Moira McAvoy

Associate Lawyer

About Moira McAvoy

I am an Associate Lawyer at the Full-Service Criminal Law Firm of Savage Oykhman Law practicing exclusively in Criminal Defence.

I obtained a Juris Doctor (JD) from Bond University in 2017, graduating with First Class Honours. During law school I was awarded several academic awards, including ‘First in Class’ for Criminal Law and Procedure. After law school, I completed the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) exams in 2018 and commenced my articles shortly thereafter. I was called to the Bar in Alberta in September 2019.

During my articles, I was fortunate to work at not one, but two, of the best criminal law firms in Calgary. I finished my articles at Savage Oykhman Law, under the personal guidance and supervision of the senior partner in the firm, Ian Savage. Although I assist clients on a broad range of criminal matters, I have a strong focus on impaired driving cases and Alberta Administrative License Suspension (AALS) appeals. Thanks for the mentorship of senior counsel in the firm, I have been able assist with hundreds of impaired driving trials and license appeals. I am confident I am well trained to identify Charter breaches and triable issues in impaired driving cases, as well as other areas of criminal law.

My legal training thus far also provided me with valuable court room experience, allowing me to become a fierce advocate for my clients, in and out of the courtroom. Further, I understand the unique situation that each client faces when charged with a criminal offence and I am flexible and creative when obtaining positive results for my clients. Know that I always give 100% to whatever I do. Whether it be competing in Canadian National Championships as a synchro swimmer, or fighting to get my clients the best result possible, I don’t give up.  Likewise, I never stop learning. I am a member of, and participant in, the Criminal Defence Lawyers Association, taking every opportunity to learn about the latest cases, defences, and strategies.

When I’m not in court or at the office working on my clients cases, you can find me volunteering with Calgary Legal Guidance, or coaching young athletes through the Artistic Swimming community.

Areas of Practice

  • Impaired Driving and Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS)
  • Criminal Driving Offences
  • Domestic Assaults and Violent Crime
  • Provincial Traffic Violations
  • Municipal Bylaw Infractions
  • Youth and Young Offender Charges
  • Theft, Mischief and Property Offences
  • Animal Cruelty Offences


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


  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Victoria (2015)
  • Juris Doctor (JD) from Bond University, First Class Honours (2017)

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.