I am a senior lawyer at Savage Oykhman Law (an association of independent practices) and am the Founder of Strategic 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-centred. 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)
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
Drug Offences including Possession and Trafficking
Law Society of Alberta
Law Society of British Columbia
Roster Lawyer, Legal Aid Alberta
Calgary Defence Lawyers Association
Calgary Bar Association
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Calgary (2003)
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Calgary (2006)
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.
Laura Bobyn my lawyer was amazing and so supportive of my case and me. She fought with Tenacity to get my victory. It was amazing to hear how knowledgeable and how her attention to every little detail of my case was shown in her defence! She is the best and I would recommend her to anyone of my colleagues or people in my life! Thank you, Laura!
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I had the pleasure of working and trusting my case with Joseph Beller. I had 2 counts against me, and in the end, Joseph was able to present and use his “fighter skills” in court to have my charges lowered to a conditional discharge. On top of this, this firm follows its mission values statement by being ethical, transparent, available, and very friendly. Joseph and his team treated me with the utmost respect from start to finish. Thank you again, Joseph! I hope to never call you again 😊
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.