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.