Criminal Lawyer in Corner Brook & Happy Valley – Goose Bay, NL
If you have been charged with a Criminal Code, Controlled Drugs and Substances or regulatory offense, you need to know your rights and obligations from the moment an investigation begins. Timely advice from a knowledgeable lawyer can prevent conviction or minimize sentencing in the event of a conviction or guilty plea. At Poole Althouse, our firm has extensive knowledge and experience in criminal matters before the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. We can provide you the representation you need to ensure that your rights are protected.
James E. Merrigan, Q.C. | Partner
Jamie maintains a broad practice, ranging from Corporate and Commercial, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Personal Injury. In over 18 years of practice he has conducted a broad range of trials in matters from homicide to breach of contract and has appeared before all levels of court, including the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. Most recently, Jamie gave a presentation to the Greenspan Cohn Lecture Series at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON titled “Unreliable Confessions: Going Beyond State Actors Revisiting the ‘Mr. Big’ Ruling”.
From 2008 to 2014, Jamie served as the Chief Adjudicator for the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission. He has also served as an advisor to the Institute and Journal of Parliament and Political Law. A long-time member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), he is past chair of the National Constitutional and Human Rights Section of the CBA. He is frequently asked to assist in drafting submissions to Parliament and has represented the Canadian Bar Association on questions of constitutional and human rights law before government departments. Jamie currently serves as a Bencher with the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and is a Master and Taxing Officer of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dean A. Porter | Partner
Admitted to Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 1999, Dean practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation, with a significant portion of his practice in the area of personal injury matters. Born and raised in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Dean received his Bachelor of Laws Degree at Dalhousie University in 1998 before returning to the Island to practice. He currently sits on the Deer Lake Regional Airport Authority Board of Directors, as well as the Board of the Western Regional Hospital Foundation.
J. Annette Bennett | Partner
2000, Passed the Nova Scotia Bar Exam
2001, Admitted to Newfoundland Bar
Member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
2001 to 2004, Adjudicator for Human Rights Board of Inquiry
2003 to 2005, Vice Chair for Labour Relations Board
2005, Director, Corner Brook Economic Development Corporation