Jerry Brienza

Trial Advocacy

BA(University of Waterloo), BEd(Queen’s University), MA(University of Waterloo), LLB(Queen’s University), LLM(University of Toronto)

Jerry is a long time Assistant Crown Attorney/Crown Counsel in Toronto, as well as a long time Instructor for Trial Advocacy.

Dorothy Charach

Trial Advocacy

BA Hons. (Western – 2008), JD (Osgoode – 2011), of the Bar of Ontario (2012 call)

Dorothy is a partner in the litigation group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Toronto. Her practice includes commercial litigation, professional negligence, product liability, class actions, and defamation. She has acted as counsel in both jury and judge alone trials and has appeared before several courts and tribunals, including the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Divisional Court of Ontario, the Ontario Superior Court, the Ontario Court of Justice, and the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board.

In addition to Trial Advocacy, Dorothy regularly lectures on medical negligence and has been recognized by Lexpert as a leading lawyer in the area.

Ann Marina Elias

Trial Advocacy

JD (Osgoode), of the Bar of Ontario

Ann Marina Elias is Crown Counsel at the Public Prosecution Service of Canada where she prosecutes large-scale drug and firearm cases. She routinely conducts jury trials at the Superior Court of Justice and appears before the Ontario Court of Appeal on complex legal issues. Ann Marina is the recipient of the 2022 Osgoode Alumni Award as One to Watch.

Ann Marina created the Ontario Regional Office Mentorship Program at the PPSC. As co-chair of the program, she designed and administered a Trial Advocacy Master Class. Ann Marina teaches Lawyer as Negotiator, Trial Advocacy and the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop.

Michael McKelvey

Trial Advocacy

BA (Hon) Queen’s University, LLB Queen’s University

Justice – Superior Court (Ontario)

Linda Morgan

Trial Advocacy

BAH (Queens), LLB (Ottawa), 2009 called to Ontario Bar

Lynda is a partner at Addario Law Group in Toronto. She maintains a criminal and regulatory law practice with a strong interest in search and seizure issues. Lynda acts as duty counsel for the Law Society of Ontario and the Pro Bono Inmate Appeal Program.

Lynda is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and was previously the Chair of the Advocates’ Society Criminal Law Practice Group. Lynda acts as duty counsel for the pro bono inmate appeal program and at the Law Society of Ontario. She has spoken at numerous conferences on search and seizure issues.

Manjusha Pawagi

Trial Advocacy

BA(Western), MA(Stanford), LLB(UofT)

Justice Pawagi was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 2009. She presides in Toronto, primarily in family court. She was a lawyer for the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and then the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. She has also worked as a reporter, for CBC radio in Charlottetown and Toronto; and for the Associated Press in St. Louis, Mo. She has written several books including The Girl Who Hated Books (translated into over 15 languages and made into an animated short by the NFB) and the memoir Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy.

Lidiya Yermakova

Trial Advocacy

BA (Queens), JD (Osgoode), of the Bar of Ontario

Lidiya is an experienced courtroom advocate. Her practice focuses on professional liability and regulation, administrative law, and commercial litigation.

Lidiya’s clients include health professionals, healthcare businesses, lawyers, architects, engineers, accountants, and many others. She has extensive experience in registration, complaints, investigations, inspections, incapacity, and discipline matters. Lidiya has represented clients in serious academic misconduct investigations. She has also acted as Independent Legal Counsel to several regulators.

Lidiya maintains a broad civil litigation practice, including medical malpractice, professional regulation, and commercial litigation.

Ngai On Young

Trial Advocacy

B. Eng (McMaster), LLB (Osgoode)

Currently an Assistant Crown Attorney in Durham Region.