Ms. Shamess earned her law degree from the University of British Columbia. She also holds a First-Class Honours Bachelor of Arts in History at McGill University. While at UBC, she worked at the Innocence Project assisting people who claim they have been wrongfully convicted. She also worked and volunteered at Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre & Registry researching and authoring materials for public legal education, and was a finalist in a national trial advocacy competition.
Ms. Shamess completed her articles at Stern Shapray, Criminal Lawyers and practised criminal defence law as a sole practitioner before returning to the firm full time in early 2017.
Ms. Shamess’ practice focuses on defending adults and youths against all types of criminal charges, but also includes representing clients facing Motor Vehicle Act charges, at administrative law hearings including immediate roadside prohibitions, and in civil forfeiture proceedings.
Ms. Shamess is currently one of the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society (CDAS) representatives for Surrey.