I am a Toronto Criminal Lawyer and Canadian Immigration Lawyer with a law practice in Toronto. I graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1986 and was called to the bar in Ontario in 1988.

With over 23 years experience, I represent clients charged with all types of criminal offences and conduct trials in all levels of courts, as well as conviction and/or sentence appeals. I also represent clients at bail hearings, bail reviews and bail pending appeal.

I represent clients in all types of immigration matters, both inside and outside Canada, as well as appeals from various types of decisions of Citizenship and Immigration Canada or the Canada Border Services Agency to the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

I am a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a member of the Toronto Lawyers Association. I have been active with various sections and committees of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario), including: Criminal Justice Section Executive, Immigration Law Section, Joint Committee on Court Reform, Advisory Committee to the Attorney General of Ontario, Annual Institute Committee and the Continuing Legal Education Committee.

I have lectured for various Criminal Law and Immigration Law programs, as well as served as an instructor at Herzing College’s Paralegal Program and the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission Course in Toronto.

In my practice, keeping up with recent developments in the law and procedures is essential to providing quality representation and ensuring desirable results.

Work History

Work History
Apr 1988 - Present


Steven Tress, Criminal & Immigration Lawyer

Steven Tress is an experienced Toronto Criminal Lawyer and Canadian Immigration Lawyer, successfully providing knowledgeable, quality service since 1988.

With over 23 years experience as a Criminal Defence Lawyer and Canadian Immigration Lawyer, your interests are vigorously represented throughout your case, guiding you through every step of the process and thoroughly preparing you for criminal court or immigration hearing appearances.


Sep 1983 - Apr 1986


Osgoode Hall Law School



Professional Profile

  Professional Activities Associations and Activities, Presentations and Publications Practising as a Toronto Criminal Lawyer and Canadian Immigration Lawyer since 1988, Steven Tress is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Toronto Lawyers Association. Prior Associations and Activities Executive Member, Criminal Justice Section, Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) Member, Immigration Law Section, Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) Member, Joint Committee on Court Reform (Criminal) and Advisory Committee to the Attorney General (Ontario) Member, Annual Institute Committee, Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) Member, Legal Aid Area Committee (Toronto, Etobicoke) Chair, Criminal Law Seminar, Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) Co-Chair, Immigration Law Seminar, Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) Senior Supervisor, Refugee Law Research Unit, Osgoode Hall Law School Participating “Judge”, Ontario High School Mock Trial Competition Lawyer Volunteer, Elementary Mock Trial, Ontario Justice Education Network Instructor, Bar Admission Course in Toronto, Law Society of Upper Canada: Professional Responsibility Practice Management Interviewing Skills Advocacy Skills Instructor, Paralegal Course at Herzing College, Toronto Campus: Advocacy Module Supervisor in Co-operative Education Program: Toronto Board of Education Toronto Separate School Board Scarborough Board of Education Peel Board of Education Participant in Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) Speaker’s Bureau, Lecturing: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Law and Government Professional Responsibility Presentations and Publications “Judicial Review”: Presentation given to a seminar on Federal Court Applications, sponsored by the Refugee Lawyers Association, Toronto, February 1995 “Deportation Law – An Overview”: Co-chair and lecturer, a seminar on Deportation Law, sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario), Toronto, October 1992 Contributor to the “Law of Refugee Status”, James C. Hathaway, Butterworths 1991 Contributor to “A Reconsideration of the Underlying Premise of Refugee Law”,  James C. Hathaway, Harvard International Law Journal, 31 Harv. Int’l. L. J. 129 (1990) The Advantage of Retaining a Criminal Lawyer Key Factors That Make a Successful Criminal Defence Lawyer Starting Out As a Criminal Defence Lawyer: Some Advice The Advantage of Retaining an Immigration Lawyer