About Elena Ryland
I am a criminal defence lawyer practicing with Oykhman Criminal Defence. I am a passionate and fearless advocate for my clients. In every case, I work to find innovative solutions, empower my clients, and advocate fiercely on their behalf.
I received my Law Degree from the University of Alberta, where I focused on Criminal Law and developed my advocacy skills, both inside and outside the classroom. I was an active member of the Student Legal Services Criminal Law Project (SLS), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income individuals navigate the criminal justice system. I was both an in-court advocate, and was promoted to supervise volunteer law students. SLS formed the foundation for my passion and skill in criminal law.
In my first year of law school, I was selected to compete in the Deans’ Cup Moot, a competition for the year’s strongest advocates. In my final year of law school, I represented the University of Alberta in the Gale Cup Moot, a national advocacy competition for criminal and constitutional law.
Before practicing at Oykhman Criminal Defence, I articled at a well-renowned criminal defence firm in Edmonton, where I assisted on many high-profile cases, including murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, and drug trafficking. Since completing my articles, I have practiced exclusively in criminal defence, handling a wide variety of criminal charges including assault, drug offences, property offences, and impaired driving.
I also have previous work experience as a summer student for the Alberta Crown Prosecution Services. This experience has given me a unique insight into the perspective of Crown Prosecutors, enabling me to better assist my clients.
I know that each client has individual needs and interests when it comes to their criminal charges. My varied experiences working in the criminal justice system have allowed me to develop creative and effective solutions for each of my clients. I am thrilled to serve my clients as part of the exceptional team of lawyers at Oykhman Criminal Defence.
Areas of Practice
- Sexual Offences
- Domestic Assaults and Violent Crime
- EPO, Peace Bond and Probation Breaches
- Firearms Offences
- Fraud Under
- Drug Offences including Possession and Trafficking
- Theft, Mischief and Property Offences
- Youth and Young Offender Charges
- Law Society of Alberta
- Roster Lawyer, Legal Aid Alberta
- Calgary Defence Lawyers Association
- Calgary Bar Association
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Calgary, with Distinction (2013)
- Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from University of Calgary, with Distinction (2013)
- Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Alberta (2017)
Michael Oykhman is a very professional lawyer and the first time I spoke to him he asked about my situation and he gave me some very helpful advice and assistance and also told me his odds of winning this case. During the days I was in contact with micheal I could feel the level of professionalism of him and his team, he is able to respond back to you with any questions you have within 24 hours. In the end he was as successful in helping me win my case as he had initially promised me.If you are still struggling to find a lawyer, I highly recommend Michael Oykhman.
Please give yourself a favour and contact Mr. Michael Oykhman if you need any legal advice or if you are in a terrible situation. Even-tough, the odds are not in your favour, still they will go extra miles to help you out in bad situation and get you favourable outcome. Moreover, They will work on your file even after the business hours. I don’t have words to say thanks to Mr. Michael oykhman and Kiran Cheema who had worked on my file and get me out of trouble. I’m very grateful for your assistance and exceptional service. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
I am grateful that Ms. Moira McAvoy was my lawyer, and I remain thankful to her for everything. She made a successful resolution to my case possible. Ms. Moira McAvoy is a professional, trustworthy lawyer, and a compassionate person. She is an excellent listener and knowledgeable of the law. From the start, she was an excellent guide. I did not know anything about the legal system and court, and she outlined everything clearly in advance, so I could understand things. She never rushed me through anything. She spoke clearly, explained everything, considered what I said, and provided options and advice. She kept me up to date on new information, requirements, and deadlines. She was always positive and this helped so much.
Ryan Patmore and his team are simply the best. I was bullied by CPS in 2020 and it landed me with three separate charges, assault, refusal to blow and DUI, which all went down as I was parked at a friends. After some research and a conversation with Michael, he directed me towards Ryan and at the time I didn’t know that would be a game changer in my favour! He is honest, transparent, helpful and a brilliant mind. He successfully appealed my license suspension with ATSB and then proceeded to get the crown to dismiss all my charges before trial. I never had to step foot inside a courtroom. If you are in need of a criminal defence lawyer, don’t think twice, get in touch with this firm and ask for Ryan Patmore! The guy is an absolute saviour.
Joseph Beller, from the very beginning when I first contacted and then retained Joseph as my representative I felt I was in good hands. When I emailed him with a question. I got a prompt response. We communicated often on the phone as needed. Joseph kept me informed as to the process. He made sure I knew all the potential results so I knew and could plan for the different outcomes. I know this his his job. But appreciate his professionalism and also his ability to not make me feel any extra stress. Well done.