Michael Oykhman

Lawyer

About Michael Oykhman

I am a senior lawyer at Savage Oykhman Law (an association of independent practices) and am the Founder of Oykhman Criminal Defence, a Full-Service Criminal Law firm with central law offices across Western Canada and Ontario. My professional experience consists of countless court appearances and thousands of successful defences and satisfied clients. Over the last 10 years, I have worked to build a law office where all the lawyers share our collective experience, resources, and passion to help people. Our team approach to legal representation is client–rather than only law–centered. We look for opportunities to add value to our clients through strategic thinking and creative solutions.

Not every case is won through trial. In fact, the best results are often achieved through alternative resolution strategies, so that the matter never gets to trial. Although I am trained as a trial lawyer, I prefer to be viewed as a problem solver. My goal is to provide each and every client with the top quality of care and the best result possible.

In my professional legal career, I have successfully defended hundreds upon hundreds of criminal cases. I have appeared at all levels of court in Alberta, including at the Supreme Court of Canada. I am also currently the Advising Lawyer for Student Legal Assistance, a non-profit organization of law students at the University of Calgary dedicated to providing legal services and access to justice to low-income individuals.

Credentials & Associations

As a Criminal Defence Lawyer I am always striving to learn more about my field. The following are the most recent educational and informational conferences in which I have either participated or presented, and the organizations I belong to:

  • University of Calgary Law School Trial Advocacy Annual Instructor – 2017-Present
  • University of Calgary First Year Crime Guest Lecturer – 2016/17/18
  • University of Calgary Law 688 Clinical Practice Guest Lecturer – 2018/19
  • Criminal Defence Lawyers Association Education Director – 2016
  • Student Legal Assistance Criminal Law Boot Camp (Annual Presenter)
  • Student Legal Assistance Impaired Driving Conference (Presenter)
  • Student Legal Assistance Charter Notice Seminar (Presenter)
  • Student Legal Assistance Trial Advocacy Seminar (Annual Presenter)
  • Student Legal Assistance Domestic Violence Defence (Presenter)
  • Court Trial Confirmation Sentencing Presentation (Presenter)
  • Legal Education Society of Alberta Impaired Driving Conference (Presenter)
  • Criminal Defence Lawyers Association Impaired Driving Seminars
  • Criminal Defence Lawyers Association Sexual Assault Seminars
  • 43rd and 45th National Criminal Law Conference
  • Police Interrogation and Evidence Gathering Techniques Seminar
  • Intoxilyzer Breath Alcohol Testing Conference
  • Criminal Trial Lawyers Association Conference
  • Active Member of Calgary Bar Association
  • Active Member of the Criminal Defence Lawyers Association
  • Active Member of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
  • Active Member of the British Columbia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Active Member of the Law Society of British Columbia and Alberta

Education and Awards

I obtained a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Calgary in 2006 with the following distinctions:

  • Crown Association Prize (top grade in first year criminal law)
  • Gale Cup Moot Competition finalist (first ever finalist finish for UofC)

I obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, with a minor in English from the University of Calgary in 2003. Along the way, I received the following distinctions:

  • Suncor Energy Scholarship
  • Louise McKinney Scholarship
  • Jason Lang Scholarship

Areas of Practice

  • Impaired Driving and Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS)
  • Criminal Driving Offences
  • Domestic Assault and Violent Offences
  • Sexual Offences
  • Drug Offences including Possession and Trafficking

Memberships

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Roster Lawyer, Legal Aid Alberta
  • Calgary Defence Lawyers Association
  • Calgary Bar Association

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Calgary (2003)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Calgary (2006)

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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