A native of Ottawa, Brett McGarry is a criminal defence lawyer who represents people charged with criminal and regulatory offences in Ontario. He has successfully defended clients in trials before the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice. In particular, Brett has had success defending impaired driving and sexual assault cases, two complex and difficult areas of the law.
Approach to Defending Cases
Brett understands that cases are won by out-working and out-strategizing the other side. Each case is important to him. Your case will be defended based on a complete understanding of the law and the facts. Your options will be clearly presented to you. After careful discussion, the appropriate course of action will be vigorously pursued.
Brett articled for the judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 2007. While clerking he provided legal research concerning trials for offences such as murder, manslaughter, fraud, and sexual assault. This unique exposure to serious criminal cases provided Brett with insight into the decision making process in trials, which contributes to his successful results today. The experience also taught him the importance of meticulously preparing legal arguments and presenting facts in a compelling manner.
Legal Training & Education
In 2004, Brett earned his Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in Political Studies/Philosophy from Queen’s University.
In 2007, he graduated from Dalhousie Law School in Halifax. While at Dalhousie he successfully represented students charged with disciplinary and academic offences.
During law school Brett also worked with a large national law firm, where he assisted in defending regulatory offences and allegations of professional misconduct against doctors.
Since his call to the Bar of Ontario in 2008, Brett has practiced criminal defence law, working primarily as a sole practitioner. Brett has also worked for a leading Ottawa law firm in the areas of criminal defence and personal injury law.
Brett is committed to maintaining his up-to-date legal knowledge and skills. He regularly attends seminars designed to enhance his litigation skills and knowledge. He is involved in organizing educational events for the legal profession. Brett has also spoken at conferences for lawyers and judges on various topics.
Brett recently served two terms as a trustee on the board of the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA), an association of Ottawa lawyers from all practice areas. He remains involved with a number of CCLA committees, including the Criminal Law Conference planning committee. Outside of the law, Brett has been involved in coaching minor hockey for a number of years.
Law Society of Upper Canada
Criminal Lawyers’ Association
Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa
County of Carleton Law Association
Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Law Association
Since his days playing junior hockey, Brett has enjoyed travelling to towns around the Ottawa Valley and Eastern Ontario. Today, Brett represents client’s in Ottawa, Cornwall, Brockville, Smith Falls, Carleton Place, Perth, Renfrew, Pembroke, Hawkesbury, L’Orignal, Alexandria, Morrisburg, Kemptville, Peterborough, Kingston and other locales in Eastern Ontario.
Family & Personal Life
Brett lives in Ottawa with his wife and children. When he is not practicing law he can often be found playing or coaching hockey at local arenas.