Careers

Welcome to Oykhman Criminal Defence, one of the largest criminal defence teams in Western Canada. Our lawyers have over 60 years of combined legal experience and have defended clients in over 10,000 criminal cases.

We are seeking candidates for the following positions.

We are seeking a driven and ambitious criminal lawyer to join our law firm as a Regional Managing Partner and practicing lawyer in the following locations.

  • Ottawa
  • Winnipeg
  • Vancouver
  • Kelowna

If you’ve ever considered starting your own office, but have stressed about how to do it, and whether you will have the client base to sustain the practice, this is the ideal model for you. In your region, you will be responsible for running and managing a full-service criminal law practice under the Oykhman Criminal Defence national umbrella organization. As a regional partner, you will enjoy the freedom of being your own boss, but also the security of the legal, management, and marketing resources of the broader organization.

As a regional managing partner, you will be responsible for all aspects of the client representation, from responding to initial calls or emails for representation to issuing closing letters and statements of account.

Further, you will be responsible for managing the firm’s operations including hiring and mentoring staff, managing billing and accounting, providing exceptional customer services to new and existing clientele, and collaborating with our centralized marketing team.

To excel in this role, you  must possess a passion for criminal law and an ability to work well with all criminal justice system participants.  Strong management and organization skills are essential, as well as an ability to work Independently.

Responsibilities:

  • Establish the financial strategy of the law firm by adequately distributing funds across the company, monitoring the monthly budget, anticipating requirements and trends, and evaluating the results.
  • Remain responsive and accesisble to existing and prospective clients
  • Conduct research and analyze a case to determine a probable outcome and devise an effective strategy to defend your client/s in court.
  • Interpret laws for clients and help them to understand their legal options.
  • Aim to resolve cases as quickly and favourably as possible.
  • Represent clients at all stages of the court process.
  • Present evidence to a judge and/or jury should the case go to trial.
  • Prepare and draft legal documents, including legal briefs and appeals.
  • Negotiate plea bargains and resolutions
  • Maintain a current knowledge of changes and new developments in the legal field.
  • Conduct yourself in an ethical and professional manner at all times.

Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor law degree from an accredited law school.
  • Compliance with local, provincial, and federal laws.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong critical thinking and research skills.
  • Excellent decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and with a team .
  • Occasional travel required.

Compensation:

  • Lucrative profit share agreement.
  • Continuous learning and skills development.
  • Access to collective legal, management, operations, and organizational resources
  • Opportunity to increase your revenue through the management of associate lawyers.

We are seeking a driven and ambitious criminal lawyer to join our law firm. You will be responsible for representing clients in a wide range of criminal cases, interpreting laws and advising clients about their legal rights and options, conducting thorough research, and presenting evidence in court.

To excel in this role, you will display a passion for criminal law, a strong understanding of litigation strategies, and exceptional public-speaking skills. You should also show compassion toward your clients and conduct yourself in a professional manner, irrespective of the crime they have been accused of. Previous experience as a criminal lawyer is advantageous.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research and analyze a case to determine a probable outcome and devise an effective strategy to defend your client/s in court.
  • Interpret laws for clients and help them to understand their legal options.
  • Aim to resolve cases as quickly and favourably as possible.
  • Represent clients at arraignments, hearings, and court trials.
  • Present evidence to a judge and/or jury should the case go to trial.
  • Prepare and draft legal documents, including legal briefs and appeals.
  • Negotiate plea negotiations, punishments, and settlements.
  • Undergo ongoing training to stay updated about changes and new developments in the legal field.
  • Conduct yourself in an ethical and professional manner at all times.

Requirements:

  • At least +5 years working as a criminal defence lawyer.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Juris Doctor law degree from an accredited law school.
  • Experience may be preferred.
  • Comply with local, provincial, and federal laws.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong critical thinking and research skills.
  • Excellent decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and with a team of attorneys.
  • Occasional travel required.

Compensation Range:

  • $40,000 – $50,000 base salary, depending on qualifications and level of experience
  • Performance-based profit share

Start Date: Immediately

We are looking to hire a legal administrative assistant with exceptional administrative and research skills. Legal administrative assistants are expected to work comfortably under pressure with tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

To ensure success, legal administrative assistants should be detail-oriented, exercise sound judgment and must have exceptional written and verbal communication skills with a keen interest in providing purposeful support to lawyers and paralegals. Top candidates will be familiar with key legal principles and possess incredible accuracy, strong IT skills and excellent time management.

Key functions of the job would include:

  • Communicating with new and existing clients by telephone, email, and in person.
  • Daily record keeping with electronic and hard copy filing of documents.
  • Obtain relevant information from other organizations or agencies.
  • Create and organize information, and generate reference tools for easy use by the office.
  • Prepare and format legal and management reports.
  • Maintain and update databases and tracking systems.
  • Respond to all case-related queries.
  • Ensure efficient and effective administrative information and assistance.

For more information about this excellent opportunity, or to apply for this position, please send your resume in confidence to: reception@SO-Law.ca and put “administrative assistant” in the subject line. In your response, please include your resume and references if available.

Compensation Range:

  • $36,000 – $40,000, depending on qualifications and level of experience

Start Date: Immediately

Client Reviews

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.

R.W.

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.

Y.

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.

C.S.

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.

A.P.

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.

N.B.
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