Balfour Q. H. Der

Balfour Q. H. Der
645 7 Ave. S.W., Suite 2650
Calgary, Alberta T2P 4G8
Phone: (403) 234-8824
Fax: (403) 261-8977

Practice areas

Criminal Law

Bar information

Called to the bar: 1980 (AB); 2001 (AB)


Balfour Der has been described by the Calgary Herald as “arguably Calgary’s top defence counsel.” Balfour has been called upon by professional and amateur athletes, police officers, soldiers, firefighters, politicians, and lawyers. Also by many others whose livelihood and reputations depended on the positive outcome of the case. Balfour’s clients know they can rely on him to represent their interests without exception. When he takes on a case, he does so to achieve the best results. Regardless of the seriousness of the charge or the circumstances of the client.

Balfour was a senior trial prosecutor for the Crown Prosecutor’s Office in Calgary from 1981 to 1990. During that time he honed his skills by handling hundreds of criminal prosecutions. In 1988 Balfour was asked to join the appellate division of the Crown’s Office. Here he handled appeal cases before the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

In 1990 Balfour left the Crown Prosecutor’s Office to go into private practice. He has continued to practice exclusively in criminal law. He has successfully defended people who have been charged with the most minor of charges to the most serious. There is no area of criminal law that Balfour has not been involved. He has defended people charged in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the North West Territories. His experience extends to areas outside of strict criminal offences. It includes Tax Evasion, Customs Act offences and Traffic offences.

His main work is in the trial courts. However Balfour regularly argues appeals for persons he has defended and also accused that have been defended at trial by other lawyers. As counsel, Balfour has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada. On precedent setting cases involving reasonable doubt and jury instructions, lost evidence, and double jeopardy.

Balfour teaches criminal law and is the author of two criminal law text books. As well as numerous papers and articles for seminars and lectures. He has been on the faculty of the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, Ontario and the Bar Admission Course of Alberta. As he says, “I eat, drink and sleep criminal law.”

Balfour is a former Junior A hockey player and marathoner. These days, outside of the courtroom, Balfour loves to travel. He is a triathlete (competing in Olympic and 70.3 distance triathlons) and an avid golfer with a 4 handicap.