Saman Wickramasinghe is a partner at Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP and an accomplished litigator. He practices exclusively in criminal and quasi-criminal law. He has a wealth of experience litigating complex criminal cases at trial and routinely represents clients at the appellate level in the Superior Court of Ontario, the Ontario Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. His practice ranges from the defence of clients charged with drug offences, to sexual offences to homicide. He has had particular success in litigating applications to exclude evidence under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Saman also represents workers, supervisors and companies charged under the Occupational Health and Safety Act in cases involving serious workplace injuries and fatalities.
Saman volunteers with the pro bono duty counsel programs in both the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Superior Court of Justice for Ontario. He is also member of the Professional Regulation Committee at the Criminal Lawyers Association. Saman has been an invited panelist at conferences and legal education seminars on a wide range of topics including cross-examination, trial advocacy, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and evidentiary matters.
Saman received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston College and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. He articled in criminal law at a prestigious labour-side firm and was called to the bar in 2007. Saman is a member of the Criminal Lawyers' Association, the Toronto Lawyers' Association and the York Region Law Association. He has been a longstanding member of the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario’s Board of Directors.