Ian Savage, Lawyer

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Fax: (403) 234-0337  Email: iansavage@so-law.ca

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About Ian Savage

I am the senior criminal defence lawyer at Savage Oykhman Law (an association of independent law practices). Together with Oykhman Criminal Defence law, we are a Full Service Criminal Defence Law Office, with central offices in Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto. 

I have dedicated the last 25 of my 30 years practicing law to Criminal Law exclusively.  In that time, I have personally successfully defended thousands of people across Alberta and Saskatchewan.  Few lawyers have had the ability and honour to help such a wide range of people in need, and I’m proud to be among them.  I apply this accumulated wealth of successful experience to every case and every client. 

In my career, I have appeared at all levels of Court in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and at the Supreme Court of Canada.  The long list of reported cases in which I have appeared have helped shape the developing law surrounding the “right to counsel” and “search and seizure” in Alberta and perhaps across Canada. 

Beyond the courtroom, I constantly strive to remain at the forefront of new legal developments in criminal law.  To that end, I have presented at (or attended) numerous legal conferences, including the following;

  • Co-Chair, Criminal Defence Lawyers Association Seminar, “Send Lawyers, Guns And Money: Hot Topics For Stone Cold Lawyers Part 2” (Calgary), May 2015
  • Co-Chair and Presenter, Criminal Defence Lawyers Association Seminar, “Sex, Drugs and Alcohol: Hot Topics For Stone Cold Lawyers” (Calgary), June 2014
  • Co-Chair and Presenter, Criminal Defence Lawyers Association Seminar,  “(Don’t) Just Tell Me What I Want To Hear: Police Interrogation and False Confessions” (Calgary), June 2013, 
  • Presenter, Legal Education Society of Alberta, “Blood Sweat and Tears” (Edmonton), March 2013
  • Co-Chair, Presenter and Panelist, Legal Education Society of Alberta, “Impaired Driving – The Changing Landscape” (Calgary), September 2012 –Papers:   * “Care and Control – The Twilight Zone of Impaired Driving Law”
  • Presenter, Legal Education Society of Alberta, “Law and Practice Update” (Edmonton), November 2011
  • Presenter and Panelist, Legal Education Society of Alberta, “Criminal Law Boot Camp” (Calgary), May 2010
  • Presenter and Panelist, Legal Education Society of Alberta, “Impaired Driving” (Calgary and Edmonton), June 2006
  • Presenter and Panelist, Legal Education Society of Alberta, “Impaired Driving” (Calgary and Edmonton), March 2003
  • Instructor, Legal Education Society of Alberta Bar Admission Course, Various Criminal Law Topics, 2000 – 2005
  • Participant, Calgary Police Service Recruit Class Mock Trial Program, 2000 – 2005
  • Informal Advisor on Impaired Driving  and Annual Seminar Presenter, Student Legal Assistance, University of Calgary Faculty of Law, 2000 – present
  • Occasional Coach and Volunteer Judge, University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, Moot Court and Mock Trial Program, 1995 – 2000
  • Part-time Instructor, Mount Royal College Department of Criminology, Adult Learning Programs, Drumheller and Calgary, 1993 – 1995, 1997
  • Author, “Systemic Discrimination and Section 15 of the Charter”, Vol. 50:1 Saskatchewan Law Review (1985 – 1986)
  • Student Editor-in-Chief, Saskatchewan Law Review, 1985 – 1986

Perhaps most notably, I am currently the president of the Criminal Defence Lawyer’s Association (Calgary), and have been so since 2013.  In my capacity as president I am fortunate to have access to—and some influence over—the inner workings of the court system and processes, as well as being able to help shape the latest plans and policies that affect accused persons across the whole province.  My unique position means I am frequently called upon by print, radio, and TV media to comment on headlines and issues surrounding criminal law.  A recent cross-section of such commentary is as follows:

I am not just a lawyer. I am also passionate about the broader community, actively participating in the arts, sports, and other philanthropic endeavors.  But above all, my primary calling and responsibility is to my clients.  I see my role as not only giving people a second chance, but also protecting them from the oppressive power of the state.  I pride myself in zealously defending my client’s constitutionally protected rights to the fullest, no matter how difficult the case.  In every case, my primary focus is on finding and employing every angle and every available defence.  I can’t promise the best bedside manner, but I can promise I will vigorously defend your case to the fullest extent of the law.

