Criminal defence attorney Cassandra DeMelo founded DeMelo Law as a means of ensuring that all individuals across London and Southwestern Ontario are represented fairly before the courts. Learn more about the firm below, or contact us to get started immediately.

About Cassandra

Founding Lawyer

Cassandra DeMelo is a native of London, Ontario who is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish. After receiving her undergraduate degree at Ryerson University in Criminal Justice, she returned to her hometown for law school. She received her Juris Doctor from Western University.

After law school, she articled with Lerners LLP. Since being admitted to the Ontario Bar, she has practiced exclusively in criminal law – a life-long aspiration for her. Cassandra is honoured to be serving her hometown as a criminal defence attorney.

Cassandra is currently finishing her Masters of Law at Western University. She is also the Women’s Director for the Criminal Lawyer’s Association. She is on various committees around London, including St. Joseph’s Hospice.

When Cassandra isn’t practicing law, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh, who also owns his own business as a Personal Trainer. They enjoy working out, spending time with their large families, and their dogs, Flex & Jury.

About Katie

Associate Lawyer

Katie Heathcote is a native of Windsor, Ontario. She studied Criminology, Sociology, and French at the University of Windsor, graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Arts. Katie earned a Canadian law degree at the University of Windsor and an American law degree at the University of Detroit Mercy in 2017. In law school, Katie focused her studies in criminal law and volunteered at the Community Legal Aid Clinic where she honed in on her criminal advocacy skills.

Katie worked as an articling student as a well-known criminal defence firm in Windsor, and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in June, 2018. She looks forward to joining the legal community in London and becoming part of the team at DeMelo Law.

Outside of practising law, Katie enjoys travelling, cooking and international cuisine. She also enjoys an active lifestyle and a love for the water. During her free time, she is often found walking her dog, kayaking and paddle boarding on Lake St. Clair.

About Olivera

Office Manager

Olivera Pereira is a newcomer to London, Ontario. After receiving her diploma as a Dental Assistant at George Brown, she specialized in Orthodontics for over 25 years.

Her move to London prompted her to change careers. She fell in love with law and became an integral part of the legal team at DeMelo Law.

When she is not at the office, she enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with her husband, their five children and their large family.

We recognize that every story has more than one side, and we commit ourselves to hearing your side and working with it.

The DeMelo Law Team

Fair Representation in the Courts

Cassandra has a reputation for fighting vigorously for her clients, and for recognizing that a criminal charge does not define an individual.

Community Legal Involvement

Cassandra has worked tirelessly with the Community Legal Services clinic at Western University, as both a student and Review Counsel.

You hope to never need the advice of a criminal defence lawyer. But if you do, you will be glad you called us.