Our Team

Each member of the SBK – Defence team brings their own specialty and insight to your case. We know the difficulties a criminal case can bring to your life and it is that understanding, combined with the hard edge of criminal case law knowledge, which will make all the difference in your representation.

Robert E. Simmonds, QC (Counsel)

Bobrsimmonds@sbkdefence.com
T: 709.739.4141
F: 709.739.4145

Robert Simmonds received his LL.B. from Dalhousie University in 1979 and a Bachelor of Commerce (First class honours) from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1976 where he received the University Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. Mr. Simmonds was called to the bar in 1980 and practiced as a Crown Attorney with the Department of Justice from April 1980 to May 1983. From 1983 to 1984 Mr. Simmonds was Executive Director – Legal with Johnson Insurance. From 1984 to 1997 Mr. Simmonds practiced law with a number of firms in Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Simmonds received and honorary Doctorate of Laws in the 2013. Since 1997 Mr. Simmonds has been the Managing Partner of the St. John’s firm which he founded, Simmonds Kennedy. His areas of practice are criminal law, disciplinary proceedings and litigation.

In 2001 Mr. Simmonds was appointed as Queen’s counsel. During the years 2000 to 2004 Mr. Simmonds was a member of the Advisory Committee on Federal Judicial Appointments for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. In November 2008 Mr. Simmonds accepted the position of Chairperson of the Board of Regents of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. He was awarded the designation of Best Lawyers in Canada specializing in criminal law for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Mr. Simmonds has also been awarded several community based awards including the Humanitarian Service Award from the John Howard Society whose goal it is to understand and respond to problems of crime and the criminal justice system.

Rosellen Sullivan

Rosiersullivan@sbkdefence.com
T: 709.739.4141
F: 709.739.4145

Rosellen Sullivan was born in St. John’s. She graduated from University of Ottawa in 1995 with a Master’s of Criminology and from Dalhousie Law School in 1998. Rosellen worked with the Department of Justice until 2006. She was Junior Inquiry Counsel to Commissioner Antonio Lamer at the Lamer Inquiry which examined three wrongful convictions in Newfoundland and Labrador. Her work on the Inquiry led to a keen interest criminal defence law, which she pursued in 2006 when she joined Robert Simmonds, QC. She is also a former member of the Board of Regents at Memorial University.

Erin Breen

Erinebreen@sbkdefence.com
T: 709.739.4141
F: 709.739.4145

Erin Breen was born and raised in St. John’s and is a graduate of Gonzaga High School, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of New Brunswick Law School. Erin began practicing criminal defence law in 2003 with Robert Simmonds Q.C. and has since focused on CDSA and Charter defence. Erin has volunteered with the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC), a national non-profit organization based in Toronto dedicated to the identification and rectification of wrongful murder convictions and continues to review local potential wrongful conviction cases pro bono. Erin also volunteers on the Board of Directors of MacMorran Community Centre in St. John’s.

Mike King

Mikemking@sbkdefence.com
T: 709.739.4141
F: 709.739.4145

Mike King did his undergraduate studies at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He graduated from Memorial University in 2000 and went on to the University of New Brunswick Law School in Fredericton, New Brunswick, from where he graduated in 2003.

Mike began his career as a Crown prosecutor, where he articled until his call to the Bar in 2004. In 2006 he joined Collins & Associates in 2006 and was with that firm until he joined SBK – Defence in January 2013. He has concentrated in the areas of criminal law and personal injury.

Mike has represented clients at various levels of court, including Provincial Court of NL, Supreme Court of NL (Trial Division), Supreme Court of NL (Family Division) and Supreme Court of NL (Court of Appeal). He is currently the Chair of the Criminal Justice section of the Canadian Bar Association – NL Branch.

Ellen O’Gorman

Elleneogorman@sbkdefence.com
T: 709.739.4141
F: 709.739.4145

Ellen O’Gorman received a Juris Doctor from The University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Law in 2013 after completing her studies in St. John’s at Memorial University and Gonzaga High School. She has appeared at all levels of court in the Province, as well as a number of administrative tribunals. Ellen was delighted to join the firm in 2015, focusing her practice on criminal and regulatory offenses, family law and child protection matters.

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Janet Wight

jwight@sbkdefence.com
T: 709.739.4141
F: 709.739.4145

Janet Wight was born and raised in Rocky Harbour in the heart of beautiful Gros Morne National Park. Janet graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts and from the Graduate Centre of Applied Technology with a graduate program in Information Technology. Janet has been an active team member with SBK – Defence as our Office Manager and Commissioner of Oaths, since 2002. Janet fills many roles as Office Manager but does one best: keeping us all in line. She runs our office with clockwork precision and efficiency and keeps everything running as it should.

Nancy Gulliver

ngulliver@sbkdefence.com
T: 709.739.4141
F: 709.739.4145

Nancy Gulliver was born and raised in St. John’s. Nancy graduated from Prince of Wales Collegiate and College of the North Atlantic with a diploma in Legal Office Administration. Nancy has been an active team member with SBK – Defence in the role of Legal Assistant/Receptionist and Commissioner of Oaths, since 2008. Nancy is the smiling face greeting you when you visit our office and welcoming voice when you call. She provides administrative assistance and support to our team and clients.