Erin Dann earned a bachelor of journalism from Carleton University in 2002 and received her LL.B. from Queen’s University in 2007, graduating first in her class at both Carleton and Queen’s. She clerked for the Honourable Justice Morris Fish at the Supreme Court of Canada and was called to the bar in 2008. Erin completed an internship in Lao PDR assisting in the implementation of the UN’s Enhancing Access to Justice Project before returning to Canada to work at the Crown Law Office Criminal. She joined the criminal defence bar in 2010.
Erin practices at both the trial and appellate levels. Erin is a member of the Pro Bono Inmate Appeal Program, a co-ordinator for the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, and a member of the Queen’s Law Moot Advisory Council. She is a regular speaker at continuing legal education seminars and an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Dean Embry attended the University of Calgary and earned an Honours Degree in Philosophy focusing on analytical thought and theories of morality. Dean moved to Toronto in 2000 to attend the University of Toronto Faculty of Law; graduating in 2003.
While at the University of Toronto, Dean was employed as a research assistant and as a shift leader at Downtown Legal Services; a clinic which provides representation to low income individuals charged with criminal offences. In his second and third year of Law School Dean split his time between primarily criminal law related classes and the clinic through which he had the opportunity to prepare for and conduct multiple criminal trials prior to graduation.
After completing his articles of clerkship at the criminal division of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell Dean was called to the Bar in 2004 and worked for a well-known Toronto criminal lawyer for two years before joining Schreck & Greene in 2007. Dean remained at that firm through its various incarnations until 2011 when he opened his own practice.
Dean’s practice includes the representation of clients on a wide variety of matters. A substantial portion of his practice involves complex conspiracy cases, fraud related matters, drug possession and trafficking matters, serious personal injury offences including sexual offences and matters involving accused dealing with mental health issues. Dean has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario and appears regularly before the Ontario Review Board.
Dean previously served on the Board of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and on its Executive as Assistant Secretary.
Paul Socka is an associate at Embry Dann LLP, practicing at both the trial and appeal levels. He received his law degree from the Queen’s University of Faculty of Law in 2018, graduating as the gold medalist. While in law school, he worked with the Queen’s Prison Law Clinic, representing federal inmates at disciplinary hearings and before the Parole Board of Canada, and participated in the Gale Cup Moot, receiving the Peter Cory Factum Prize for best written argument.
Prior to joining Embry Dann, Paul articled at the Crown Law Office – Criminal and was called to the bar in 2019. He then clerked for Justices Doherty, Simmons, and Trotter at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and for Justice Andromache Karakatsanis at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Paul is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.
Sarah Weinberger is an associate at Embry Dann. She received her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2018, where she was a senior editor of the Journal of Law and Social Policy, and a caseworker at both the Community & Legal Aid Services Program in the administrative law division, and Parkdale Community Legal Services in the immigration division. While in law school, Sarah worked on Charter and human rights litigation, and organized in support of labour and refugee rights as a leader of the Osgoode Hall Law Union. Sarah worked as a summer student for Legal Aid Ontario, where she served as student duty counsel in Kenora and in the fly-in First Nation communities of Pikangikum and Keewaywin. Before going to law school, Sarah earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Indigenous Studies from Trent University, where she graduated at the top of her class.
Prior to joining Embry Dann, Sarah completed her articles while clerking for Justice Malcolm Rowe at the Supreme Court of Canada, where she worked primarily on criminal and constitutional cases. She was called to the bar in 2019 and is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.
Richelle Cickello earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Windsor in 2007. She graduated with Academic Distinction from the Accelerated Paralegal program at St. Clair College in 2012.
Richelle’s paralegal internships include the Windsor Crown Attorney’s office, Community Legal Aid clinic at the University of Windsor, Citizen’s Advocacy clinic, Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County, and the Windsor Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic. She has held a paralegal license with the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2013.
Richelle has completed training in Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) procedures, and has experience in Customs and Intellectual Property law.