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Address: 20 Hughson St S #700, Hamilton, ON L8N 2A1
Lawyer Firm: Collett Read LLP Criminal Lawyers
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|Dean came to the profession as a second career after two decades of success as an entrepreneur in the hospitality industry. Driven by a strong desire to help people, especially those in crisis, and a long-held passion for criminal justice, Dean attended the finest Criminal Law School in Canada, Osgoode Hall. With a clear focus as to what kind of law he wanted to practice, Dean was in the Criminal Intensive program, as well as the Innocence Project, where he was able to pursue his passion of working on cases for clients who were wrongfully convicted. In his upper years, he was also honoured to be asked to become the Dean’s Fellow for Constitutional Law.
When Dean began his career in criminal law he was a sole practitioner, but always maintained a vision of building a powerhouse firm with other like-minded and driven lawyers with a passion for criminal defence work. In 2018 Dean teamed up with his fellow Osgoode Hall Criminal Intensive Program classmate Jessica Read. Jessica left a successful stint as a crown attorney in the Hamilton Crown Attorney’s office to build the firm they began talking about years earlier as classmates.
A strong and passionate advocate for his clients, Dean prides himself on getting to know his clients as people which he believes is an integral part of advocacy. He thrives in the office environment he and Jessica have created. They spend hours each day talking about their client’s cases and the law. Dean works exclusively in criminal law and has represented clients in all areas of criminal law, including as co-counsel on a trial where his client was charged with First Degree Murder that was successfully defended in a jury trial with an Acquittal in October of 2019. Fearless in the courtroom, Dean has fought and won trials for clients charged with very serious offences.
Dean is on the Executive Board of Directors of the Hamilton Criminal Lawyers Association, and is a member of the Hamilton Law Association and the Criminal Lawyers Association, as well as a former member of the Board of Directors of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Halton. Dean is proud to have been invited to be a guest lecturer for various classes at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Collett Read LLP is a law firm that practices solely in the areas of criminal law, regulatory offences and offences under the highway traffic act. Our office is located beside the John Sopinka courthouse in Hamilton, but we represent clients in courtrooms all over southern Ontario.
We are passionate about helping our clients through what is usually the most difficult time in their lives, and we care about our clients as people.
In cases that require proving our clients’ innocence, or protecting their rights at trial, we take pride in our preparedness and we are supremely confident in our abilities on our feet, making us fearless in the courtroom. Our range of experience covers the full spectrum of criminal cases, from simple theft to first degree murder.
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