHG Criminal Law
Principal
Criminal

Jordana Goldlist, sole practitioner with JHG Criminal Law in Toronto, focuses on criminal law.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in philosophy from York University in 2004, before earning her Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008.

Ms. Goldlist began her legal career as a civil litigator, focused on corporate commercial disputes, including fraud, misappropriation of funds and breach of trust claims, but now she practises criminal law exclusively.

She assists clients charged with a range of offences, including murder and manslaughter, armed robbery, as well as firearms and drug charges.

Outside of her legal work, Ms. Goldlist is a youth mentor with Covenant House shelter, a speaker and moderator at Grant House Addictions Treatment Centre and a former board member of Street Haven women’s shelter.

She is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Toronto Lawyers Association.

Jordana Goldlist In The News
Solitary confinement ruling a 'turning point'

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision banning solitary confinement for longer than 15 days is a step in the right direction but more should be done for young people and the mentally ill, Toronto criminal lawyer  Jordana Goldlist  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Treating someone as a criminal perpetuates vicious circle of crime: Goldlist

Society’s branding of someone as a criminal becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy because offenders seldom get second chances, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist . Read more

Sentence for McArthur means he'll never be freed: Goldlist

TORONTO — Toronto's police chief says the sentence handed down Friday to serial killer Bruce McArthur means the man will never see daylight again. Read more

Reasons behind serial killings may never be known: Goldlist

It’s unlikely that confessed serial killer Bruce McArthur will ever be freed from prison even if his eight sentences run concurrently, Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist tells the  CBC . Read more

Goldlist draws strength from past turmoil in mentoring at-risk youth

Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist is mentoring young women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence, helping them overcome and even draw strength from their adversity. Read more

Consider plea negotiations after all other options exhausted: Goldlist

Lawyers should enter into plea negotiations only as a last resort, Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist  says, pointing to a high-profile murder case in which her client had the charge against him reduced, netting him an immediate release from custody. Read more

Goldlist and Zero-Gun Violence Movement connect to find solutions

Toronto criminal lawyer  Jordana Goldlist is drawing on her experience as trial counsel and firearms owner to work with a group trying to end the city’s gun violence. Read more

Approachability makes for good client relationships: Goldlist

One of the keys to being a good defence lawyer is being approachable to clients, says Toronto defence lawyer Jordana Goldlist . Read more

Low threshold for legal aid blocks access to justice in serious cases

An artificially low-income threshold prevents many people charged with serious criminal offences from getting affordable justice, says Toronto defence lawyer Jordana Goldlist . Read more

Solving the gun problem starts with kids: Goldlist

The answer to quelling Toronto’s gun epidemic isn’t more policing but getting the attention of children in impoverished neighbourhoods, says Toronto defence lawyer Jordana Goldlist . Read more

System failings keep criminal lawyers awake at night

When Toronto criminal lawyer  Jordana Goldlist finds herself being asked what she does for a living, she readies herself for the same inevitable question: ‘How do you sleep at night?’ Read more

Lawyer uses her experience on the street to inspire youth

Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist is drawing on her past experiences as a street youth to teach life skills to homeless and marginalized young people.   Read more

Schools and the drug crisis

Canada’s largest school board should do more than just order naloxone kits if it believes students are in danger of overdosing on opioids, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist .  Read more

Transgender inmates and their safety

OTTAWA — The federal prison system is changing the way it treats transgender inmates, who will now be placed in a men's or women's facility based on how they self-identify. Read more

Why do some murders get more attention?

The intense media and police focus on the suspicious deaths of billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman contrasts sharply with the fleeting attention given to those that occur in marginalized communities, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist .  Read more

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