Sonya Shikhman B.A. (Hons), LL.B.


Sonya Shikhman’s commitment to criminal defence began early; she began working closely with an experienced criminal defence lawyer in Toronto when she was still an undergraduate. This experience provided invaluable insight into defence proceedings at many levels of Canadian court. When she enrolled in the Osgoode Hall Law School, she continued to nurture her interest in criminal law by spending her summers as an intern with two of the most prestigious firms in Toronto. During this time, she worked on cases ranging from minor violations of the law to some of the most serious crimes in the Canadian Criminal Code.

While in law school, Ms. Shikhman was an active participant in numerous appellate advocacy competitions, winning the Distinguished Oralist Award in her first year. During her second year, she was one of only four people chosen to represent Osgoode Law School at the Canadian rounds of the International Law Jessup Mooting Competition, where Ms. Shihkman and her partner received an award for the best written memorial (argument) in Canada. By her third year, she was acting as judge in the Undergraduate Appellate Advocacy competition administered by the school.

Upon the completion of her law degree, Ms. Shihkman articled at Adler Bytensky Prutschi, joining the firm in 2007. Today, she manages a considerable roster of cases covering all areas of criminal law, as well as providing support for some of the more complex cases handled by the lead partners in the firm. Ms. Shihkman is fluent in Russian, proficient in Ukranian, and is a frequent guest on the Russian TV show MIX TV, providing detailed legal commentary on many criminal law issues currently in the public eye. She has worked on a number of high-profile cases, and has developed particular expertise in the area of impaired driving; several of her cases have set important legal precedents. She was admitted into the partnership of the firm in 2011.

Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman: Criminal Defence Lawyers On Your Side

The Law Firm of Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman is committed to providing the highest standards of legal defence for individuals and corporations charged with criminal offences. This formidable team of lawyers has decades of combined experience in all areas of criminal law, including conducting trials and arguing cases at all levels of court in Ontario as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada. They also provide legal assistance to other lawyers and firms in a variety of legal fields, such as immigration or family law, when those matters cross the line into the criminal arena.

The firm has established a reputation within the Ontario court system for its commitment to justice and unwavering dedication to professionalism. For a free initial telephone consultation, contact Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman at 5000 Yonge St, Suite 1708, Toronto ON M2N 7E9, or by calling (647) 931-5828.