Jordana Goldlist

Jordana Goldlist
JHG Criminal Law

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
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 ... 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 ... 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 . “It’s important for a client to ... 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 ... 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 ... 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.   The ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read more

Fentanyl: a crisis with far-reaching consequences

Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist says the Canadian government needs to do more to regulate the prescription of fentanyl that's causing a growing number of users to ... Read more

Man acquitted of murder, sentenced 22 months for manslaughter

A Niagara Falls man who stood trial for first-degree murder was convicted of the lesser and included charge of manslaughter after Toronto criminal lawyer  Jordana Goldlist ... Read more

Bail, probation and parole systems in need of overhaul: Goldlist

Canada’s bail, probation and parole systems are keeping vulnerable offenders trapped in a revolving door, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist .  ... Read more

Use prison segregation sparingly: Goldlist

Solitary confinement in prisons should be used as a problem-solving or assessment tool rather than as punishment, says Toronto criminal lawyer  Jordana ... Read more

Video series showcases success stories after incarceration: Goldlist

Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist  has launched a video project to demonstrate how people who have been behind bars can reintegrate into society if given the ... Read more

Roadside drug-screening devices raise many questions

A pilot project to test roadside drug-screening devices highlights questions around the invasiveness and constitutionality of the test, and the circumstances under which police ... Read more

Low-income accused too often the focus of budget cuts

A third-party review of Legal Aid Ontario finances that found LAO “will require significant support to enable it to meet its targets” isn’t surprising, but fails ... Read more

Continued prosecution of pot offences 'massive waste of tax dollars'

OTTAWA — The federal plan to legalize recreational marijuana does not include the general amnesty for past pot convictions some would like to see, says Public Safety ... Read more

Tougher sentences failing to curb fentanyl trade

Although the British Columbia Court of Appeal recently spoke in favour of stricter sentences for fentanyl dealers in light of the current rise in deaths due to the drug, Toronto ... Read more

Treating substance abuse as a disability could do more harm

Growing legal pressure on employers to treat substance abuse as a disability could do more harm than good by devaluing the role that free will plays in overcoming addiction, says ... Read more

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