Our Criminal Defence Lawyers

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Darren Mahoney

Airdrie, Calgary, Cochrane

Darren Mahoney graduated from Dalhousie University in 1999 and has pursued Criminal Law as both a Criminal Defence Lawyer and a Crown Prosecutor. Darren began his career in 2000 as a defence lawyer in Halifax/Dartmouth, NS and later as a prosecutor in Yellowknife, NWT. He has prosecuted high profile drug offences and developed his expertise in drug trafficking, criminal procedure, and wiretap law.

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Maurice C. Collard

Red Deer, Stettler

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.

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Andrew D. Phypers

Camrose, Edmonton, Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Ponoka, Maskwacis, Stettler, Wetaskiwin

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.

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Dan Murphy

Edmonton

Dan Murphy has extensive experience as a criminal trial lawyer and has both prosecuted and defended hundreds of criminal law cases across Canada. He spent four years as a prosecutor in Newfoundland and Labrador, acting as the sole prosecutor on the Burin Peninsula where he gained a deep knowledge of criminal law. While in Ontario, Dan practiced exclusively as a criminal trial lawyer, at all levels of court. He practiced in Red Deer as a prosecutor in one of Alberta’s busiest jurisdictions, before becoming a founding partner of Murphy Dolan in 2020.

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Laura Phypers

Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Ponoka, Maskwacis, Wetaskiwin

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.

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William Wister

Edmonton

William Wister has many years of experience as a criminal defence lawyer. He acted as a Chief Prosecutor throughout different regions in Alberta for 31 years. He has also won many awards in his tenure.

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Alex Koustov

Airdrie, Calgary, Cochrane

Alex Koustov received his law degree in 2008 from the University of Saskatchewan. He articled and practiced with McKercher LLP, one of the premier law firms in Saskatchewan, from 2008-2013. He relocated to Calgary in 2014 and resumed an independent criminal and family law practice.

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Joshua Asp

Rocky Mountain House, Ponoka, Maskwacis, Wetaskiwin

Joshua Asp was a commercial pilot from 2000-2008 flying charters and providing flight training. Later on, he had graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Alberta in 2011. While in university for his Economics degree Joshua had earned the Academic and Alumni Award, the Academic Excellence Award, Louise McKinney Scholarship and the Jason Lang Scholarship. Joshua went on to graduate from the University of Alberta law program...

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Jessica Cartwright

Edmonton

Jessica Cartwright gained an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta. She returned to the University of Alberta to obtain her law degree after working in the private sector for several years. Jessica was the President of the Indigenous Law Students Association during her second and third year of Law school.

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Michelle McBeath

Red Deer

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.

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David Reeves

Red Deer

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.

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Tyler Raymond

Edmonton

Tyler Raymond attended Carleton University in Ottawa, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts with the highest honours in Law and Economics. After working for the Government of Canada, Tyler attended law school at the University of Ottawa, receiving his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2016.

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Hannah Volk

Camrose, Red Deer, Ponoka, Maskwacis, Wetaskiwin

Prior to law school, Hannah Volk obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Crime, Law and Justice Studies with Distinctions from the University of Saskatchewan. She later earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan in 2020.

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Darren Tootoosis

Red Deer

Darren Tootoosis obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Native Studies, with a minor in Sociology from the University of Alberta in 2017. Darren graduated from the University of Alberta law program in 2021 and is completing his articles with Advocate Law.

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