Areas of Expertise
  • Drug Charges
  • Gun Charges
  • Criminal Organization Charges
  • Sex Assault Charges
Education
  • Simon Fraser University, BA, Burnaby, BC
  • University of Ottawa, Law Degree, Ottawa, ON
Associations
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa
  • Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyers Association
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
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About Yoav Niv

I am a lawyer operating in Calgary and Ottawa, representing clients on criminal, quasi-criminal, and regulatory charges at both the trial and appeal level.

My criminal defence practice operates under the philosophy that all individuals are presumed innocent and have the right to a dedicated defence and a fair trial. I also assist individuals and institutional clients in the areas of civil litigation, insurance claims, and environmental/health regulation violations.

I immigrated to Canada from the Middle East in 1987. As an immigrant I embraced Canada’s multicultural society. Previously, I was a successful entrepreneur in the commercial sanitation industry and served in the military. These experiences provided me with the discipline, work ethic, resourcefulness that I employ every day as a lawyer.

Legal Background

I operate my practice throughout Alberta and Ontario, representing clients on civil matters and criminal, quasi-criminal, and regulatory charges at both the trial and appeal level.

I obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia with distinction, and completed my law degree in Ontario at the University of Ottawa. I graduated on the dean’s honour list.

I articled with one of Canada’s most prominent criminal defence lawyers.

Throughout law school and during my articles of clerkship, I logged over 7000 hours working with Canada’s top criminal defence teams in Toronto, Calgary, and Ottawa. I assisted the University of Ottawa’s Innocence Project and reviewed wrongful conviction claims.

I have experience defending a wide range of offences at all levels of court in Alberta and Ontario including sexual assault, white collar crime, narcotics, firearms, terrorism, internet crime, and homicide. My criminal defence practice includes defence of complex cases ranging from multiple complainant sexual assault/child exploitation prosecutions, police corruption, wiretaps, international search and seizure, as well as large scale drug importation.

I also represent both individual and institutional clients in civil and regulatory matters. I am often called upon to assist senior counsel in file review and preparation, questionings, and trial preparation in the area of insurance claims, personal injury, and regulatory offences.

Certifications

I am certified as a Fraud Examiner by the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. I have assisted in the instruction of the University of Calgary Law Faculty’s Advocacy Course (Civil and Criminal Sections) as well as the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education Program (the Alberta bar admission course).

Law Society of Alberta
Law Society of Ontario
Defence Council of Ottawa
Criminal Lawyers Association
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Our Process

My criminal defence practice operates under the philosophy that all individuals are presumed innocent and have the right to a dedicated defence and a fair trial.

I also assist individuals and institutional clients in the areas of civil litigation, insurance claims, and environmental/health regulation violations.

01

Conduct a free consultation with the client to discuss the case and best approach

02

If interested in retaining me, we set an initial retainer and sign a retainer agreement

03

Initiate the request for disclosure and conduct the clients’ court appearances

04

At last, we either set the matter down or enter a guilty plea

Hiring the right lawyer can be one of the most important decisions you make in your life.

This is why Yoav Niv provides a free 45 minute initial consultation to all of his potential clients.