Breese Davies practices exclusively in the area of criminal and quasi-criminal law at the trial and appellate levels. Breese has extensive experience appearing at all levels of court, including the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. Breese also provides legal advice to corporations on a number of criminal law issues.
Breese received her B.A., M.A. (Criminology) and LL.B. degrees from the University of Toronto. She was called to the bar in Ontario in 2000. She started her legal career as an associate with Ruby & Edwardh and was a partner at Di Luca Copeland Davies LLP for 4 years.
Since 2013, Breese has been practicing in association with Cavalluzzo Shilton McIntyre Cornish LLP.
In addition to her busy trial and appellate practice, Breese has been involved in a number of public inquries, including the Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in relation to Maher Arar, the Internal Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in relation to Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad Abou-Elmaati and Muayyed Nureddin and the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario. She was counsel for the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies in the Inquest into the Death of Ashley Smith.
Breese is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto in the Criminology program and at Osgoode Hall Law School. Breese frequently lectures at the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, the Advocates’ Society and the National Judicial Institute in areas including advocacy, Charter rights and substantive criminal law.
Breese is currently a Vice President of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association. From 2012 to 2014, Breese was the first ever Women’s Vice President of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association. Throughout her term on the CLA board, she has worked on retaining women in defence practice, improving the professional experience of female lawyers and promoting diversity in the criminal defence bar.
From 2007 to 2016, Breese was the co-editor of For the Defence, a magazine published bi-monthly by the Criminal Lawyers’ Association. She is a contributing editor to On Children and the Law (with J. Wilson). Breese was one of the authors of Sentencing (7th edition, 2008) with Clayton Ruby. From 2000 to 2016, Breese was an Assistant Editor of the Canadian Rights Reporter.
Breese has done volunteer legal work in Nigeria through Avocats Sans Frontieres Canada. She was also the president of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Toronto.
Breese is a current member of the Board of Regents at Victoria University, University of Toronto.