Joseph Neuberger

Joseph Neuberger
FIRM:
Neuberger & Partners LLP
POSITION:
Principal
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Criminal Law
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Joseph Neuberger, senior partner with Neuberger & Partners LLP in Toronto, is certified as a Specialist in Criminal Law by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) with more than two decades of criminal trial experience.

He earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from York University’s Osgoode Hall in 1991 and was called to the bar in 1993 — the same year he launched Neuberger & Partners LLP. He went on to earn a Master of Laws degree, with a specialty in criminal law, from Osgoode Hall.

Mr. Neuberger has appeared in courts across Ontario, and in other provinces, for high-profile sexual assault, domestic assault, Internet luring and homicide cases. He often appears for clients facing charges arising from high-conflict separation and divorce proceedings, or other interpersonal relationships.

He has successfully defended more than 800 sexual and domestic-related cases.

Mr. Neuberger frequently appears for members of the teaching and medical professions facing serious allegations before discipline tribunals, acts for police and government agencies at public inquiries, coroners’ inquests and prosecutions under provincial legislation. He was lead counsel for the Province of Ontario at the Cornwall Public Inquiry into historical allegations of sexual abuse in the community.

He has extensive experience with criminal matters involving mental health issues. He was appointed in 2002 to the Ontario Review Board — which has jurisdiction over individuals found by a court to be either unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder — as a legal member and Alternate Chairperson.

He is an instructor of the criminal section of the LSO’s Bar Admission Course. Mr. Neuberger has also been a guest lecturer, panel member and instructor, as well as designed programs about the various fundamentals of practising criminal law, including the intricacies of cross-examining witnesses and handling unique issues before a jury in sexual assault cases, the complex nature of domestic assault cases, conducting a successful bail hearing, and effective handling of forensic, psychiatric and scientific testimony.

Mr. Neuberger is a member of the Advocates' Society, Toronto Criminal Lawyers' Association, American Trial Lawyers’ Association and Toronto Lawyers Association, where he’s held several roles including president, trustee, and member of the executive board. He has been co-chair and program author for The Advocates' Society (Toronto), Criminal Litigation Skills Certificate Program since 2002.

He wrote the book, Assessing Dangerousness: Guide to the Dangerous Offender Application Process, and is a past editor-in-chief of the Toronto Law Journal, an online law journal published by the Toronto Lawyers Association.

Joseph Neuberger Posts

NEW Chalk one up in the fight against hunger

Neuberger & Partners LLP, Hull & Hull LLP, and the Toronto Lawyers Association will host an annual fundraising event in support of the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program in November. Read more

How changes to the Criminal Code may affect your sex assault trial

By Joseph Neuberger If you have been charged with sexual assault, it is of the utmost importance that you and your lawyer lay out a coherent defence theory and obtain all necessary evidence to marshal your defence. Read more

Banning of CBD user at U.S. border ‘ridiculous’: Neuberger

Canadians must heed warnings that even though marijuana products are legal in many states, taking them across the U.S. border is not, says Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger. Read more

Attack on right to make full answer and defence in sex assault trials

By Joseph Neuberger Growing public and media attention on the way sexual assault trials are conducted has increased the scrutiny upon defence lawyers and how these trials are conducted, with a focus on the way a complainant experiences the trial process. Read more

SCC dissenting voices speak volumes in sexual assault case

It’s significant that the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) found a trial judge erred in not allowing a line of questioning surrounding the pregnancy of the complainant in a sexual assault case, says Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger. Read more

New (and arguably absurd) drinking and driving offences

By Joseph Neuberger and Christopher K. Assié The new amendments to the Criminal Code have changed the drinking and driving landscape significantly. Read more

Joseph Neuberger's media roundup

Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger is frequently called upon by the media to be a trusted source for their news stories, particularly for his focus on criminal law matters. Read more

Supreme Court of Canada clarifies use of prior sexual activity

By Joseph Neuberger In a recent precedent-setting case out of Alberta, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned a manslaughter acquittal and ordered a new trial due to the Crown’s failure to be alert to the issue of the victim’s privacy regarding her sexual history. Read more

What you need to know about impaired driving charges in 2019

By Joseph Neuberger Recent changes to the impaired driving laws by the federal government developed to combat drinking and driving offences and the impact of legalizing cannabis, the laws surrounding impaired driving in Canada changed on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Read more

University tribunals are no substitute for courts

By Joseph Neuberger . The growing concern to address sexual assault allegations on university campuses has resulted in a new vigilance to investigate and litigate allegations against students and faculty with little to no protection of the accused person’s fundamental rights. Increasingly, students and faculty members accused of sexual misconduct, even absent criminal charges, are being forced to participate in pseudo-trials designed by universities. Read more

Identification evidence is all about reliability: Neuberger

Juries must be very careful when assessing the reliability of eyewitness evidence, as there is a very good chance it is incorrect, says Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger. Read more

Rape shield amendments interfere with access to justice

A recent case illustrates how amendments to the rape shield provisions of the Criminal Code have “thrown criminal litigation into insane disarray,” says Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger. Read more

SCC ruling makes child-luring laws 'fairer to accused'

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has taken an important step forward in striking down a section of the internet child-luring law that presumed defendants guilty unless proved otherwise, Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Troubling legislation results from 'knee-jerk' reactions

Hashtag activism and the government’s reaction to it have led to bad law, particularly the elimination of peremptory jury challenges, the reduction in preliminary inquiries, and the curtailing of defence rights in sexual assault trials, Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Know your rights: Neuberger

By Joseph Neuberger . Being arrested, detained or charged with a crime can leave you feeling scared and vulnerable. It’s important to remember that in a situation like this, you still have rights. Read more