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Mr. Brian A. Beresh

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Phone: (780) ***-****  HQ Phone
Beresh DePoe Cunningham
10110 107 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1J4
Canada

Company Description: Beresh Cunningham is a specialty law firm based in Edmonton and Grande Prairie, Alberta, whose primary area of practice is DEFENCE AGAINST CRIMINAL CHARGES. We...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
  • Life Member
    National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers

Education

  • Q.C. B.A.
  • LL.B.
  • Bachelor of Arts with Distinction
  • Bachelor of Laws
    University of Saskatchewan
  • Medicine Hat
    Medicine Hat College
33 Total References
Web References
Beresh Cunningham Aloneissi O'Neill Hurley Barristers - Criminal Defense Law Firm - Edmonton Alberta Canada
www.libertylaw.ca, 21 Feb 2012 [cached]
Brian A. Beresh, Q.C.
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Brian Beresh, Q.C.
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Brian A. Beresh Q.C., is the senior and founding partner of the law firm of Beresh Cunningham and has been practicing law for almost 34 years. Born and raised on a farm near Kipling, Saskatchewan, Mr. Beresh received his Bachelor of Arts with Distinction (with a major in Political Science and minor in Economics) in 1972 and later earned his Bachelor of Laws in 1975 from the University of Saskatchewan. Mr. Beresh was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1976 and the Alberta Bar in 1980.
On October 18, 2006, in the 2006 edition "The Best Lawyers in Canada," Mr. Beresh was selected and named by his peers in the defence bar as one of Canada's top criminal lawyers.
Mr. Beresh is a much sought after criminal defence and human rights lawyer. He has been described by peers as "one of, if not the busiest lawyer in Canada." A major client once publically described the benefit of Mr. Beresh's defence as follows: "If Beresh is in your corner you are a winner".
During the span of his lengthy career, he has been defence counsel in over 120 jury trials and has represented over 110 people charged with murder/manslaughter, some of whom have been individuals charged with multiple counts of murder. He has defended numerous individuals charged with sexual assault, drug offences and weapons offences. He has defended numerous complex white-collar fraud and theft allegations including the defence of a bank manager alleged to have stolen $16 million. e defended the youngest woman declared to be a Dangerous Offender in Canada, and through his tireless efforts, had that decision reversed entirely, on appeal, before the Alberta Court of Appeal (see R. v. Neve).
He has also defended numerous companies, and individuals, charged with offences arising from the workplace, including occupational health prosecutions, where multiple people have been injured or died at their place of work.
He has recently returned from providing the 2006 Annual Bernard Cohen Lecture at the Law School at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario. He is a much sought after speaker and presented a lecture to the Canadian Bar Association in Saskatchewan on February 2, 2007.
He has been counsel on numerous lengthy trials, some of which have taken up to three months to conclude in actual trial time.
Mr. Beresh has appeared as counsel on numerous occasions before the Court of Appeal in Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon and before the Supreme Court of Canada. In 1992, he appeared as counsel on the Milgaard Reference before the Supreme Court of Canada. It was only the third such Reference before that court and the longest in Canadian history. Mr. Beresh also appeared as counsel on the Nerland Inquiry in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and most recently on the David Milgaard Inquiry in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The great demand for Mr. Beresh's services as a premier criminal defence lawyer have taken him to trials and appeals in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest and Yukon Territories.
A renowned sessional lecturer at the Law School of Alberta continuously since 1988, Mr. Beresh continues to teach classes in the areas of criminal trial procedure, advocacy and advanced criminal law. He presently teaches Advanced Criminal Law to senior law students at the University of Alberta Law School. In 2009, he was nominated as one of the top sessional lecturers at the Law School.
As a senior criminal lawyer, and past president of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association (1984 - 1985), he has lectured on numerous topics including criminal law, criminal procedure, advocacy, narcotics issues and constitutional law for numerous groups some of which include Student Legal Services, Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, Alberta Trial Lawyers Association and the Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
In 1998, Mr. Beresh was invited to travel to the Ukraine to lecture and the Law Schools in Kiev and Melniski in relation to Canadian criminal law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
