Under the guidance of Criminal Law Specialist Gary J. Grill, our firm recognizes that every case and every client is unique. As advocates, our mission is to make sure that your side of the story is told from a position of strength.
Although you can always depend on our skill in the courtroom, advocacy means much more. In a very real way, your trial has already started. We know what needs to be done now.
Each case is unique, but some cases require a particularly innovative approach. Grill Barristers has experience in developing novel arguments when a case requires real creative thinking. We are known for our bold advocacy and attract clients seeking to advance the law and win the unwinnable.
Persuasive. Knowledgeable. Dedicated. These are the qualities that best describe Gary Grill and his approach to the law.
His successes in court are grounded in his thoughtful and logical approach. His reputation for honesty and legal clarity has earned him the respect of judges. His skill at cross-examination has swayed juries in the most difficult of trials. His focus and quiet confidence persuades prosecutors and the police.
Since his call to the bar in 1996, Gary has discreetly represented hundreds of people whose lives and professional reputations would have been irreparably damaged by a criminal conviction. However, when called upon, Gary also has been counsel in some of the most notorious cases in Toronto’s history. The Boxing Day shooting, the case of the Toronto 18, the C.W. Jeffries High School shooting, and the Garden Restaurant murder, to name a few, saw Gary defending unpopular clients charged with outrageous crimes in court and in the media.
Gary is an LSO certified criminal law specialist, and brings his substantial experience as counsel in complex and serious cases to every legal argument he makes. He is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where he teaches criminal procedure to upper year students and frequently lectures on criminal law, advocacy, and animal rights law.
Gary offers his clients the highest level of attention, advocacy and legal expertise.
Called to the bar in 2016, Leo Salloum has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario including the Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Whether appearing before a panel of judges, a single judge, or a jury, Leo represents his clients effectively and persuasively.
Prior to studying law, Leo worked in numerous fields including journalism, marketing and corporate ethics. He had already lived on five continents before he graduated Osgoode Hall Law School in 2015. He is also an amateur actor and participates in fundraising for Toronto’s theatre community.
At Osgoode Hall, Gary Grill was Leo's professor of Criminal Procedure. Leo's academic work was dominated by his intense study of the criminal law. Though his primary interest is criminal law, Leo's legal education included arguing both civil and criminal cases and acting as a volunteer mediator in a number of thorny and confidential matters.
Leo has protected innocent people from criminal convictions in serious cases including homicide and robbery. He has also fought and won against police who have abused their authority, crafted creative Charter arguments in emerging areas of law, and argued a statutory interpretation case that was later studied by academics of administrative law.
The approach to law that Leo takes is simultaneously cerebral and passionate. He will pursue any avenue that can advance his client’s interests and is unafraid to break new ground.
Grill Barristers speaks for you with intelligence, confidence, and dedication. While in the courtroom that often means winning the unwinnable, outside of the courtroom that means fixing the problem before it becomes one.
University Avenue Chambers is in the heart of downtown Toronto. We are close to the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Superior court of Justice, and the Federal Court. This convenient location is also ideal for clients who are in the business district and need to meet discretely with us for advice.