Karen Jokinen

Ms. Jokinen graduated from The University of Western Ontario’s Law School in 1986 and was called to the Bar in 1988. She started her criminal defence practice in London, Ontario where she was worked with and learned from her mentor Fletcher Dawson, now Mr. Justice Dawson, of the Superior Court Bench in Brampton. In October of 1997, she relocated to Barrie, Ontario where she continued her career as defence counsel and also became an Agent for the Public Prosecution Services of Canada.

She is certified by the Law Society as a specialist in Criminal Law. As defence counsel, she defends all charges under the Criminal Code ranging from murder, arson, conspiracies, sexual assaults, domestic assaults, robberies, thefts, frauds and of course has developed an affinity for defending all driving offences including alcohol and drug impaired simpliciter, causing bodily harm or death.

Ms. Jokinen has been an Instructor for the Law Society’s Bar Admission Course (Criminal Procedure Section) in London, Ontario from 1992 to 2000; a frequent lecturer for various police forces on Search and Seizure, Detention, and Rights to Counsel; has co-chaired the Ontario Criminal Lawyers’ Spring Conference for over ten years; been on panels at both the CLA spring conference and fall conference; been on the Law Society of Ontario’s drinking and driving panel partnered with Peter Keen since 2014; and lectured at various other forums regarding both substantive, procedural and the ethics of criminal law.



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