Ellen Sutherland

Associate Lawyer

About Ellen Sutherland

I am a Criminal Defence lawyer at Savage Oykhman Law, Edmonton Branch. Savage Oykhman Law is a Full Service Criminal Defence Law Office, with central offices across Western Canada and Toronto.

Practice Philosophy

My litigation style is client-focused.

Often those who are charged with criminal offences feel silenced or ignored by the justice system. My practice is driven by a desire to make my client’s voices heard at every stage of criminal proceedings.

I begin each file with an in-depth meeting to understand my clients’ unique personal circumstances, concerns, and thoughts before we ever step foot into a courtroom. Regular meetings and updates ensure that my clients always know what is occurring in their file and fully understand the court process.

Starting from this basis allows me to personalize your representation from our very first meeting and ensures we achieve the best results possible for your situation.

Education, Accomplishments and Career Path

I received my Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in English Literature with a minor in History from the University of Alberta. During my degree I worked as the editor of the History department’s Constellations magazine, and regularly appeared as a lecturer within the History department and academic conferences.

I attended law school at the University of Calgary. I was heavily involved with the university’s Student Legal Assistance program, guiding marginalized individuals through their legal matters. I went on to serve as the Education Executive of that program for two years, educating student caseworkers in how to offer high quality and informed legal representation.

During law school I received a number of awards including:

  • Scholarship of Merit,
  • Student Legal Assistance Caseworker of the Year Award for Client Advocacy, and
  • Donnel O. Sabey Q.C. Prize in Advocacy Law for Superior Oral Advocacy.

In my second year of law school I summered with the Edmonton Rural Prosecution, gaining valuable experience into how Crown Prosecutors approach charges. I continue to leverage this experience to my client’s advantage in reviewing files and using my positive working relationships with the Prosecution to negotiate and obtain excellent results for my clients.

Throughout law school I worked as a Gladue Report resource writer in preparing sentencing reports for Indigenous individuals. This work underscored my third-year research project into the impact of the most recent Criminal Code amendments on the court’s ability to effectively consider Gladue Reports.

I am a current member of the Alberta Criminal Trial Lawyers Association  (CTLA), CTLA Sub-Committee on Indigenous Incarceration, and I have appeared as a lecturer for Native Counselling Services of Alberta at their annual training session.

Prior to practicing at Oykhman Criminal Defence, I articled and launched my practice at a high-caliber Alberta defence firm where I assisted on serious trial matters including murder, sexual assault, trafficking, and fraud in preliminary inquiries, trials, and jury trials.

How I can Help

I represent clients across Alberta, regardless of their location, both at the Provincial Court and at the Court of Queen’s Bench levels.

I have represented clients in the following practice areas with a high degree of success:

  • Domestic assaults and Violent Crime
  • Sexual Assault and Interference
  • Child Pornography
  • Fraud
  • Firearms and Weapons Offences
  • Trafficking and Simple Possession
  • Impaired Driving and Provincial (IRS) Appeals
  • Fraud and Property Offences
  • Young Offenders
  • Parole Board Hearings

I will represent any client on any charge. Whatever the circumstances you find yourself in, I am pleased to offer a personalized approach to your charges.

If you have been charged with an offence, expect to be charged, are seeking independent legal advice, or are simply unsure of what your legal options are, contact me for a free and flexible legal consultation, be it by video, over the phone, or in person.

Areas of Practice

  • Domestic assaults and Violent Crime
  • Sexual Assault and Interference
  • Child Pornography
  • Fraud
  • Firearms and Weapons Offences
  • Trafficking and Simple Possession
  • Impaired Driving and Provincial (IRS) Appeals
  • Fraud and Property Offences
  • Young Offenders
  • Parole Board Hearings

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in English Literature with a minor in History from the University of Alberta.
  • Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of Calgary

Media Related

Client Reviews

Danielle was incredibly professional and effective in the defense of my case. But more than that, she really listened and tried to help me personally. She was kind, honest and open when it came to my specific situation. I appreciate her sense of humanity. It wasn’t just a paycheck. She made me feel like I’m worth it and my life is worth it. Thank you for caring and for putting in the effort Danielle!! I couldn’t have done this on my own.

R.M.

I found myself charged with crimes I couldn’t understand. Danielle heard of my predicament and offered to take the case with a payment arrangement that I could manage. Her friendly professionalism helped ease my nerves and her confidence that she could help put this matter behind me was unshakeable. The end result was I still have a clean record and faith that there is help available for those who need it.

C.M.

Danielle Boisvert was my lawyer and I appreciate her professionalism and speedy responses. Danielle made me feel very comfortable throughout the whole process and gave me the confidence that things would be taken care of. In no time at all Danielle told me the good news that she had successfully withdrawn my charges. Please contact Danielle Boisvert if you are facing criminal charges, you will not be disappointed!

B.

Anny Wang was my defence attorney. I had never been in trouble with the law before but I found myself facing criminal charges. I had no idea what to do or what was going on. She took the time to explain everything to me and made time to answer my many questions. I took her advice at every turn and made me feel a lot better about going to trial. I felt prepared and knew what to expect. She got all the charges dropped just like she had predicted. She did an amazing job in court and out. I highly recommend Anny Wang to anyone facing criminal charges and needing legal counsel. Thanks again Anny Wang for everything you did!

H.

Amazing service, professional and couldn’t ask for better results. Anny Wang was very clear about the process and thoroughly explained it. Was able to have my charges withdrawn, again amazing. Highly recommend Anny to anyone facing a criminal charge as she’s great to have in your corner when entering the court system for your first time. Thank you again Anny Wang!

S.B.
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