At Dominion Criminal Defence we are committed to providing you with a strong legal advocate to ensure you are protected by a team whose first and only goal is the achieve the very best outcome possible for the situation you face. Our Lawyers are well-educated and highly experienced in criminal defence. We’re here to fight for you and ensure you are defended no matter how complicated or serious the situation is. Every Canadian has the right to know the case against them and put forward a defence. Dominion Criminal Defence can be your instrument in this core principle of fundamental justice.
Phillip P. Dinis
Always aspiring to enter the legal field, Phillip’s role as a criminal defence lawyer began with a pursuit of a career in law enforcement.
After finishing in the top of his Police Foundations class, Phillip became involved with the London/Middlesex community in order to be a competitive policing candidate. This included volunteering in the former Canadian Auto Workers’ political and human rights division, campaigning on behalf of a provincial political candidate who successfully won a seat in Queen’s Park, volunteering with the Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police’s (OPP) auxiliary unit as an Auxiliary Constable, as well as with the Canadian branch of
the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a community presenter and instructor on International Humanitarian Law.
His work with all these organizations gave him a sincere appreciation for the struggles faced by marginalized individuals and communities. Consequently, Phillip decided to change career paths from law enforcement to legal advocacy.
He promptly enrolled at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) where he earned an Honours Specialization degree in Political Science and Government Policy. He completed his graduate work at the University of Waterloo with a Masters in the same field before completing his Canadian and American Juris Doctorate at the University of Windsor and University of Detroit Mercy (UDM).
During his time in Detroit working on his American law degree, Phillip became involved with the University’s Veteran’s Law Clinic. He spent two years volunteering with often destitute veterans helping them resolve their legal issues.
Once he completed law school, he had the pleasure of beginning his articles with Patricia Brown in Windsor before completing his articles under the distinguished criminal defence lawyer, Alan Gold.
After working for one of Canada’s top criminal defence lawyers in Toronto, Phillip moved back to London to be closer to his son. He settled into work at a local firm providing complex legal research and advocacy before opening Dominion Criminal Defence with his former assistant and paralegal, Dallas Thompson.
With the opening of Dominion Criminal Defence, Phillip can finally practice law on his terms, putting advocacy over profit.
Dallas Thompson is a licensed paralegal who assists in all phases of a client’s file, from client meetings, disclosure review, to hearings and trials.
Being raised in a blue-collar family in the city of London, Ontario, Dallas was exposed to adversity from a young age. Seeing the struggles of family and friends stimulated her passion for the law and drove her to pursue a future in the legal field.
Before joining Dominion Criminal Defence, she attended the University of Carleton where she studied Criminology. She went on to complete her Paralegal Studies at Westervelt College, where she graduated with Presidential Honours and became licensed as a Paralegal in the province of Ontario.
Family, friend, or stranger, Dallas is always willing to help when they find themselves in a bind. And that help comes with genuine empathy and no strings attached
After spending many years abroad studying English common law, Christina has come to London, Ontario to build a criminal law practice under Dominion Criminal Defence.
Her education includes an Honours Bachelor degree with a specialization in Criminology and Bioethics from the University of Toronto. She followed her undergraduate work with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, with a focus on the sociology of criminal conduct and criminal defence. She then returned to the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where she received her Canadian law qualifications.
Throughout her legal studies she volunteered her time as part of the Innocence Project, working on behalf of those wrongfully convicted, as well as with the Legal Aid branch of Mind in Brighton and Hove, UK, where she advocated for those from low-income communities.
Though proficient in all areas of criminal defence, her focus is advocating for those charged with sexual and domestic offences. Christina’s outlook on cases begins from a place of empathy and humanity. She believes in ensuring that her clients understand every step of the court system and all aspects of her defence strategy.
If police are asking you for a statement, it is important you speak with us, or another criminal defence lawyer first!