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Shane's passion for social justice and human rights originated from his time living in rural eastern Canada and witnessing first-hand how working class and poor people are disproportionately and systemically affected by the criminal law.


During a portion of his legal education Shane worked with one of Toronto's top criminal defence firms. There he assisted on cases that included charges of first degree murder, prohibited firearms, fraud, narcotics, theft, assault and prostitution. The experience solidified his commitment to provide fierce representation for all clients regardless of the allegations.


With the goal of providing his clients with the best defence possible, Shane founded Martínez Law. Today the firm offers its services across Toronto, Brampton, North York, Scarborough, Oshawa and beyond. Through combining a social justice perspective with innovative legal analysis and tireless dedication, Martínez Law is able to guarantee its clients a loyal and aggressive criminal defence against the charges they are faced with. Shane has also acted as counsel in Coroner's inquests in relation to the deaths of people who have been killed by the police or who have died in jail.


From September 2013 to March 2014 Shane completed a period of academic leave to become qualified to practice law in the Commonwealth Caribbean. During that time he lived in Kingston, Jamaica, and assisted attorney-at-law Michael Lorne as part of the defence team for dancehall artist Shawn Storm, one of the co-accused in the Vybz Kartel murder trial.

In addition to practicing law, Shane regularly writes and lectures about police brutality, racial profiling, the prison industrial complex and transnational labour. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Law Union of Ontario, Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, and the Prison Lawyers Association. Shane also works closely with Justice 4 Migrant Workers (J4MW) providing legal education and pro bono assistance for Caribbean and Mexican migrant farm workers in southern Ontario.

Shane Martínez  B.A., LL.B, L.E.C.

Barrister & Solicitor


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