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Evan J. Roitenberg, LLB

“When it’s the state bringing its resources against you, I will stand as the wall between you and the state, protecting you and your rights. I will leave no stone unturned to provide you with the best defence possible.”

Evan Roitenberg has been practising law since 1992 and is deeply committed to protecting the rights of the accused and equally committed to the advancement of the legal profession.

Evan has been involved in numerous high-profile and precedent-setting cases and has defended thousands of clients facing charges of murder, drug trafficking, robbery, complex frauds, money laundering, arson, assault, DUI’s, and all manner of driving and property offences. He has defended clients in Manitoba, Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia and at the Supreme Court of Canada.  Evan is routinely sought after to lecture and present in the area of advocacy skills, with an emphasis on the art of cross-examination. He is called upon frequently to lecture at the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg, and is a Learning Group Facilitator in Advocacy for the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education.


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Manitoba, 1991
  • Dean’s Honour List
  • Prize for Highest Achievement in Trusts
  • Prize for Highest Achievement in Insurance Law

Work History

  • 2003–present | Gindin Wolson Simmonds Roitenberg
  • 1998–2003 | Founding Member, Pinx Roitenberg Campbell
  • 1991–1998 | Wolch Pinx Tapper Scurfield


  • Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba (Past President)
  • Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers (Board Member)
  • Manitoba Bar Association

Selected Professional Highlights

  • Senior Commission Counsel, Inquiry into Certain Allegations Respecting Business and Financial Dealings Between Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney
  • Serves as the Manitoba Representative to the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers
  • Faculty Member, Criminal Defence Advocacy Skills Workshops 
  • Served as President of the Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba
  • Counsel to a AIDWYC, Commission of Inquiry into the Wrongful Conviction of Thomas Sophonow
  • Served as Co-Chair of the Manitoba Bar Association Criminal Justice Subsection
  • Co-Author: “Muddying the Waters”, a book chapter reviewing the evolution of remedies available under the Charter of Rights in The Charter at Thirty 
  • Has appeared in front of House of Commons committees on matters of criminal law
  • Presenter to lawyers as part of Continuing Legal Education; presenter to judges as part of their continuing legal education; invited presenter to numerous high schools in Manitoba and to the Annual Crown/Defence Conference
  • Frequent committee member for the Law Society of Manitoba
  • Recognized in the area of Criminal Law by

Outside of Law

Evan is an actor and singer who has appeared in 13 Manitoba Bar Association co-productions to raise funds for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. He routinely volunteers his time as a board member to numerous community organizations, and as a frontline volunteer to organizations combatting poverty.

“Mr. Roitenberg demonstrated his notable skills as a litigator during his questioning of some of the major witnesses who testified before me. His skill at cross-examining witnesses was apparent on more than one occasion.”

–The Honourable Jeffrey J. Oliphant, Commissioner, Commission of Inquiry into Certain Allegations Respecting Business and Financial Dealings Between Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, 2010

“Roitenberg is very good at what he does. He’s relentless, aggressive, detailed and thorough.” 

–James G. Jewell, The Police Insider (Blog), February 17, 2019

“Our nation’s system of justice is stronger because of defence lawyers like Evan Roitenberg.”

-James Turner, Crime Journalist, “Defending the Indefensible”,

Contact: Evan J. Roitenberg, LLB


Our Lawyers

Jeffrey J. Gindin, QC

Jeff is one of the founding partners of this firm and and has been a trial lawyer since 1971. He will fight tirelessly for his clients with passion, skill, and creativity in order to achieve the best possible results.

Richard J. Wolson, QC

Richard Wolson is a skilled, bold, and relentless cross-examiner who represents his clients with focus and determination.

Saul B. Simmonds, QC

Practising criminal law since 1980, Saul is an experienced litigator with deep knowledge of Canadian law.

Evan J. Roitenberg, LLB

Evan is deeply committed to protecting the rights of the accused and is routinely called upon to lecture and present on the art of cross-examination.

Laura Robinson, BA, LLB

Laura has experience dealing with all manner of offences, which has included violent crimes, property offences, drug offences, driving offences, and weapons offences.

Daniel A. Wolson, BA, LLB

Daniel strives to get the best possible results for his clients, having secured acquittals at all levels of court throughout Manitoba.

Kevin Minuk, BA, LLB

Kevin Minuk received his call to the bar in 2014 and has been practising exclusively in the area of criminal law.

Shimon R. Segal, BA, JD

Shimon was called to the bar and hired as an associate in 2015. His practice has grown to include immigration law and criminal law.

Adam R. Hodge, B.Comm (Hons), JD

Adam Hodge received his call to the bar in May 2016 and practises primarily in the area of criminal defence.

Caitlin MacDonald, BA, JD

Caitlin represents clients facing all types of criminal and quasi-criminal charges and strives to provide expertise, guidance, and compassion.

Winnipeg-based criminal lawyers dedicated to your best defence.

Practice Areas


Robbery is a serious offence. In essence, it is stealing from someone using violence or threats in the course of the theft.

Property Crimes

Theft; breaking and entering (B&E); vandalism; arson; and auto theft, among others.

Impaired Driving / Dangerous Driving

If arrested for driving while suspected of being drunk or high, remember that you have right to hire a lawyer to speak on your behalf.

Internet-Related Crimes

Fraud; harassment; money laundering; identity theft; infringements on intellectual property; pornography; hacking; password trafficking; or any other act considered to be a cybercrime.

Bail Hearings

If you are facing a bail hearing, the lawyers at Gindin Wolson Simmonds Roitenberg will work to ensure you get the best decision possible.

White-Collar Crimes / Fraud

Embezzling money from an employer; expense-account fraud; cybercrime; and tax evasion. Corporate crimes such as selling unsafe products, price fixing, and false advertising.


We will defend you vigorously against any assault-related charges including: assault; assault with a weapon; aggravated assault; or uttering threats.

Weapons Offences

We will defend you vigorously against any weapons-related charges under the Criminal Code or any contravention of the Firearms Act.

Drug Offences

We will defend you vigorously against any charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, including possession, production, trafficking, importing, and exporting.

Domestic Violence

An act of domestic violence can take place within a currently married couple; a previously married couple; in common-law relationships; or between girlfriends, boyfriends, and same-sex partners.

Homicide: Murder / Manslaughter

Your GWSR lawyer will defend your rights aggressively and hold the Crown to the highest possible prosecutorial standards. We have immeasurable experience defending homicide cases.

Sexual Offences

Sexual assault; sexual interference; sexual exploitation; voyeurism; child pornography; luring; and any offences dealing with the sex trade, among others.

Youth Criminal Justice Act

The Youth Criminal Justice Act outlines operations of the criminal justice system as it pertains to those 12–17 years of age who have been charged with a crime.

Tax Prosecution

Tax evasion; tax fraud; failure to charge and/or remit the Provincial Sales Tax (PST); and failure to charge and/or remit the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Quasi-Criminal Offences / Highway Traffic Act

A quasi-criminal offence is an offence not covered by the Criminal Code or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Such matters could be covered by a federal, provincial, or municipal law.

Charter Applications

Concerns related to your right to remain silent at the time of arrest; your right to counsel; issues involving unreasonable searches or other matters pertaining to warrants.

Professional Regulatory Bodies

Your career is important to you and if the body that governs your profession has accused you of violating its regulations, you deserve a vigorous defence

We are committed to excellence, and committed to helping people from all walks of life.

You can talk to a lawyer from Gindin Wolson Simmonds Roitenberg at any time, day or night, by calling:


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1200-363 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB. R3C 3N9

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