dylan finlay

Dylan Finlay, Articling Student


Tel: (403) 266-4440
Cell: (587) 284-4745
Fax: (403) 234-0337
Email: dylanfinlay@so-law.ca


I graduated Law School at the University of Calgary, and am now articling (apprenticing) with Savage Oykhman Law.  At law school, I was heavily involved in Student Legal Assistance, a volunteer student-run legal clinic dedicated to providing legal services to low-income individuals.  This sparked my interest in criminal law and provided me with much more Courtroom experience than the average law-student receives during his or her legal education.  Indeed, during law school I represented over 50 different individuals charged with criminal offences. 

As an articling student, I am always looking for ways to learn more about the criminal law.  During law school I selected courses that focus on criminal law, and have since attended seminars on criminal law.  The legal profession is one where ones learning is never complete, and I intend to absorb as much as possible during my time as an articling student.  The most important thing I have learned thus far in my career is that anyone can be charged with a criminal offence. 

The following are specific achievements I made during law school and during my undergraduate degree:

  • I was elected to be the Student Legal Assistance Trial Coordinator for 2015; responsible for managing ‘Trial Division’
  • I was selected by a faculty committee to be part of the 2016 Gale Cup Moot team
  • At the Gale Cup Moot, I was the top ranked mooter by judges in my individual moot
  • I made the most contribution of any student in my year to ABlawg (The University of Calgary Faculty of Law Blog)
  • I was hired to work for the US Foreign Service at the US Consulate in Toronto

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Michael answered his phone at 10 o’clock at night and he and his associate helped us navigate the intimidating criminal justice system over the next 72 hours. They were available to us 24/7, clearly explained our options at each step and answered all of our questions promptly. It felt like having a guardian angel watching over us. If you have a criminal matter that you need assistance with, this is the man you need to contact.

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I was charged with assault for a minor scuffle. I knew I was in good hands with Michael’s solid legal advice and preparation for my pending case. Because of his knowledge, advice and legal expertise, all charges were dropped. Michael and his team take pride in providing not only the right result, but quality customer service along the way. I heartily recommend Michael Oykhman to anyone seeking legal counsel!

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Disclaimer: All results of cases handled by the lawyer/firm are not provided. The results provided are not necessarily representative of results obtained by the lawyer/firm or of the experience of all clients or others with the lawyer/firm. Every case is different, and each client’s case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits.

Successful Case Results

Break and Enter, Theft Under $5000, Possession of Break-In Instruments, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Charges Withdrawn

Airdrie Provincial Court
Case Number: 23500891

Our client was facing a number of serious criminal charges after it was alleged that he had broken into a home and had stolen a number of items.

Upon being retained we immediately sought disclosure, including a fingerprint analysis. We determined that the identification of our client as the accused could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

We negotiated with the Crown and they withdrew all of the charges.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn

Domestic Assault, Charge Withdrawn

Airdrie Provincial Court
Case Number: 7620521

Our client was charged with assault against his ex-wife. He was also served with an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) that contained several serious allegations.

Once we were retained we immediately sought disclosure and began resolution discussions with the Crown. We found several extreme discrepancies between the allegations in the EPO and what the complainant told police. We used this to challenge the complainant’s credibility, and the assault charge was withdrawn weeks after our client’s first court appearance.

Successful Result: No Criminal Record, Charge Withdrawn

Impaired Driving and Over .08, Charges Withdrawn

Calgary Provincial Court
Case Number: 7519721

Our client drove through a checkstop, indicated he had some drinks that evening, and was noted to have glassy mirrored eyes and a smell of alcohol on his breath.  He failed the roadside breath test, blew .140 on the evidentiary instrument, and was charged with impaired driving and driving over .08.

Once we were retained, we set the matter for trial and filed a motion alleging a violation of our client’s Constitutional rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  Days before trial, we successfully negotiated the withdrawal of all charges.

Successful Result: No Criminal Record, Charges Withdrawn
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Disclaimer: All results of cases handled by the lawyer/firm are not provided. The results provided are not necessarily representative of results obtained by the lawyer/firm or of the experience of all clients or others with the lawyer/firm. Every case is different, and each client’s case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits.