Lisa M. Burgis Der

Lisa M. Burgis 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: 1997 (AB)


You will not find a more experienced and well-regarded female criminal defence lawyer in Calgary than Lisa. Lisa became a lawyer in 1997 and since then has practiced exclusively in the area of criminal law. She has represented thousands of individuals charged with crimes ranging from shoplifting to murder.

Lisa has earned a reputation as a very skilled negotiator and an outstanding trial lawyer. In the court room she demonstrates the rare talent of negotiating with crown prosecutors. Also in examining witness’s and making written and oral legal arguments. All while protecting and representing her clients’ interests with the utmost poise, professionalism and integrity. Her ability to humanize the legal system by expressing compassion yet maintaining her unwavering legal objectivity sets her apart from her peers.

Lisa’s other distinguishing quality, that few of her peers possess, is her experience working as a crown prosecutor. This experience enables her to know criminal law from both sides – defence and prosecution. She has appeared in Alberta Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal. Lisa has also had the rare opportunity to appear along with Balfour at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Lisa’s clients know her as a lawyer who believes strongly in establishing positive working relationships with them. She has worked with clients who have severe addictions to alcohol, drugs, and gambling. Also with clients who have serious mental disorders such as bi-polar, schizophrenia, and other behavioral disorders. Her cases have resulted in working with forensic experts in pathology, child abuse, psychiatry, psychology, blood spatter, computer, accounting, and arson.

Lisa has a thirst for continuing education. She continues her own legal and personal development education by attending seminars and courses locally and internationally. In the areas of Criminal Law, Conflict Resolution, Personal Development and Executive Coaching. These courses have helped shape Lisa into the unique lawyer she is. Her coach-approach with her clients is a novel and refreshing approach to practicing law. An approach highly effective to her clients and personally satisfying to her. In the legal community, Lisa is a member of the Calgary Criminal Lawyer’s Association. A member of the Calgary Bar Association. A member of the Canadian Lawyer’s Association. Lisa has volunteered her time with the Alberta Bar Admission Course. The Alberta Law Day. The Calgary Legal Guidance. The Calgary Justice Working Committee, and University of Calgary Faculty of law.

Lisa is very active when away from the office. She is adamant about daily fitness and good nutrition. Lisa has taken up 1/2 marathons races and Olympic distance triathlons. Lisa’s first love, aside from her family, is travel and the adventure it brings. She is also takes golf courses, thrilling adventures like zip lining, horseback riding, snorkeling, and cooking classes.