Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa
Bringing Our Best Game
Since 1975
About
Us
The Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa is an association of private defence lawyers who practice in Ottawa, Ontario. The Association was founded in 1975 and has been an integral part of the Ottawa criminal defence bar ever since.

We provide quality continuing legal education for our members, including our annual Criminal Law Conference and various sessions on emerging areas of criminal law.

The Defence Counsel Association advocates for a just and effective criminal justice system at the Ottawa Courthouse.

Executive Team

DCAO has an 8 member executive team, with elections taking place every two years
The DCAO has an 8 member executive team, with elections taking place every two years.

Karin Stein

President

Karin Stein is a longtime member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the County of Carleton Law Association.

Ewan Lyttle

Director

.Ewan Lyttle is an Ottawa criminal defence lawyer

Leonardo Russomanno

Director

Leonardo Russomanno is an Ottawa criminal defence lawyer.

Meaghan McMahon

Secretary

Meaghan McMahon is a criminal defence lawyer at Davies Barristers.