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David Prosser
14:42 08 Mar 20
After two years of dealing with Greg Janzen on my charges I have nothing but the highest regard for the... professionalism, expert knowledge, guidance, and personal courtesy. I would highly recommend him to my closest friends and family. A great job well done. Thank you.read more
Haifaa Rofail
Haifaa Rofail
23:06 05 Mar 20
5 stars, Everything worked out very well, very timely in dealing with my matter. All responses fromGreg Janzen and his... assistant where professional and helpful. I would highly recommend him. A really good lawyer ! Very happy with my outcome. All my charges was withdrawn.read more
Josh Hawryluk
Josh Hawryluk
01:24 27 Feb 20
Very satisfied of the service I received getting off my charge. Looking for a criminal lawyer? Theses are the guys, I... did not have to appear in court, I only had to make one visit to the office, and the rest was all handled my by lawyer (Elaine). They did an awesome job for me and excellent customer service,read more
Marty Maksymetz
Marty Maksymetz
02:51 31 Jan 20
I highly recommend going with this team. From the moment that I stepped into their offices, I knew that I was in good... hands. I had the privilege of working with Elena Ryland as my attorney and I couldn't be happier. She was extremely professional and well-educated on the subject matter. She was able to negotiate a deal that favoured all parties involved.read more
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jay xu
01:06 29 Jan 20
Words cannot express my gratitude to Michael, he helped me out of a difficult situation and resolved the matter... unbelievably quick. Michael provided quick professional insight, and showed great compassion working to resolve my matter over the past year. The knowledge, experience, and compassion Michael is clearly the best in Calgary. Michael also has a vast network of grade A lawyers and recommended a fantastic criminal lawyer to help me with my case. I would highly recommend his services.read more
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R G
18:39 11 Dec 19
I got in touch with Michael Oykhman directly based on the complexity of the legal matters I was facing. He was... incredibly professional and gave me a great deal of confidence and knowledge that it would be handled to his best efforts. The results were exactly that, the best desired outcome and a huge weight taken off me during a dark time. I would highly recommend Michael and his team to anyone looking for the best outcome possible!read more
Jessica Rafuse
Jessica Rafuse
22:50 15 Nov 19
I was first able to speak to Michael Oykhman himself and felt understood and confident that his staff would take care... of my legal matters. I am happy to report that not only have my matters been resolved but they were exactly in line with my desired outcome. I never felt like I had to compromise my position regarding the events that lead to needing legal services. While my initial junior associate couldn't oversee my file to completion, my gratitude goes to Greg Janzen who took on my case midway through and advocated for me and saw my charges withdrawn in a timely matter. Greg went the extra mile to show up for my appearances even when they were outside the initial legal matter at hand, which surprised me and made my life so much easier. I was out of province for 5 months of the year and thanks to Greg was able to focus on my priorities instead of being limited and interrupted. If your considering a lawyer or in doubt about the value of legal services, do yourself a favor and consult this firm. While there are many names to consider, if you find yourself needing criminal defense lawyers, I am so thankful I made the decision to have this firm represent me.They have been supportive, understanding and expedient. I also saved money and appreciated that I wasn't hit with hidden fees and wasn't footing a bill that was inflated or unwarranted. You definitely get great value! I also super appreciated the face time and timely communication at each turn. Not only were my charges withdrawn but so too were my fingerprints and photos with police destroyed so it's like nothing ever happened. A dream come true. Excellent customer service from start to finish on top of the legal support! Thank-you all so much, and while I hope not to need you in the future, I know I will be in good hands and will refer anyone in similar circumstances to your firm in the future. Cheers!read more
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