Eric Neubauer is a litigator practicing in the areas of criminal, constitutional and regulatory law. Eric enjoys a mixed trial and appellate practice, and also defends persons facing regulatory and professional disciplinary prosecution.
Before joining the defence bar, Eric worked as Crown counsel for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. As a former federal prosecutor, he has a unique perspective on how the police and Crown offices operate, and uses this experience to ensure his clients receive thoughtful, creative and effective advocacy.
Eric has litigated at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has successfully defended cases before the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Appeal. He has defended clients involved in inter-provincial investigations, and is regularly sought by other counsel to provide legal opinions or assistance in drafting complex legal motions.
A cornerstone of Eric’s practice is constitutional litigation. He has successfully advanced constitutional arguments before all levels of court in Ontario, including as trial, appellate and intervening counsel. Eric’s regulatory work is diverse. He has defended individuals engaged in public inquiries, as well as professionals facing regulatory prosecution at the discipline and appellate level. Eric has also acted as amicus curiae as a non-party counsel, retained to assist the court navigate complex or otherwise challenging issues.
Eric is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Advocates’ Society, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Ontario. Eric is a Toronto Director for the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, and serves on a number of the CLA’s committees. Eric is passionate about advocacy in the public interest and has acted as intervening counsel on behalf of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and Canadian Civil Liberties Association. His intervention work has been before the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Eric has a strong commitment to legal education. He is actively involved in organizing educational events for the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, and he has worked as a sessional Instructor in both the Lawyer as Negotiator and Trial Advocacy Seminars at Osgoode Hall Law School. Eric is regularly asked to speak to other lawyers in continuing legal education events.
Eric acts as pro bono counsel for the Summary Conviction Appeal Counsel program, and Duty Counsel for the Law Society of Ontario Tribunal. As part of his public advocacy work, Eric has also appeared before the Senate Committee for Legal Affairs on behalf of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers.