Experience. Integrity. Trust.
A Team Of Criminal Defence Attorneys

We use a tenacious, creative and strategic approach to fighting criminal charges including:

Our Experience – 55+ Years Of Criminal Law Experience

Being charged with a criminal offence is overwhelming. You could be facing a lifelong criminal record, jail or other heavy penalties. You're under stress. You have a lot at stake. We understand. In such a difficult spot, nothing is more important than having experience on your side.

At Der Barristers, we have the unique experience of knowing criminal law from both sides – defence and prosecution. As former Crown prosecutors, our lawyers have years of experience in criminal defence, trials and appeals, at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Senior lawyer Balfour Der, Q.C., alone, has represented over 4,000 clients and in his ten years as a prosecutor, handled hundreds of cases as a senior trial and appeals counsel. This extensive experience and proven track record equip us to fight any type of criminal charge, not only in Calgary, Alberta, but anywhere in Canada.

Our Advantage – 360° Insight As Former Crown Prosecutors

Before transitioning to defence attorneys, we spent years on the other side of the courtroom as Crown Prosecutors. Being able to look at a case from both sides gives our clients a distinct advantage.

Backed by this dual experience, we know how to face every type of criminal and regulatory offence. From the most minor to the most serious and high profile of charges, we have the experience to handle the case. Whatever the offence, we recognize it is a serious matter for our clients, so we approach each case with one goal: providing the most effective defence possible.

Our Reputation: Sought-After Media Commentators

Media Appearances

Led by senior attorney, lecturer and legal author Balfour Der, our legal team has built a solid reputation with clients, colleagues and the media.

Television networks, newspapers, online publications and media frequently seek our commentary about our own and other high-profile criminal cases. It's a showcase that underscores our depth and breadth of experience and insights into criminal law.


Balfour Der, Q.C., - Creating An Effective Team of Defence Lawyers

Admitted to the Bar in 1980, Balfour Der has practiced exclusively in the area of criminal law.  First as a prosecutor, and since 1990 as a defence attorney.  Having been involved in thousands of criminal cases from both sides has provided the experience to recognize what is required to effectively defend virtually every type of charge.  With that background, Mr. Der has assembled a team of lawyers who are committed to the same high standards he has set for himself.

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