Melanie Webb, founder and principal of the Toronto firm Melanie J. Webb, Barrister, focuses on criminal law.
She graduated from McMaster University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a diploma in music performance, before earning a Master of Arts in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2004 and a Doctor of Law from the University of Toronto in 2007. Ms. Webb was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008.
With a practice primarily devoted to criminal law at the trial and appellate levels, Ms. Webb also represents clients on regulatory, disciplinary and extradition matters.
She handles the most serious offences in the Criminal Code and has represented clients on murder, criminal organization, and large-scale drug prosecutions.
Ms. Webb has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, as well as out of province and before various tribunals and commissions including the Ontario Securities Commission, the Law Society of Ontario, the Toronto Police Service Tribunal, the Ontario Civilian Police Commission, the License Appeal Tribunal, and the Ontario Review Board.
She has chaired continuing professional development programs for the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and has been an invited speaker at professional and educational events. Since 2013, Ms. Webb has served as an executive member of the OBA, Criminal Justice Section, and presently fills the office of vice-chair. She is also a long-standing member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.
In addition to her legal work, Ms. Webb sits on the board of directors of Breakaway Addiction Services, a non-profit organization that works to enhance the health of people with addiction issues.