Dane Bullerwell

Dane Bullerwell

Dane Bullerwell defends people who are charged with criminal offences or are facing other serious allegations. He was the Bronze Medalist in Law in his law class at the University of Alberta, graduating with the third highest academic standing in his year. He served as a law clerk at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Edmonton before completing his articles under the late Alexander Pringle, QC. Since being called to the bar, he has practiced almost exclusively in the area of criminal defence, conducting trials in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. Since 2014, he has taught courses related to criminal law as a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Alberta. He is an active member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Law Society of the Northwest Territories.

Dane has represented individuals accused of everything from murder to having a dog off-leash, and has defended people facing everything from a Dangerous Offender designation to a $50 fine. Some of the more common charges he has defended against include:

  • Violent offences, such as assault, assault with a weapon, and aggravated assault;
  • Theft, fraud, and other offences involving allegations of dishonesty, such as thefts or frauds from an employer;
  • Driving offences, such as impaired driving, dangerous driving, impaired driving causing bodily harm, and impaired driving causing death;
  • Drug offences, such as drug trafficking and possession of drugs for the purposes of trafficking;
  • Sexual offences, including sexual assault and sexual interference; and
  • Computer crime and offences involving the Internet.

In addition to his criminal defence practice, Dane has also acted for individuals facing quasi-criminal and administrative allegations, such as professional disciplinary investigations, extradition proceedings under the Extradition Act, and post-secondary disciplinary proceedings (e.g. allegations of non-academic misconduct). He has also represented individuals and businesses facing regulatory charges in proceedings under the Traffic Safety Act, Wildlife Act, Child Youth and Family Enhancement Act, Animal Protection Act, and Public Health Act.

Dane welcomes the special challenges of appellate advocacy and enjoys conducting appeals. He regularly acts on behalf of individuals appealing their conviction or sentence, and he is happy to provide advice to anyone who needs help deciding whether it would be worthwhile to proceed with an appeal.

Law Society Memberships

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta (2010-Present)
  • Member, Law Society of the Northwest Territories (2016-Present)


  • LL.B. (With Distinction), University of Alberta Faculty of Law, 2009
  • B.Com. (With Distinction), University of Alberta School of Business, 2006

Selected Teaching & Speaking Engagements

  • Sessional Instructor, University of Alberta Faculty of Law (2014-Present)
  • Faculty, Federation of Law Societies of Canada, National Criminal Law Program (2015-Present)
  • Presenter, Various Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA) Seminars (2014, 2016)

Selected Awards / Professional Recognition

  • Access to Justice Advocate of the Year (with Kent Teskey), Legal Aid Society of Alberta, 2014
  • Bruce Gunn Junior Barrister Award, Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association, 2013
  • Judges’ Bronze Medal in Law, University of Alberta Faculty of Law, 2009
  • Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association Award (Outstanding Achievement in Evidence), University of Alberta Faculty of Law, 2008
  • Anthony Cairo Memorial Prize (Outstanding Achievement in Professional Responsibility), University of Alberta Faculty of Law, 2008


  • Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, 2009/2010

Court Appearances

  • Supreme Court of Canada
  • Alberta Court of Appeal
  • Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
  • Provincial Court of Alberta
  • Northwest Territories Supreme Court
  • Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories
  • British Columbia Court of Appeal
  • Provincial Court of British Columbia
  • Provincial Court of Saskatchewan

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