Jordana Goldlist

Jordana Goldlist
JHG Criminal Law
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 Posts

Justice system must accept reality of opioid crisis: Goldlist

The opioid crisis gripping this continent stretches from the hands of dealers to the arms of addicts — and to the pockets of the manufacturers, Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

All legal gun owners must learn to deal with stereotypes

Shooting can be an empowering sport for women, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist, who is a licensed firearm owner, sport shooter and gun collector outside of her practice, a significant portion of which involves defending people charged with firearms offences. Read more

Detailed factum leads to drug charges being withdrawn

Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist knows first-hand it pays to write a detailed factum for Charter applications — that's how she recently secured the withdrawal of charges against her client. Read more

Illegal police strip searches a ‘regular occurrence’

The use of strip searches raises tough issues for the justice system as it struggles to weigh human dignity against investigative necessity, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist. Read more

Goldlist decries ‘latest attack on legal gun owners’

Targeting law-abiding citizens to change the behaviour of those who ignore the law “makes absolutely no sense,” says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist. Read more

Bans fail to address root issues behind gun violence

Handgun bans are not the solution to violent crime because they chiefly affect law-abiding citizens, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist. Read more

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 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