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Engel & Associates: Criminal Defence Lawyers in Ottawa

If you have been charged with criminal offence, you need aggressive lawyers ready to help you protect your rights and reclaim your life and reputation.


Criminal defence lawyer, Bruce Engel, have represented individuals and businesses charged with hundreds of different offences throughout Canada for more than two decades. From the start of a criminal investigation to the close of a trial, we will take a balanced and forceful approach for your defence. We have the experience and knowledge to effectively navigate the constantly changing justice system in Canada.

Bruce Engel J.D.

Bruce Engel J.D.

Since 1991, Bruce Engel has been dedicated to defending his clients’ rights in criminal court.

“I know that when clients come to me, their liberty, their reputation, and years of their lives are on the line.” Engel thrives on the challenge of defending his clients’ rights no matter what the criminal charge.

Throughout Mr. Engel’s years of experience, he has built an enviable reputation among the Crowns and judges for his tenacity, detailed knowledge of the law, and fair dealing. When he takes these qualities into court or a plea bargain, his voice is heard and respected-to the benefit of his client’s cause.

Mr. Engel values his clients and takes the time to carefully present their options in plain language so that there are no surprises. Armed with the knowledge of what is ahead, Mr. Engel’s clients put their trust in his expertise to carry their case to a positive outcome.

Mr. Engel now has countless wins under his belt at several levels of court, but after 23 years of practice, he’s still driven by the same need to help people that inspired him at law school. “I still want to do the best I can for my client. I take pride in what I do, and I want to do it well.”

Areas of Practice: Criminal Defence
Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)



Kaitlyn graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Carleton University in 2017. Kaitlyn went on to complete her Juris Doctor, graduating from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in 2021. 


Kaitlyn returned to complete her articles with Engel & Associates and joined the firm as an Associate in Spring 2022. She has experience representing clients charged with a wide range of offences, including impaired driving, assault, and drug-related offences. She has assisted in the preparation of a variety of complex criminal cases, including multi-complainant sexual assault trials.


Kaitlyn prides herself on providing a passionate defence for all her clients. She can be reached at 613-235-6324 or by email at



Nick’s passion for criminal defence work drives his practice day in and day out. Nick is a fierce advocate who takes a client-centred and collaborative approach to litigation. He is rigorous in his analysis of every file, and his commitment to protecting the civil liberties of his clients is unyielding.


Nick has a B.A. from Carleton University (highest honours) and a law degree from the University of New Brunswick. During law school, Nick was on the dean’s list and a recipient of the prestigious Frank Covert Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement.


Prior to joining our firm, Nick articled at one of Canada’s top national law firms and was called to the Bar in 2018. After articling, Nick practised labour and employment law and general commercial litigation. His diverse experience provides him with an edge in his defence of all manner of criminal offences.


Nick spends his spare time acting, horseback riding, learning guitar, training in the martial art of muay Thai, and most importantly, spending time with friends and family.

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