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Saul B. Simmonds, QC

“The criminal justice system can be intimidating, confusing, and stressful, especially for someone charged for the first time. I take great satisfaction in helping clients navigate the system; and I take great pride in the fact that I take the time to learn about the latest developments in science and technology that can strengthen your defence.”

Saul Simmonds, a Founding Partner of Gindin Wolson Simmonds Roitenberg, has been practising criminal law since 1980.

He has represented clients in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. Throughout his career, Saul has been called upon as a presenter and panellist for various events. He has published on Charter remedies in criminal law. He has lectured on gang violence; the role of DNA in the courts; disclosure; impaired driving; sexual assault; wiretaps, and other topics of concern in criminal defence law. Saul has many years of experience defending complex drug cases, including recent experience defending people charged under Canada’s 2018 Cannabis Act.

As a passionate advocate for his clients, he vigorously challenges warrants and searches to ensure that no client’s rights have been violated. He is an experienced litigator with deep knowledge of Canadian law, the desire to help clients navigate the complexities of the justice system, and the willingness to explain every stage of the process to his clients with patience and understanding.


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Manitoba, 1980
  • A.J. Christie Prize for Litigation (1979)
  • Solomon Greenberg Litigation Prize (1979)
  • Remedies Prize (1980)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Manitoba, 1977
  • Thomas Grey Chown Scholarship in English Studies (1974)
  • Isbister Undergraduate Scholarship for Highest Standing (1976)
  • Edith Rose Berger Scholarship in Judaic Studies (1977)
  • George Mower Memorial Prize in Psychology (1977)
  • University of Manitoba Gold Medal, Arts General (1977)

Work History

  • 1995–present | Founding Partner, Gindin Wolson Simmonds Roitenberg
  • 1986–1995 | Partner, Walsh Micay and Company
  • 1980–1985 | Associate, Walsh Micay and Company


  • Manitoba Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba (Former President)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Crown Defense Criminal Law Conference (Co-chair)
  • International Society of Barristers (Fellow)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • National College for DUI Defense

Selected Professional Highlights

  • “Top Ten Things Every Lawyer Should Know about Criminal Law”, Webinar Presenter, Law Society of Manitoba (topics included sexual activity, cannabis, and privileged communication) (2019)
  • Delivered a lecture on new impaired driving legislation—covering alcohol and drugs, including cannabis—at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law (2018) 
  • Successfully appealed the conviction of Mark Edward Grant for a 1984 murder by exposing flaws in the DNA evidence originally used to convict him (2017)
  • Among the first recipients of the Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba Award of Merit for excellence in the practice of criminal defence law
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® since 2006, twice earning the publication’s Lawyer of the Year designation 
  • Has defended clients successfully at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada 
  • “Gangs, Violence Crime and the System”, Panellist, Resource Assistance for Youth
  • “Pre-Trials in the Provincial Court System”, Panellist, Provincial Court Judges Conference
  • “Recent Developments in the Law of Impaired Driving”, Presenter, Manitoba Bar Association Criminal Justice Subsection
  • “Defending a DNA Case: Historic Cases and their Issues”, Presenter, Legal Aid Manitoba
  • “Procedures for Challenges under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms”, Presenter, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Judges Conference
  • “Impaired Driving: Defences and the Law”, Presenter, Manitoba Law Society Continuing Legal Education
  • Counsel to seven families in the 1994 inquiry into 12 deaths at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre (Manitoba Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest)

Outside of Law

Saul is a former triathlete and has served in executive positions with Triathlon Manitoba and Triathlon Canada. He twice completed the “Ironman Canada” competition in Penticton, B.C. In 2017, he won the Manitoba Marathon’s half-marathon for his age category. Saul is also an avid cyclist who logs thousands of kilometres every year.

Contact: Saul B. Simmonds, QC


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.

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