Vanessa Garcia Ottawa Criminal Defence Lawyer

Vanessa Garcia


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200 Elgin Street, Suite 403, Ottawa, ON K2P 1L5

Vanessa Garcia


Vanessa Garcia is a criminal defence lawyer and associate with Friedman Mansour LLP.

Vanessa graduated from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in 2018. After graduating, she completed her articles with a prominent Ottawa criminal law firm where she assisted on matters involving persons charged with serious offences including, murder, manslaughter, sexual offences, impaired driving, drug offences and offences under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. This experience has provided Vanessa with an understanding of the workings of the legal system and the challenges faced by clients charged with related offences.

Vanessa is acutely aware of the strain experienced by individuals charged with criminal offences. She advocates diligently for her clients’ interests and is dedicated to the efficient and timely resolution of every case.

While attending law school, Vanessa worked in the criminal division at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic where she represented clients charged with summary conviction offences. Vanessa also interned with Senator Kim Pate’s office and worked on the Senate Standing Committee for Human Rights’ inquiry into federal prisons.

In addition to her passion for criminal law, Vanessa also brings the unique perspective of a scientist to her work. Having previously earned a Master’s degree in biochemistry, Vanessa is trained to analyze evidence in a thorough and critical manner.

Vanessa is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, and the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa.

She is fluent in English, French and Spanish and can assist clients in all three languages.

Vanessa Garcia est une avocate de défense avec Friedman Mansour LLP.

Vanessa a gradué du programme de droit de l’Université d’Ottawa en 2018. Suite à sa graduation, elle a complété son stage et assisté sur des cas pour personnes faisant face à de graves accusations incluant le meurtre, les agressions sexuelles, la capacité de conduire affaiblie, la possession et trafic de drogues et les accusations selon la Loi sur le système pénal pour les adolescents. À travers ces expériences, Vanessa a acquis une connaissance profonde du système pénal ainsi que des défis qui envisagent les individus faisant face à des accusations. Vanessa est pleinement consciente de la tension que subissent les personnes accusées d’infractions pénales. Elle défend avec diligence les intérêts de ses clients et se consacre à la résolution efficace et rapide de chaque cas.

Au cours de ses études en droit, Vanessa a travaillé dans la division pénale de la Clinique juridique communautaire de l’Université d’Ottawa où elle a représenté des clients faisant face à des accusations procédant par voie sommaire. Vanessa a aussi complété plusieurs stages avec la Sénatrice Kim Pate où elle a travaillé avec le Comité de droits de la personne dans leur étude sur les conditions carcérales dans les prisons fédérales.

En plus de sa passion pour le droit pénal, Vanessa apporte aussi la perspective unique de scientifique à son travail. Ayant auparavant obtenu une maîtrise en biochimie, Vanessa est adepte à l’analyse de preuves de manière critique et approfondie.

Vanessa est membre du Barreau de l’Ontario, de l’Association des avocats criminels et de l’Association des avocats de la défense d’Ottawa.

Elle peut servir ses clients en anglais, en français et en espagnol.

Vanessa Garcia es una abogada en derecho penal en la firma Friedman Mansour LLP.

Vanessa se graduó de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Ottawa en 2018. Al término de du graduación completó su práctica profesional con la firma Edelson & Friedman LLP donde proporcionó apoyo en asuntos legales relativos a personas acusadas de cargos criminales incluyendo homicidio, homicidio involuntario, ofensas sexuales, manejo bajo la influencia, delitos de drogas y delitos juveniles. La experiencia que adquirió durante este tiempo le ha proporcionado un conocimiento detallado de los procesos legales y los retos y obstáculos que enfrentan las personas acusadas de estos delitos. Vanessa tiene una gran conciencia del stress que sufren los individuos acusados de este tipo de crímenes y aboga con diligencia para proteger los intereses de sus clientes y alcanzar soluciones de manera eficiente y oportuna.

Durante sus estudios en la facultad de leyes, Vanessa trabajó en la división criminal de la Clínica Legal Comunitaria de la Universidad de Ottawa, donde representó a clientes acusados ​​de delitos menores. Asimismo trabajó en la oficina de la senadora Kim Pate en la investigación de las prisiones federales a cargo del Comité Permanente del Senado para los Derechos Humanos.

Aunada a su pasión por el derecho penal, Vanessa aporta una perspectiva analitica única a su práctica legal, producto del haber obtenido una Maestría en Bioquímica, lo que le permite analizar evidencia de una forma crítica, sistemática y completa.

Vanessa es miembro de la Sociedad de Derecho de Ontario, de la Asociación de Abogados en Derecho Penal y de la Asociación de Abogados Defensores de Ottawa.

Vanessa ofrece sus servicios a clientes de habla hispana además de los de habla inglesa o francesa.

  • Called to the Ontario Bar 2019
  • J.D, University of Ottawa, 2018, cum laude
  • M. Sc., University of Ottawa, 2015
  • B. Sc., University of Ottawa, 2013, magna cum laude
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Criminal Lawyers’ Association
  • Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa

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Excellent and precise communications skills. Very clear on what my position was, what the legal actions available were, and what his strategy would be to address the situation. And precise execution. He assured me of my rights and position every step of the way. Made me feel totally comfortable with my rights, and let me continue with my life. Highly recommended.

V. K.

Fady recently represented me in a legal matter during one of the most difficult periods of my life. From the onset, Fady was professional, supportive and reassured me that he would do all he could to ensure a positive outcome, which was achieved. Thank you to Fady and team for your hard work and support!

S. K.
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The night I was charged with assault after a night out drinking was the worst night of my life. As a police officer, an off duty assault conviction would have jeopardized my career. I have worked closely with lawyers my entire nine year career. Either directly with Crown on a case or through cross-examination by defence counsel and after a few minutes of speaking with Solomon shortly after my arrest I knew his knowledge and ability to articulate legal principles were unmatched. He spent nearly an hour on the phone with me gathering facts and providing clear instructions. Throughout the process he kept me updated as to what was going on and I was extremely impressed with his handling of my case. Solomon did his homework on the accusers and witnesses and prepared an unbelievable defence which ultimately led to the charge being dropped on the first day of trial and allowing me to continue my career as a police officer. I’d recommend Solomon to anybody who is in need of expert legal defence.


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