Alan Bruce Richter – attended Trent University from 1990 until 1994 where he studied Business Administration and Economics and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.A.S.). Alan then went on to study his first year of law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in 1994 but transferred to Ottawa University for his second and third year where he took every Criminal Law related course available. Alan graduated cum laude in May of 1997 and upon his graduation commenced his articles with prominent Ottawa Criminal lawyer, Rob Lewis. Alan was called to the bar of Ontario on February 19, 1999 and continued to work with Rob Lewis until November, 1999 when a position came up with the Perth Crown Attorney’s Office. Alan assisted in the prosecution of three individuals charged with a double homicide and tried separately, until June 2000. Upon the completion of the homicide trials, Alan commenced his employment at O’Brien, Balka and Elrick in Oshawa where he practised exclusively in the area of Criminal Law until he left to set up his own office in June 2012. From 2012 until the present, Alan has had his own firm, initially with a partner, Ms. Ramona Abraham and then with a second partner, Paul Macneil. As of February 2017, Alan has his own firm with his associate Kiran Grewal.
Throughout Alan’s entire career as a lawyer he has practised exclusively in Criminal Law and that will never change. Alan takes pride in saying that being a Criminal Defence Lawyer is the last job he will ever have. Alan has tried hundreds of cases, at all levels of court in Ontario. He has defended murder charges, arson charges, countless assaults and weapons offences along with numerous drug cases, including very large scale “project” cases. Alan has argued countless number of Charter applications in the course of conducting trials and he is a firm believer that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is one of the most significant and important pieces of human rights legislation in the world. Alan knows and understands the Charter and is constantly researching cases to ensure his knowledge is as current as possible. Alan knows that when advancing a Charter argument during a trial, it must be advanced vigorously and with a clear and thorough understanding of the facts of the case as well as the pertinent and relevant law – Charter arguments can’t be brought half-heartedly.
As is inevitable in Criminal Defence Law there will be times when clients plead guilty or are found guilty at which point sentencing issues become the focus and Alan prides himself on being creative and persuasive when it comes to minimizing a client’s period of incarceration or remaining out of custody all together. After all these years, Alan has developed an effective approach to sentencing to ensure that even at this final stage of a case his clients are receiving the best representation possible. At the end of the day Alan knows that there are a lot of variables involved in any case and that the only way to secure the best result is through preparation and research of every relevant aspect of a client and their case. Success is achieved through hard work and Alan has never shied away from putting in the hours and the work to get those results. Alan Believes firmly that “doing the right thing, is never the wrong approach” and he maintains that approach with every file.