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Maureen Salama


Contact Information

tel: 416-306-2963
fax: 416-362-8410

Bar Admission


Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law
Regulatory Law



Maureen Salama is a partner at Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP who practices primarily in the areas of criminal, regulatory law and professional discipline. Maureen has successfully represented clients before various courts and tribunals across the province of Ontario. Her practice has included both routine criminal matters and complex cases. Maureen articled at Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP and primarily assisted Mr. Brauti in relation to his criminal and regulatory practice before returning to the firm as counsel. Since then, she has had the opportunity to get involved in one of Canada’s largest and most complex police prosecutions as counsel.

Upon returning to the firm, Maureen was also appointed as the head of the firm’s Student Committee. In addition to participating in the hiring of both summer and articling students, Maureen is often asked to mentor new lawyers and law students at the firm and participate in resume or interview workshops offered by various laws schools. In addition, Maureen has been an instructor with the trial advocacy program at the University of Toronto since 2010.

Maureen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Classics. She obtained her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 2009. During her final year of legal studies, she was President of the University of Ottawa’s Criminal Student Association. At convocation, Maureen was the recipient of the Maritime Book Award.

Maureen was called to the Ontario Bar in 2010. She is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Criminal Lawyers Association and the Advocate’s Society.


In the Media

  • Mar 18, 2015

    Some Challenges and Considerations When Dealing with Mentally Ill Clients. Maureen Salama, Associate at Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP, has authored a compelling article on the challenges and considerations when representing clients with mental illness. The article is presented from a criminal defence lawyers' perspective and was published in the February issue of "Health Law in Canada" published by LexisNexis.

  • Jan 14, 2015

    SCC decision applied in human rights case. It's unfortunate that professionals who have been cleared in criminal investigations and by administrative bodies sometimes have to continue to defend themselves, Toronto criminal lawyer Maureen Salama says in Law Times.

    She makes the comment in the legal publication in connection with the case of her client, Jayson Schwarz, the principal at Schwarz Law LLP in Toronto. He is currently preparing for a full hearing of the allegations made against him by his former bookkeeper, Leslie Ormesher. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com

  • Jan 7, 2015

    The enduring stigma of criminal charges in the Internet age Lingering online media stories has meant that the stigma of being charged with a crime often has long-lasting impacts on an accused person – regardless of the outcome of the case, Toronto criminal lawyer Maureen Salama tells Law Times. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com

  • Oct 27, 2014

    'Job-hopping' expected for young grads: Salama. While frequent "job-hopping" can be more problematic the older a lawyer gets, it's not an entirely negative thing for a law student, a first- or second-year associate, Toronto criminal lawyer Maureen Salama tells the Lawyers Weekly.

    "The way I view it is, they're young. I expect a varied work history. It's very rare at that stage of the game that they know exactly what they're going to do," she says. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com

  • January 30, 2014

    Officer’s remorse may help mitigate punishment. The remorse shown by a police officer, represented by Toronto criminal lawyer Maureen Salama, by pleading guilty to charges involving her ex-boyfriend and his wife may help mitigate the punishment she will receive from the city’s police department. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com