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.
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 recently finished her Masters of Law at Western University on the issue of mental health and bail hearings. She is currently a PhD student at Western Law, focusing on drug addiction issues. She is also the Women’s Vice President 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.
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.
Andrea Tredenick has been living in London, Ontario, for the past two years. She grew up in Montreal, Quebec and is fluent in French.
Andrea put herself through school and was one of only a dozen students who were accepted into McGill University’s Law Program without a Bachelor’s Degree. She now has a degree in civil law as well as a degree common law.
Since her acceptance into law school, Andrea has worked hard to give back to the community and advocate for society’s most vulnerable. Her experience includes working at tenants’ rights associations, volunteering at the Innocence Project at McGill, and volunteering with First Nations organizations. Since her call to the Bar, Andrea has practiced exclusively in criminal law, which is a lifelong accomplishment for her – she always wanted to be a criminal lawyer “when she grew up.”
Outside of work, Andrea enjoys reading, music, all things science-fiction, and touring beautiful Southwestern Ontario on the back of her partner’s motorcycle.
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.
Olivia Ross is a newcomer to London. She studied Criminal Justice and Public Policy at the University of Guelph and went on to Conestoga College where she took the Paralegal Program. She has previously worked for defence counsel in Kitchener Ontario where she discovered her passion for criminal law.
When she’s not in the office Olivia enjoys, reading, hiking, and playing board games.
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.