Lorne Sabsay

Lorne Sabsay

Lorne Sabsay

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Lorne has been practicing law since 1987. Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in criminal law, Lorne has defended clients charged with virtually every offence imaginable, from shoplifting to murder.

Since 2001, Lorne has expanded his trial advocacy skills to the civil and tribunal arenas, handling commercial litigation, civil forfeiture matters, wrongful dismissal litigation, and representing professionals before professional discipline boards and students before academic tribunals. In addition to practicing law, Lorne has for most of his career been a frequent contributor to enhancing the skills of other lawyers and students through his teaching of advocacy and legal skills through various legal organizations including the Advocates Society, the Criminal Lawyers Association, and the Ontario Bar Association. In addition to his legal training and expertise, Lorne is an avid practitioner of martial arts. He holds a 5 th-degree black belt in karate and teaches mixed martial arts.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Wrongful Dismissal Litigation
  • Criminal and Civil Litigation
  • Wrongful Termination -- Employee
  • Criminal Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Criminal Law, Law Society of Upper Canada


  • York University, Osgoode Hall Law School, North York, Ontario, Canada
    • LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws) - 1985
    • Honours: Member, Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP)
  • University of Toronto
    • B.A. - 1982
    • Major: Biology and Political Science

Published Works (Selected Titles)

  • "For the Defence" , Newsletter of the Criminal Lawyers Association of Ontario

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Canadian / Ontario Bar Association - called to bar 1987, Criminal Justice Section, Employment and Labour Section, Civil Litigation Section
  • The Advocates Society
  • Innocence Canada
  • Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals, National Executive Director

Past Experience

  • Immigration Section, Leader
  • CLASP, Member, Board of Directors