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Peter Beach

Criminal Lawyer

Peter Beach was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn London in 1970.

From 1970 to 1973 he took a Master’s degree in Criminology at the University of Ottawa where he was also President of the Student Federation.

He practiced as a barrister in London from 1974 to 1982, conducting many jury trials including appearing at the Old Bailey. He is still a member of the English Bar.

He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1984 and has practiced here in criminal law ever since.

He is a member of Defense Counsel Association of Ottawa, Criminal Lawyers Association, County of Carleton Law Association, the Advocates’ Society and l’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario.

Marni Munsterman was born and raised in Southwestern Ontario.

She moved to Ottawa to attend University of Ottawa in 1991 where she graduated in 1995 cum laude with an honors degree in Criminology and concentration in Psychology. She graduated from Law School at University of Ottawa in 1998.

Marni Munsterman articled at a general service firm in Ottawa but her passion has always been criminal defense work.

Marni Munsterman was called to the bar in February 2000.

Marni Munsterman taught for the Criminology department at the University of Ottawa from 2001-2007.

Marni Munsterman has been practising with Mr. Beach since 2001.

Marni Munsterman practises all areas of Criminal Law and Provincial Offences. She has been doing so exclusively since 2002. Marni Munsterman represents adults and youths before the criminal courts on all types of criminal charges.

Marni Munsterman practices with a strong emphasis on clients with mental health issues. Marni Munsterman appears regularly before the Ontario Review Board to represent clients. She is also a member of the panel qualified to represent clients before the Consent and Capacity Board.

Marni Munsterman represents clients in Ottawa and throughout the Eastern Region and appears regularly in Ottawa, Pembroke, Renfrew and Killaloe.

Marni Munsterman

Criminal Lawyer

Sarah Starkie

Criminal Lawyer

Sarah is an associate at the firm who is dedicated to getting the best possible outcome for her clients. She knows that hard work and preparation are the keys to success. Sarah represents youth and adult clients in Ottawa, and throughout the Eastern Region, at all levels of court. She has a particular interest in assisting offenders in the Mental Health, Youth, and Gladue Courts. Regardless of the charge, Sarah brings her years of experience and passion for criminal law to every client, and provides them with a thorough and strategic defence.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, with a minor in Political Science from Carleton University in 2008. She graduated with highest honours and was awarded the Senate Medal of Honour for academic achievement. Subsequently, Sarah attended law school at the University of Ottawa and received her Juris Doctor in 2011, graduating magna cum laude. While at law school, Sarah received the prize for the highest grade in the Criminal Law and Procedure course.

Prior to being called to the bar in 2012, Sarah articled at Foord Davies LLP, and worked there part-time for almost four years throughout her undergraduate and law school studies. During this time, Sarah assisted senior counsel with preparation for bail proceedings, Charter Applications, complex trials and difficult sentencing hearings before both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice, in addition to assisting with the preparation of numerous appeals before the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Since beginning her own practice in 2012, Sarah regularly assisted clients with bail hearings and difficult trials before the Ontario Court of Justice, as well as negotiating delicate resolutions in appropriate cases. Sarah joined Beach & Munsterman, Associates in May, 2013. She assists Peter Beach with more serious files on an ongoing basis.

Sarah is actively involved in the local criminal defence bar. She currently holds the position of Junior Director with the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa, and participates on a number of courthouse and organizational committees in that capacity. She is a member of the Defence Counsel Association and Criminal Lawyers Association. Sarah participates in a mentorship program through the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Common Law. She also teaches Legal Research at Algonquin College.

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