Julia Hunter

Associate Lawyer

About Julia Hunter

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

I have a rich criminal justice background which includes a number of years working in Judges’ Chambers at the Provincial Court of Alberta, and the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service. My familiarity with both court and prosecutions procedures affords me unique insights into criminal law.  Importantly, it enables me to better and more efficiently navigate the justice system as I work to achieve the best possible results for my clients.

Education and Career Path

Although born and raised in Calgary, I moved to Vancouver Island in 2008 and completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Gender Studies from the University of Victoria. I have a particular passion for the pursuit of social and restorative justice. The focus of my work includes giving special attention to how networks of power shape people’s lives, experiences, knowledge and possibilities in relation to Indigenous and racialized identities, class, sexuality, age, ability, mental health and substance use issues.

Following the successful completion of my undergraduate degree, I returned to Calgary after spending some time abroad in 2014 and obtained a Paralegal Diploma with honours distinction. I applied knowledge to practice employed as a judicial assistant at the Provincial Court of Alberta in the Family & Youth division in 2016. This role gave me particular insight into youth criminal matters and how they intersect with family law. I also held a role as a senior legal assistant for the Specialized Prosecutions Branch prior to attending law school. Both of these experiences ignited my passion for criminal law, and led me to pursue a career in this field.

I completed my Law Degree with Honours at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. While living in Belfast, I was employed as Research Advocate for the School of Law and gained valuable insights through work experience with a local human rights and criminal defence firm famously known for heading up the legal team during the Bloody Sunday Inquiry between 1998 and 2004. I was also published in The Verdict – an award-winning publication through the Law Society at Queen’s University Belfast that provides readers insight into contemporary legal and political issues.

In the summer of 2018, I returned to Calgary and interned at the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service. Under the supervision of Crown Counsel, I ran a number of summary conviction trials. This experience has given me a unique insight into the perspective of Crown Prosecutors.

Although I have amassed a significant level of insight and experience working with the prosecution (before and after law school), I knew I didn’t want to be a Crown Prosecutor. I am far more passionate about helping people with their legal problems than securing conviction. Fortunately, those experiences with the prosecution have given me invaluable insight, which in turn enables me to better assist my clients.

Before joining Oykhman Criminal Defence, I had already gained significant experience in defence work by assisting many high-profile cases, including murder, sexual assault, drug trafficking, and criminal appeals. In this role, I further developed my client centered approach, professional work ethic, and highly refined research and written/oral advocacy skills.

How I Can Help

My approach is a client focused one. As a member of Savage Oykhman Law, I will listen to your story and assist you navigating through the stress of the court process. Whatever the circumstances of your offence may be, you can rest assured that you will be treated with compassion and dignity throughout.

Areas of Practice

  • Impaired Driving and Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS)
  • Criminal Driving Offences
  • Domestic Assaults and Violent Crime
  • Drug Offences
  • Theft and Fraud Offences
  • Theft, Mischief and Property Offences
  • Pre-Charge Legal Advice
  • Provincial Traffic Violations
  • Municipal Bylaw Infractions
  • Young Offender Charges


  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Roster Lawyer, Legal Aid Alberta
  • Calgary Defence Lawyers Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Women in Canadian Criminal Defence


  • Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies from the University of Victoria (2012)
  • Paralegal Diploma from Reeves College Calgary (2016)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Queen’s University of Northern Ireland, First Class Honours (2019)

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.


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.