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Welcome to Oykhman Criminal Defence, one of the largest criminal defence teams in 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, across Canada, 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.

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 accessible 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.

Locations:

  • Ottawa, Winnipeg, Kelowna, Vancouver

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

Locations:

  • Saskatoon, Regina

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

Locations:

  • Saskatoon, Regina
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Hi this review is for my lawyer Lisa smart. Lisa thank you for helping me out and for not judging me and my mistakes. I wasn’t good before from all the trauma and that wasn’t me and it made me feel alot better when you said you understand and when you said to just take a breathe and not worry as much because I was in good hands. Because I was in the best hands. I was so scared I was going to go to jail and scared of what would happen to my kids because they need their mom. Thank you for fighting for me and making sure they have a mom and one whose not in jail.

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Lisa was kind and compassionate and did everything she could to ease my fears. She explained the process to me and walked me through all the possible outcomes which really reduced my stress. I can’t thank her enough for not only getting my charges dropped and helping me to move forward past my mistake but also for always making sure I was hanging in there along the way. Anyone who needs a criminal lawyer would be well served in hiring Lisa Smart.

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Lisa is absolutely terrific I would highly recommended her for your lawyer needs. She’s not only passionate and organized she goes above and beyond. Lisa answers all your questions with great detail and explanation. She keeps you updated and never in the dark. If you need a lawyer who will see it through and be on top of everything Lisa is your lawyer.

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Lisa at Oykhman Criminal Defence Law Office is amazing at what she does. She’s got a lot of compassion for her clients, great communication skills, and will actually sit down to listen to what you have to say, she’s willing to lend an ear when needed. I cannot thank Lisa enough for what she has done for us, if you need a lawyer, Lisa is your girl.

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Lisa is so awesome that she didn’t just take away my stress, she straight up made defending my charges fun! strongly considering committing a new criminal offence so I can hang out with her again! Just kidding. Seriously though, if you get charged with something and are thinking ‘shoot I don’t have a guy for that’, then take my word that Lisa Smart at Oykhman Criminal Defence should DEFINITELY be your guy. She’s smart as whip, chill and down to earth and not at all pret

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