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.

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.

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.

The Der Barristers Team

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.

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…

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

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….

David, an Associate at Der Barristers, is a dynamic member of the team who has cultivated a reputation for relentless dedication and a keen understanding of the law. Born and raised in Toronto, David moved to Calgary during his formative years.
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