Meaghan Thomas

Meaghan Thomas

Meaghan Thomas

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Meaghan Thomas has been at Bayne Sellar Ertel Carter since she began her articles in 2009. She was called to the bar in 2010 and has been practicing criminal defense law exclusively ever since. Meaghan has successfully represented people charged with various criminal offences including: drug charges; trafficking; assault and domestic assault; break and enter; theft; fraud; robbery; conspiracy; impaired driving; over 80; and fail to remain.

She appears regularly in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Superior Court and also has a great deal of experience in both the Ottawa Youth and Mental Health Courts. In addition, Meaghan has appeared in both the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal in relation security matters.

Meaghan attended Queen's law and graduated in 2009. While in law school Meaghan worked for the National Judicial Institute, assisting in the development of educational programming for judges, with a focus on evidentiary issues in the criminal context.

In addition to her broad-ranging practice, Meaghan specializes in youth criminal justice and teaches Youth Criminal Justice for the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. Meaghan is a member of the Ottawa Youth Justice Service Network, and the Ontario Bar Association's Child and Youth Law Executive. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Ottawa’s Collaborative Justice Program, advocating for the increased use of this program in youth cases.

In addition, Meaghan is a committee member for Ontario Justice Education Network, which organizes justice education initiatives for youth in the Ottawa area.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2009

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law


  • Queen's University, Faculty of Law, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
    • J.D. - 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ottawa Youth Justice Service Network, Member
  • Ontario Bar Association's Child and Youth Law Executive
  • Criminal Lawyer's Association's Women's Committee, East Region Representative

Past Employment Positions

  • National Judicial Institute