The Der Barristers Team

The Der Barristers Team

Every person is entitled to basic human rights and freedoms. For individuals charged with a crime, this starts with a fair trial and the best chance at proving one\’s innocence.

Der Barristers exists to champion the cause of those who are in dire need of an effective, high-quality defence. We are located in Calgary, but we serve clients in Red Deer, Lethbridge, throughout Alberta, and other parts of Canada.

Former Crown Prosecutors — Our Key To A Comprehensive Defence

Experience is a prime reason why clients seek our representation. We have a solid track record, but also the ability to analyze criminal cases from both sides of the courtroom.

As former Crown Prosecutors, we know the other side thoroughly. We\’ve used their tactics. We have firsthand experience shouldering the burden of proof and obtaining convictions. Now as defence lawyers, we leverage this advantage in tenacious pursuit of the most effective defences possible.

Get to know our lawyers better by following the links below:

Balfour Der, K.C.

Balfour Der has been described by the Calgary Herald as \”arguably Calgary\’s top defence counsel.\” He has consistently received the preeminent 5 out of 5 peer rating from lawyers…

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Lisa Burgis Der                                                                         

You will not find a more experienced and well-regarded female criminal defence lawyer in Calgary than Lisa. Lisa became a lawyer in 1997 and since then has practiced exclusively in the area of criminal law…

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James Mcleod

James was born in Calgary, but was raised in Okotoks. He attended the University of Calgary to complete his undergraduate degree in Political Science, and then obtained his J.D. from Thompson Rivers University Law in Kamloops, BC….

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Diversity Across The Full Spectrum Of Criminal Defence

Diversity characterizes every facet of our practice. Our clients come from all walks of life — from youngsters to senior citizens, corporate executives to blue-collar workers, private individuals to high-profile public figures. Senior attorney Balfour Der, alone, has worked with over 4,000 clients in his decades-long career.

Now, he leads a high-performance team of lawyers committed to generating creative criminal defence solutions. We have fought cases at every level — right up to the highest court in the country. There is virtually no area of criminal law in which we have not been involved.

Experience, Integrity And Trust — The Bedrock Of Our Practice

As professionals dedicated to advancing the law, we\’re passionate about upholding strong values. We practise integrity in all we do. We cultivate relationships of trust — with colleagues and clients alike. We use insight, life experience and emotional intelligence to humanize the often tough and relentless area of criminal law.

With over 55 combined years of experience and a solid reputation in the media and legal field, we place high-quality criminal defence into the hands of those who need it most — our valued clients.

Contact Our Firm

To arrange a confidential consultation, call our office at 403-234-8824 or email us for an appointment.

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2650, 645 – 7th Ave S.W.

Calgary, Alberta T2P 4G8

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