Colin Sheppard is dedicated to ensuring his clients are provided vigorous representation when making full answer and defence against criminal allegations. After obtaining his Juris Doctorate in 2013 from Dalhousie University, Colin was called to the bar in Newfoundland in February 2014. Currently, Colin is completing a Masters in Law (criminal specialization) at the University of Toronto, which he is scheduled to complete in September 2019. Prior to his LLM studies, Colin practiced criminal defence in Toronto for three years and in Newfoundland before that. He is a member in good standing of the Law Societies of Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador.
From the beginning of his legal career, Colin developed a passion for criminal law. He has represented numerous clients charged with serious criminal offences across Ontario in both provincial and superior courts. His experience includes defending drug offences, frauds, driving offences, firearms offences, serious assaults, arson, and was co-counsel in a homicide.
Colin continues to expand his legal expertise and advocacy skills through ongoing education. While at the University of Toronto, Colin increased his knowledge of complex areas of criminal law and its broader impacts on society. He authored a paper concerning wrongful convictions that has been accepted for publication by the Criminal Law Quarterly entitled: “The Connie Oakes Tragedy: The Same Mistakes and Still No Apology.”
Colin is a firm believer in advocating for advances in the law that enhance individuals’ liberty and autonomy rights and protect them from unwarranted state intrusions. Colin has been privileged to represent individuals charged with criminal offences and will continue to zealously advocate for clients who put their faith in him.
When Colin isn’t working, he enjoys playing guitar (he has an undergraduate degree in music performance) and listening to music. He also enjoys playing hockey, golf, and tennis, and cycling around the city.
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