Hicks Adams LLP Criminal Defence Lawyers




Jessica Zita


Jessica’s passion for criminal law was fostered well before law school when she oversaw the offices of three criminal defence lawyers in Toronto. It was here that she developed her unwavering commitment to defending the rights of the criminally accused.

Once in law school, Jessica’s dedication to helping those in need led her to a variety of volunteer positions. She worked as a caseworker at community legal clinics, educated women on their legal options with Pro Bono Students Canada and served as a junior editor at the Journal of Law and Social Policy at Osgoode Hall. In summer 2014, Jessica was a judicial extern in the chambers of the Honourable Judge Helene N. White at the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Jessica is an alumna of Osgoode Hall’s Criminal Law Intensive, instructed by Vincenzo Rondinelli and the Honourable Justice Joseph Di Luca. As part of the intensive, Jessica spent a semester working at Crown Law Office Criminal, where she focused on appeals. She received numerous awards during her studies at Osgoode Hall, including the Wendy Babcock Social Justice Award, given to those with a demonstrated passion in social justice, as well as Osgoode’s Legal and Literary Society’s Student Honour Award.

As an articling student at Hicks Adams, Jessica focused primarily on appeals and murder trials, junioring at both the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. As a lawyer, Jessica continues to focus on appeals and murder trials, while also representing clients charged with a variety of criminal offences. Jessica vigorously ensures that the law applies equally to everyone.

Outside of law, Jessica’s interests include technology, veganism, biking, music and art. Jessica also currently sits on the board of directors for JusticeTrans, a mobile phone application and website offering free legal information about transgender rights across Canada.