My reputation means everything to me, so I know yours means everything to you. My team and I will ensure you get the best representation possible; your success is our success.
Who I am
I have practiced criminal defence since 2006, protecting clients of all backgrounds from serious charges and harmful allegations that have threatened their freedoms and livelihood. I have appeared at all levels of court in Ontario to represent my clients to the fullest extent possible. I’m not afraid to go to trial to protect your rights; when it comes to your well being there is no compromise.
I have restricted my practice exclusively to criminal defence since 2006. My prior experience in civil litigation and education is an important part of my history, but, focusing exclusively on criminal defence has allowed me and my team the opportunity to constantly refine our skills and remain on the leading edge of all new developments in criminal defence litigation. Our focused approach to criminal defence allows us to effectively represent my clients and has lead to our proven track record for high quality legal representation.
Meet The Team
Our team has achieved great successes for past clients, and we can do the same for you. Our rigorous defensive practices have your best interests in mind. Feel at ease knowing you have my team of experts working with me to protect your rights. At Ron Ellis a great defence is the standard.
Ron has practiced criminal law since 2006. Prior to that, Ron practiced civil litigation, including the prosecution and defence of professional negligence claims, at the law firm of Harrison Pensa LLP in London. Ron has extensive trial experience – appearing at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal. Prior to returning to London in 2003, Ron was a professional educator in Calgary Alberta and served as Director of Student Legal Assistance at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law.
Heather Bracken is the other lawyer on the team. Heather worked for the firm while attending law school at Western University. Having graduated and completed her Articles with the Crown Attorney, she has returned to the firm as a lawyer and is an essential part of the team. Heather and I work together on our files - which means you get two lawyers for the price of one! She and I share the steps in the process, from your first meeting with us to your trial date, we're both involved in your matter. We make a great team and work together to make sure you have the best defence possible.
Legal Assistant / Office Manager / 2011
Office manager is a very pale term to describe the many talents and skills Melissa offers to my firm and our clients. Melissa has a variety of work experience prior to beginning her work in the legal field. Since beginning her work within the legal profession, Melissa has worked with a number of high quality legal counsel – the most notable being Jeanine LeRoy, now Madame Justice LeRoy of the Ontario Court of Justice. Melissa has effectively used the experience and skills she developed under the tutelage of Justice LeRoy to help me develop one of the best criminal law firms in southern Ontario – if I do say so myself. With Melissa at the helm of the office, we have developed an effective system to ensure effective, efficient and timely legal assistance for each of our clients. When you begin to work with Melissa, you will immediately see how her experience is placed at your service to assist in obtaining the best possible outcome for you.
Jessica is the youngest member of our team. She is full of positive energy and comes to us with a background from Sheridan College (General Arts and Science), York University (Communications Program) and Fanshawe College (Public Relations and Corporate Communications). In addition, Jessica is skilled in Photoshop and enjoys Graphic Designing. Jessica uses all of her professional and creative skills to assist my clients. Jessica, with her hard-working yet fun attitude, is able to put my clients at ease. You will enjoy working with Jessica.
Laura completed her undergraduate degree at London’s Western University and Dalhousie University in Halifax. Laura worked with us as our summer student and has returned to England to complete her last year of Law School at University of York. Laura will continue to work on research and other projects remotely until she returns to Canada in June of 2017 to complete her Canadian content exams and begin her articling term here at Ron Ellis Law. You will meet Laura and experience her friendly smile and “can-do” attitude as she works with you by completing 5 Court appearances, research, and other tasks on your file.
Team of Experts
Ron Ellis Law has an extended team of experts to assist where required. From private investigation services, to forensic toxicology, to technology expertise, we are able to use the extensive knowledge of these professionals to provide you with the best defence possible.