DENIS SAWYER

Lawyer

Denis comes to Grande Prairie from Saint John and Moncton New Brunswick where he practiced primarily in the fields of Criminal Law and Civil Litigation. He is a former Federal Crown prosecutor and as such has gained significant court experience at all levels of litigation. Denis continues to advise other members of the firm in the areas of Criminal Law. Denis’ current practice areas include General Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Traffic matters, Corporate/Commercial, and Wills and Estates. As a litigator, Denis has appeared in and had success in Provincial Court and the Court of Queen’s Bench. Denis is also the municipal prosecutor for both the County and City of Grande Prairie regarding the enforcement of local bylaws.


Since relocating to Grande Prairie in 2012, Denis has been active in the community serving by serving on a number of local boards. Denis currently sits on the Board of Directors for the ACFA, which lobbies for the promotion of French in Alberta.


While at home Denis enjoys spending time with his wife Sacha and their labradoodle Bitsy.

Denis has practiced law in Grande Prairie since 2012 and his practice now primarily focuses on General Litigation, Traffic, Real Estate, and Municipal law. Denis is also fully bilingual and can assist clients in French.

General Civil Litigation

Denis assists Grande Prairie and area residents through complicated procedures and lengthy processes to ensure the best steps are taken to winning their case in Court. He brings several advantages to litigation matters as a result of being lead counsel on both Criminal and Civil matters. As a result of his past experiences, Denis understands the complexities of matters prior to bringing same to trial. As a general litigator, Denis continues to build his practice to include a variety of topics ranging from Civil Claims to Commercial disputes.  He appears regularly in the Court of Queen’s Bench, Provincial Court and Commissioners Court to protect what’s yours and pursue what you are owed. 

In the past Denis has even given lectures to local groups regarding issues pertaining a wide variety of topics. Denis has also volunteered his time to the Local Legal Guidance Center aiding individuals who cannot afford a lawyer. 

Traffic

Denis has been approached by many Grande Prairie residents and businesses to assist them with their traffic matters. As a former Federal Crown, Denis advises his clients in situations where National Safety Code points are also attached to infractions. Given his insight and relationships founded in his previous role, he can often resolve a matter limiting a person’s and or company’s exposure to such points.

For example, a conviction under the Traffic Safety Act can result in a fine up to $2000 or a six month jail sentence. Denis has helped resolved fines and outstanding traffic tickets in a fair and prompt manner. He’s also assisted clients in avoiding suspensions and demerits and continues to advise the same on an ongoing basis. Hiring Denis to appear for you means that you likely will not have to attend court in order to resolve your traffic matter. Denis is also happy to run trials in regards to traffic offences.

Real Estate (Residential and Commercial)

Denis has assisted many Grande Prairie residents with their purchases, sales or refinancing of their residential properties. Denis particularly enjoys aiding first time home buyers

Denis has and continues to assist a number of corporate clients regarding leasing and purchasing of new land including refinancing.

Municipal

Denis has been prosecuting matters on behalf of the City and County of Grande Prairie since 2012. Denis advises both the City and County of Grande Prairie on enforcement matters. He is often call upon to provide legal advice to these neighboring municipalities regarding their by-laws as well as other municipal issues.

Denis’ community work includes but is not limited to the following;

·      Elected Board Member of the ACFA

·      Former Board Member of the Grande Prairie SPCA

·      Former Board Member of the Grande Prairie Minor Baseball Association

·      Denis enjoys sports (particularly coaching and playing baseball) and spending time with his wife and young puppy.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Arts| University of New Brunswick | 2008
  • LL.B. | University De Moncton | 2011