Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa

Bringing Our Best Game

Since 1975



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

Leonardo Russomanno

Vice President

Leonardo Russomanno is an Ottawa criminal defence lawyer.

Ewan Lyttle


.Ewan Lyttle is an Ottawa criminal defence lawyer

Meaghan McMahon


Meaghan McMahon is a criminal defence lawyer at Davies Barristers.