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Partners

Jennifer Penman
Partner

Jennifer Penman received her law degree from Dalhousie University in 1996, and her Masters of Laws, Criminal from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2005....

Dirk Derstine
Partner

Dirk Derstine was called to the bar in 1993 and has dedicated his career to providing a strong defence to those charged with very...

Associates

Stephen White
Associate

Stephen White has practiced as a trial lawyer for over 25 years.  His passion for truth and his hatred of injustice make him a...

David Parry
ASSOCIATE

David represents people on many types of charges including sexual assault, human trafficking, extradition, robbery, drug and gun offences, dangerous offender applications

Tania Bariteau
ASSOCIATE

Tania Bariteau is an associate at Derstine Penman, where her practice focuses on criminal litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Since joining the...

Renee Gregor
ASSOCIATE

Renée Gregor was born and raised in Northern Ontario. After obtaining her Honours degree at McMaster University, she went on to complete her Master’s...

David Gildiner
ASSOCIATE

David Gildiner’s practice focuses on criminal litigation. He defends against all types of criminal charges in the Toronto region and beyond. David represents individual

Adam Philip Newman
ASSOCIATE

Adam Philip Newman received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree with Honours in Philosophy from Queen’s University before completing his law degree at the University...

Jordyn Benatar
Associate

Jordyn Benatar is an associate at Derstine Penman, where her practice focuses on criminal litigation at the trial and appellate levels. She represents individuals...

Geoff Haskell
ASSOCIATE

Geoff Haskell is an associate lawyer at Derstine Penman.  Geoff received his Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Ottawa in 2016 and was...

Articling Students

Keiisha Pillai
Articling Student

Keiisha Pillai first became interested in criminal law when living in Texas, where she worked with death penalty defence lawyers who specialized in capital...

Tamar Bitton
Articling Student

Tamar Bitton was a summer student at Derstine Penman Criminal Lawyers in 2017 and is thrilled to return to complete her articles. Tamar’s passion...

Allison Lee
Articling Student

Allison is currently an articling student at Derstine Penman.  She initially joined the firm as a summer student in 2016 while completing her law...