OUR TEAM
SCOTT NEWMAN

PARTNER

BIO
Originally from British Columbia, Scott moved to Manitoba to attend Robson Hall Law School at the University of Manitoba after working overseas for several years.

 

Throughout law school Scott worked and articled for Greg Brodsky, Q.C., learning directly from the legendary lawyer for three years.

 

After graduating as the Valedectorian of his class, Scott hung out his own shingle soon after graduation.  He has worked in the field of Criminal Defence for over a decade, having appeared at all three levels of Manitoba Courts, as well as in Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario.

 

Scott has successfully defended charges throughout the Highway Traffic Act, Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA).

In 2016, Scott successfully convinced the Manitoba Court of Appeal to strike down a law limiting pre-sentence custody on offenders denied bail in R. v. Bittern, 2016 MBCA 19.  The Supreme Court later agreed with Scott's argument regarding the unconstitutionality of the law in R. v. Safarzadeh-Markhali, [2016] 1 S.C.R. 180.

 

Scott has also successfully struck down, and upheld, Protection Orders under the Domestic Violence and Stalking Act, and has also successfully struck down, and upheld, Peace Bond applications under Section 810 of the Criminal Code.

Scott has also defended regulatory charges, such as hunting charges under the Wildlife Act, illegal tobacco violations under the Tobacco Tax Act, and interference with aircraft under the Aeronautics Act.

 

Scott has appeared at numerous quasi-judicial Provincial Boards and Tribunals, including the License Suspension Appeal Board, and the Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board.

Scott frequently volunteers in the community.  You might see him lecturing to high-school students about the legal profession, mentoring law students, coaching moot trial teams, or conducting educational seminars for other lawyers or the Winnipeg Police Service.

Scott has also been involved with the Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba (CDLAM), first as Communications Director from 2010 to 2018, and as Treasurer since the start of 2019.

 

Click here to email Scott to discuss your case.

EDUCATION

LL.M., University of Manitoba, 2006

B.A., Simon Fraser University, 1998

 

AWARDS

Valedictorian, Robson Hall Class of 2006

ALEX STEIGERWALD

ASSOCIATE

BIO
Alex practices primarily in the area of Criminal Defence, representing clients on matters ranging from summary conviction offences, to complex indictable offences.  He has represented clients in all levels of Court in Manitoba, and has also appeared in Ontario Courts.  Alex also represents clients on quasi-criminal and regulatory matters.

Alex completed his undergraduate degree in History at the University of Manitoba.  He entered the workforce at Misericordia Health Centre and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.  He also traveled extensively in South America.

Alex went on to attend Robson Hall Law School at the University of Manitoba.  While a student he represented clients through the University Law Centre.  He was active in the Manitoba Law Students Association, and was Executive Director of the Business Law Group.

As a lawyer, Alex has won one of the few successful delay motions in Manitoba in R. v. M.S., 2017 MBQB 12.

Alex is active in the legal community through ongoing participation in the Manitoba Law Hockey League and the Law Softball League.

Click here to email Alex to discuss your case.
 

EDUCATION

J.D., Robson Hall at University of Manitoba, 2013

B.A., University of Manitoba, 2009

AWARDS

Leonard V. Wall Scholarship, 2009

John C. Hanley, S.J., Memorial Scholarship, 2008

Dean's Honour List, 2006-2008

University 1 Honour List, 2005-2006

OMRI GOLDEN PLOTNIK

ASSOCIATE

BIO

Omri was born and raised in Manitoba, and has spent his whole life preparing to work in Criminal Defence.  He graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2013 with a degree in Criminal Justice.  He was awarded the Gold Medal, achieving the highest academic standing in the program.

Graduating from Robson Hall at the University of Manitoba in 2017, Omri received numerous awards throughout law school.  He also clerked for Judges in the Court of Queen's Bench, and was a supervisor at the University Law Centre, where he conducted numerous trials as a student.

Omri is a passionate advocate who strongly believes in the presumption of innocence, and who will fight to defend a person charged with any offence.

Click here to email Omri to discuss your case.
 

EDUCATION

J.D., Robson Hall at University of Manitoba, 2017

B.A., University of Winnipeg, 2013

 

AWARDS

D.A. Thompson Q.C. Prize in Law, 2017

Irving Goldman Prize, 2017

Robson Hall Pitblado Scholarship, 2016

Neil James MacDonald Scholarship, 2016

University of Winnipeg Gold Medal, 2013

Isabelle and Lew Miles Canadian Friends of Hebrew University Scholarship, 2011

Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University Scholarship, 2011

Jewish Foundation of Manitoba Scholarship, 2011

Mitchel Merriott

ASSOCIATE

BIO

Mitch was born and raised in British Columbia. He has had a long-standing interest in Criminal Law.

 

He attended to Simon Fraser University where he obtained his BA in Criminology and a certificate in Forensic Science, graduating with distinction.

 

Mitch then made the decision to move to Winnipeg to study Criminal Law at Robson Hall at the University of Manitoba where he graduated in 2018.

Mitch completed his articles at Brodsky & Company before being called to the bar in 2019. Not long after his call, Mitch made the move to Newman & Company to begin his legal career in Criminal Law.

Mitch conducted the first trial in Manitoba where the accused attended by video.

In his off time, Mitch is a member of the Manitoba Law Hockey League, Manitoba Law Soccer League, and the Law Softball League.

Click here to email Mitch to discuss your case.
 

EDUCATION

J.D., Robson Hall at University of Manitoba, 2017

B.A. – Criminology, Simon Fraser University, 2013

Cert. in Forensic Science, Simon Fraser University, 2013

Sarah Thiessen

ASSOCIATE

BIO

Sarah has spent her life in Winnipeg, and was drawn very early on to Criminal Law and advocacy. As a result, the entirety of her studies and volunteer work were focused on preparing for success in this field.

 

She attended the University of Winnipeg, where she obtained her double major B.A. honours in Criminal Justice and Conflict Resolutions.

 

Sarah subsequently attended Robson Hall at the University of Manitoba, where she graduated with a Law degree in 2019. Sarah worked at the University Law Centre (ULC) throughout her studies. As a student supervisor for the ULC, Sarah conducted trials as a student, primarily focused on Impaired Driving defence.

 

Sarah completed her articles at Legal Aid Manitoba, and was called to the bar in 2020. During her articles Sarah practiced with a focus on Youth Criminal Law.

 

In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, going to the cabin and boating, spending time with friends and her chihuahua (Cleo). 

Click here to email Sarah to discuss your case.
 

EDUCATION

J.D., Robson Hall at University of Manitoba, 2019

B.A. (Hons.) at University of Winnipeg – Criminal Justice and Conflict Resolutions, 2014

 

AWARDS

Dean’s Honour List for Student of Distinction, 2014

The Skoog Prize in Criminal Justice, 2014

Grand Moot Finalist, 2013