Criminal defence lawyer Venus Sayed practices in the areas of criminal and quasi-criminal litigation and appeals.
Ms. Sayed earned a Juris Doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School, and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto. She has worked at prominent criminal defence firms in Toronto, and was asked to join the law offices of Leora Shemesh in 2014 where she conducts trial and appellate-level advocacy at all Ontario Courts.
Ms. Sayed’s legal practice is focused on cases involving violations of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and largely includes cases which involve the use of search warrants and wiretaps in drug, gun, and gang-related prosecutions. She has vigorously and successfully represented hundreds of clients charged with all manners of criminal offences, including assault, sexual assault, weapons offences, robbery, and drug offences such as the trafficking, production and importing of controlled substances.
Notably, Ms. Sayed has presented as a speaker in various forums and educational initiatives, including the Criminal Advocacy course at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Ontario Justice Education Network. She is also actively involved in numerous community and social justice initiatives, and currently sits as a Board Member of a charitable organization. Ms. Sayed has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for outstanding volunteer service, academic achievement, and legal and oratory skill.
Venus Sayed is a member of the Criminal Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers, the Ontario Bar Association, the Toronto Lawyers Association, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Law Society of Upper Canada.