Meet

our Team

Jessyca Greenwood

PRINCIPAL LAWYER

EDUCATION AND PROFESIONAL DEVELOPEMNT

Jessyca has been fiercely guiding and defending clients facing allegations of wrongdoing for more than a decade. Using her expertise in criminal defence, she has litigated hundreds of trials and worked with people in crisis to offer trusted counsel and advice. Jessyca has appeared before all levels of Court in Ontario and frequently as amicus curiae to the Court.

Jessyca became an advocate for those around her at a young age. With exposure to the justice system, addictions, mental health issues and loss, she quickly learned that without an advocate by people’s side, they were left vulnerable. Jessyca wanted to be the person who fixed that. 

 

When Jessyca  was accepted to law school, she viewed it as an opportunity to learn the skills that would not only help advocate for but assist clients with life changing legal issues. During her years of study, Jessyca committed herself to learning advocacy skills by volunteering at the community legal clinic, where she represented clients in criminal, provincial offences, and before tribunals. 

 

After articling for a boutique criminal firm Jessyca started her own law firm, Greenwood Defence. She has worked on a wide range of criminal, provincial offences, professional discipline, and regulatory matters with an emphasis on representing clients with trauma, addictions, mental health and special needs.

 

Jessyca sits on a number of boards and committees, and is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. 

 
 

Leah

Shafran

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

EDUCATION AND PROFESIONAL DEVELOPEMNT

University of Western Ontario

University of Windsor

University of Detroit Mercy

 

 

 

Leah has dedicated her career to providing a strong legal defence for clients facing criminal charges. Leah is a tenacious advocate for her clients and appears regularly before the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice. She has appeared before various administrative tribunals including the Ontario Review Board, the Consent and Capacity Board, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, the National Parole Board, and the Ontario Parole Board.

 

Leah earned law degrees from both the University of Windsor (Canada) and the University of Detroit Mercy (USA). During law school, Leah gained experience at the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in Detroit, Michigan where she assisted prosecutors on sexual assault jury trials. Prior to receiving her Juris Doctor degrees, Leah obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario.

 

Leah has been working at Greenwood Defence since 2014, where she developed a passion for mental health advocacy. She is experienced with the issue of Fitness to Stand Trial and the defence of Not Criminally Responsible (NCR). Leah has taken a special interest in representing vulnerable youth charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). She has been increasingly involved with youth sentence reviews, advocating for her clients’ rights and working towards their successful reintegration into the community.

 

Leah is committed to ensuring her clients' rights are protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. She regularly brings applications opposing arbitrary detention, search and seizure without grounds, and unreasonably delayed trials.

 

Leah is a member of the York Regional Law Association.

Fiona

McNestry

ASSOCIATE

EDUCATION AND PROFESIONAL DEVELOPEMNT

University of Toronto

Western University

 

 

 

Fiona McNestry is an associate at Greenwood Defence, where she regularly appears before the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice, focused on assisting individuals with mental health issues. While her primary focus is criminal law, Fiona also practices regulatory law and appears before various administrative tribunals, including the Ontario Review Board and National Parole Board.

 

Fiona graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College with an honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Ethics. She completed her Juris Doctor at Western University, where she gained valuable experience in client advocacy as a Caseworker at Western University’s renowned Legal Aid Clinic, Community Legal Services. As a Caseworker, Fiona represented individuals charged with various summary conviction offences, as well as in child custody and access cases. While at Western, Fiona clerked at the Ontario Court of Justice in Scarborough and completed an internship with Peacebuilders International (Canada).

 

Prior to joining Greenwood Defence, Fiona worked as a summer student and completed her articles with a prominent Toronto criminal defence firm. During this time, she worked closely with senior counsel on complex trials and appeals at the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal, including extradition cases.

 
 

Jayme

Gianola

PARALEGAL

EDUCATION AND PROFESIONAL DEVELOPEMNT

University of Colorado

American University

 

 

 

Jayme holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree from American University in Washington D.C. She graduated with High Honours from the Accelerated Paralegal Program at Seneca College. 

 

Jayme completed an internship at Greenwood Defence, where she learned critical advocacy skills and worked with vulnerable clients. Her diverse background working for the courts and in social advocacy settings has provided her a unique perspective on our work. She is currently a paralegal candidate and once licenced, will work with clients before the Courts and various tribunals. 

 

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