Lorne Sabsay

Lorne Sabsay

Lorne Sabsay

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Lorne Sabsay received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1982, in biology and political science. He received his law degree from the Osgoode Hall Law School, of York University, in 1985; subsequently, he articled in the area of criminal law with Earl J. Levy, Louis Silver and Irwin Koziebrocki. Lorne began his legal career in immigration and criminal law. Within a few years of the commencement of his practice, he turned his specialty to criminal law. Lorne is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in criminal law. He has defended clients charged with virtually every offence imaginable, from shoplifting to murder.

Since the founding of Cohen Sabsay LLP in 2001, Lorne has expanded his trial advocacy skills to the civil arena, handling commercial litigation, civil forfeiture, wrongful dismissal litigation and representing professionals before professional discipline boards and academic tribunals.  As a result, Lorne has developed a special expertise in handling cases of both criminal/quasi-criminal and civil litigation where circumstances create litigation needs in both areas.

Lorne has spoken at a number of schools and community organizations on law-related topics. Additionally, he taught in the criminal law section of the Bar admission course for six years. He has appeared on various media outlets, including Global Television, CBC, CTV and City TV, for his expertise in criminal law and policing issues; additionally, he has been quoted in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun and many other newspapers throughout Ontario. His work has also been published in “For the Defense,” the newsletter of the Criminal Lawyers Association of Ontario. Lorne was also featured in the W Network series “Crimes of Passion.”

In addition to his legal training and expertise, Lorne is an avid practitioner of martial arts. He holds a fourth-degree black belt in karate and teaches mixed martial arts. This training and knowledge has assisted Lorne in any case involving alleged assaults or where the issue of self-defence or the defence of others is raised. Lorne has developed a keen insight into the mechanics of physical confrontation, as well as the dynamics of physical fights and disputes, in ways that many other lawyers have not.

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
    • Juris Doctor - 1985
    • Honors: Member, Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP)
  • University of Toronto
    • B.A. - 1982
    • Major: Biology and Political Science

Published Works

  • "For the Defense" , 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 Employment Positions

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