Zach Kerbel is a partner at Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP. He is an experienced defence lawyer. He specializes in criminal and regulatory litigation and has defended clients at all levels of court in Ontario, in the Provincial Courts of Manitoba and New Brunswick and in the Supreme Court of Canada. As a trial lawyer he has defended clients facing an array of criminal and regulatory offences from income tax violations to copyright infringement to money laundering to first degree murder. He has a depth of experience in sexual assault matters and has litigated numerous applications to exclude evidence under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In addition to his work in criminal law, he has experience in professional discipline matters before the Law Society of Ontario, civil matters and occupational health and safety matters.
As an appeal lawyer, he appears regularly in the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Summary Conviction Appeal Court in the Superior Court of Justice. He has been successful as counsel and co-counsel on a number of notable cases in the areas of homicide jury instructions (R v. Mendez, 2018 ONCA 354), police misconduct (R v. Tran, 2018 ONCA 35) demeanour evidence (R v. Hemsworth, 2016 ONCA 85), reasonable apprehension of bias (R v. Huang, 2013 ONCA 240), unlawful arrest (R v. Brown, 2012 ONCA 225), similar fact evidence (R v. Dorsey, 2012 ONCA 225), wrongful convictions (R v. Sherret-Robinson, 2011 ONCA 399), and fresh evidence (R v. T.S., 2012 ONCA 289). He is an active member of the pro bono duty counsel programs in both the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Superior Court of Justice for Ontario.
Zach received his Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in English from McGill University in 2000 and his law degree (J.D.) from the University of Toronto in 2006.
He is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, the Advocates' Society and the Toronto Lawyers' Association.