Joseph Neuberger

Joseph Neuberger
Neuberger & Partners LLP
Principal
Criminal

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 In The News
Will cannabis criminal records be expunged after legalization?

By Joseph Neuberger Before Oct. 16, 2018, an adult possessing 30 grams of cannabis is breaking the law. If convicted of possession, that person will have a criminal record. ... Read more

Billiards event chalks up record sum to feed the hungry

The annual Billiards with the Bar charity event celebrated its fifth anniversary in style, pocketing a record sum to feed the hungry, former Toronto Lawyers ... Read more

Stay serves setback to cops who delay right to counsel: Neuberger

Police who delay an arrested person's right to counsel have suffered another setback in Ontario Superior Court   after Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger ... Read more

Fifth Billiards with the Bar fundraiser: Lawyers Feed the Hungry marks 20 years

Fun, food and fundraising make for the perfect combination at the annual Billiards with the Bar  charity event, former Toronto Lawyers Association  (TLA) ... Read more

Will police test you for drug-impaired driving?

By Joseph Neuberger Soon, you may be asking “What is my nanogram count?” if you decide to drive after using cannabis. In June 2018, the federal government ... Read more

What to expect if police suspect you are driving on drugs

By Joseph Neuberger It is no mystery why Ontario law enforcement and safety advocates urge drivers to stay off the road after they have been using any substances that may ... 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 ... Read more

Sexual assault allegations and the presumption of innocence

By Joseph Neuberger Any criminal allegation must be proven in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt. All persons accused of an offence is innocent until proven guilty. ... Read more

Expansion of ‘rape shield’ law will lead to wrongful convictions: Neuberger

Proposed changes to Canada’s sex assault laws — that would make a complainant’s relevant sexual communications presumptively ... Read more

Bill C-51 — evidence in sexual assault cases

By Joseph Neuberger We have seen a significant shift in the criminal justice system over the past two years that has and will continue to erode the ability of an individual's ... Read more

A 13-year-old cannot be tried as an adult for murder

It’s rare — though not unheard of — for a serious charge such as first-degree murder to be laid against a 13-year-old, Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger ... Read more

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

By Joseph Neuberger According to the Government of Canada, the increasing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids has become a national public health crisis. In an ... Read more

What are your rights when you are detained or arrested: Pt. 2

By Joseph Neuberger If you have been arrested or detained by the police, it can be difficult to know where you stand. Especially for individuals with no previous history of ... Read more

What are your rights when you are detained or arrested

By Joseph Neuberger Whatever the circumstances, being arrested or detained by the police is stressful. Regardless of what lead to the situation that resulted in the arrest, ... Read more

Understanding Ontario's marijuana laws and potential changes

By Joseph Neuberger Since each province will ultimately be responsible for establishing its own rules, things could especially be confusing in cities and areas that are ... Read more

Shifting cases from Superior Court just 'optics': Neuberger

The federal government's latest plan to reduce Superior Court backlogs will just burden lower courts with a heavier workload, Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger ... Read more

Time for police to stop automatically believing victims: Neuberger

Canadian police should follow the example of their counterparts in the U.K. and stop automatically believing sexual assault complainants, Toronto criminal lawyer  Joseph ... Read more

Fraud incidents in Ontario becoming more prevalent

By Joseph Neuberger There is a new law on the books that makes it illegal to sell anything related to utilities by going door to door. The Consumer Protection Act in ... Read more

'Knee-jerk reaction' to any specific case is wrong

It’s “astonishing” and “absolutely wrong” for federal politicians to have commented about the need for justice system change after the acquittal of a ... Read more

Sexual assault cases: a shift to the civil courts

There's a growing shift towards plaintiffs using civil courts to seek redress in sexual assault claims, says Toronto criminal lawyer  Joseph Neuberger . "I think it's an ... Read more

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