Joan is a strong advocate for justice and civil rights. Her courtroom manner reflects her solid understanding of the law and her dedication to her clients.
Immediately after she finished law school, she began training with a dynamic criminal law firm where she refined her skills as a defence lawyer.
Over the years, she has worked in all levels of Court in this province, and appears in court every day defending clients against criminal charges. Her communication with you and her advocacy in the courts will help to put your mind at ease as she works through your legal troubles with you.
In 2009, after years of work as a criminal defence lawyer, Joan was awarded a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.
Andre has been a criminal defence lawyer for over 30 years, with a particular focus on drug cases. Because these cases often involve entry into private premises, searches, and seizures of property, he has become expert in Charter of Rights litigation and in challenging unlawful and illegal searches by police.
Other areas where Andre has developed particular expertise are fraud charges and violent offences . He has represented accused persons in a number of high profile homicides.
Articling and being mentored by a criminal defence barrister allowed Andre to concentrate consistently on trial work at both provincial and superior court levels.
Andre has taught advocacy for both the Legal Education Society of Alberta, and the University of Calgary Law School.
For a number of years he was a board member of the national Court Challenges Program
In the late 1980s, he was counsel on the first French jury trial in Western Canada.
Why Choose Us?
- We have never worked for the police.
- We have never worked as Crown Prosecutors.
- We have always known where we stand – right beside our clients, advocating for their rights and for justice.
- Our choices of law school classes; our early training and mentorship by other prominent defence lawyers; and the conferences and seminars that we have attended and taught have made the BOS team the lawyers that other law firms recommend to clients with criminal charges.