Luba Szkambara

Luba Szkambara

In her two decades at the criminal bar Luba has defended all manner of criminal, quasi-criminal and regulatory matters.

Matters she regularly deals with include property offences, frauds, assaults, sexual assaults, impaired driving charges, robbery and firearms charges, as well as matters that are prosecuted by the Federal Prosecutor, most notably drug offences.

Luba Szkambara

In her two decades at the criminal bar Luba has defended all manner of criminal, quasi-criminal and regulatory matters.

Matters she regularly deals with include property offences, frauds, assaults, sexual assaults, impaired driving charges, robbery and firearms charges, as well as matters that are prosecuted by the Federal Prosecutor, most notably drug offences.

She has defended clients at the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. Luba also represents clients at various tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal; professional licencing bodies; disciplinary committees at educational institutions; and, assists complainants and other interested parties in negotiating their way through the criminal justice system. Luba has a particular interest and expertise negotiating matters where mental health issues and mental health law intersect with the criminal justice system.

She has defended clients at the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. Luba also represents clients at various tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal; professional licencing bodies; disciplinary committees at educational institutions; and, assists complainants and other interested parties in negotiating their way through the criminal justice system. Luba has a particular interest and expertise negotiating matters where mental health issues and mental health law intersect with the criminal justice system.

She is fluent in Ukrainian and can provide services to clients in that language.
Through her years of practice, Luba has developed a keen understanding of the stresses and anxieties associated with confronting the criminal justice system. She is known for her dedication to her clients; staunch advocacy on their behalf and ability at guiding them through the different stages of a prosecution. Whether defending a client against infringements of Charter-protected rights; state incursions into a client’s privacy; defending innocence, or, ensuring that the prosecution is aware and mindful of the circumstances that bring a person to court – Luba works diligently to ensure her client’s best interests are protected.

Luba graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2006, where she received awards for her legal research and writing and was a recipient of the Charles Edward Woodrow Award for academic excellence. She has participated as a speaker on panels addressing the criminal defence bar and helped prepare high school students to participate in moot-court hearings. Prior to attending Osgoode Hall Law School, Luba worked in Arts and Culture and had a career as a consultant in Information Technology. She has been a member of a number of Boards of Directors in the Arts and Culture sector, including ASpace Gallery and Between the Lines Publishing.

She was also a member of the Board of Directors at Parkdale Community Legal Services and a member of the Criminal Justice Section Executive of the Ontario Bar Association, where she held the position of Secretary. She is a member of the Ukrainian Lawyers and Criminal Lawyers Associations.