Maurice Collard is an experienced and successful criminal defence lawyer who has aggressively defended some of the most high profile cases in Central Alberta and is a founding member of Advocate Law. He began his career as a criminal defence lawyer in Red Deer and then moved to the Crown Prosecutor’s Office as the youngest prosecutor. He became the longest-serving active Crown Prosecutor in Central Alberta.
Prior to law school, Laura Phypers earned a bachelor’s degree and graduated with Great Distinctions from the University of Lethbridge. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Calgary in 2019. Throughout law school, Laura worked with Advocate Law and has quickly become a formidable defence lawyer and a fierce advocate for her clients.
Michelle McBeath graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. Before law school, she worked for several years in the areas of homelessness prevention and employment, and training programs for individuals facing a variety of challenging circumstances, including those seeking housing and employment support after being incarcerated. This experience has helped her successfully defend disadvantaged individuals with compassion and without judgment.
David Reeves was raised in rural Northern Alberta, where he had owned a small oil field construction business and was an active member of his community. Later, David graduated from the University of Victoria with a double major in Greek and Roman Studies and Anthropology and received various academic awards. In 2020, he graduated from the University of Calgary's Juris Doctor program.
Andrew Phypers is one of the founding members of Advocate Law and an experienced criminal defence lawyer. He graduated with an honours degree from the University of Calgary in 2008 and achieved a Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta in 2012. He completed his article in 2013 with Denise Lightning, working in challenging jurisdictions including Maskwacis, Edmonton, and Red Deer.