His accomplishments in criminal law were recognized in 2006, when he was requested to present the prestigious annual Bernard Cohen Lecture at the Law School at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario. That lecture is included in the second volume of Bernard Cohen Lecture's textbook. He is a much sought after speaker and presented a lecture to the Canadian Bar Association in Saskatchewan on February 2, 2007. He is scheduled to speak as part of a panel for the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Seminar, on January 30th, 2010.
Mr. Beresh became a member of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association in 1980. This Association is Edmonton based and is the second largest and powerful criminal defence lawyers' Association in Canada. He has served the Association as a member and has chaired a number of its committees and in 1984 served as its president. In addition, he is a Criminal Law Consultant for the Canadian Mental Health Association and has served as a legal columnist for CBC AM radio.
To remain current with international legal developments and to maintain a North American network for his clients, Mr. Beresh in 1993 joined the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers as a Life Member. This preeminent organization consisting of 12,000 direct and 35,000 affiliate members is the largest criminal defence lawyer association in the world. Given migration and travel between Canada and the United States, it is imperative that contact with the American defence Bar be maintained and enhanced. Mr. Beresh is in constant contact with American colleagues in relation to legal developments on both sides of the border, and in relation to clients who find themselves in difficult situations in either jurisdiction. He has recently completed a major drug case where he was retained by counsel in New York City. He is presently working on a case for a Canadian client who faces criminal law difficulties in Reno, Nevada.
Mr. Beresh was elected for a three-year term as a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta in 2005 by the members of his profession. His nomination for the position of Bencher was overwhelmingly endorsed by the record number of votes he received on his election to the position. This body governs the conduct of the 8500 lawyers practicing in the Province of Alberta. During his term as Bencher, he served on numerous committees, and chaired and participated in numerous hearings, where misconduct was alleged against other members of the profession. Prior to that election, he had represented numerous lawyers who faced disciplinary proceedings before the Law Society.
In 2009, he was retained by Greenpeace Canada to represent their interests throughout Alberta. After one Greenpeace activity near Edmonton, the Premier of Alberta, and other government officials, condemned the Greenpeace activists. Mr. Beresh came to their defence by speaking publically against political interference from the steps of the Alberta Legislature. His challenge of the Provincial Government resulted in public condemnation of the Government's position, and he was publically praised both provincially and nationally, for the stance he took against the Government. Brian Beresh Green Peace News Confernce
Despite his hectic work schedule, Mr. Beresh still finds time to volunteer his services to various community groups and efforts. He is a strong and major supporter of a number of charitable organizations, and has been lauded for his continued support of organizations such as the YMCA, CKUA Radio and the Stollery Children's Hospital. In September of 2008, his personal challenge was to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa, the height of almost 20,000 feet. To encourage the assent, and benefit society, Mr. Beresh raised in excess of $15,000 for the Medicine Hat College in Medicine Hat, Alberta. A scholarship in his older brother's name received the funds and is now able to assist many students in the future in achieving their academic goals. He continues tirelessly to be an organizer in his own personal community.
In February of 2011 he successfully ascended Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the western and southern hemisphere (in Argentina) and, as a result of those efforts, he raised in excess of $60,000.00 for the YMCA and Edmonton Strong Kids Campaign."
Mr. Beresh enjoys the practice of criminal law and is dedicated to providing his clients with the highest standards of professional service in the defence of their cases. He is admired by his peers and trusted by his clients and the courts. In the vigorous defence of his clients, he takes the approa
Brian Beresh, ...
www.lawyernetwork.ca, 10 May 2014 [cached]
Brian Beresh, Q.C. 300 MacLean Block 10110 - 107 Street Edmonton, AB T5J 1J4 (780) 421-4766
Brian Beresh, Q.C. B.A., ...
libertylaw.ca, 17 July 2009 [cached]
Brian Beresh, Q.C. B.A., LL.B.
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Brian A. Beresh Q.C., is the senior and founding partner of the law firm of Beresh Cunningham and has been practicing law for almost 34 years. Born and raised on a farm near Kipling, Saskatchewan, Mr. Beresh received his Bachelor of Arts with Distinction (with a major in Political Science and minor in Economics) in 1972 and later earned his Bachelor of Laws in 1975 from the University of Saskatchewan. Mr. Beresh was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1976 and the Alberta Bar in 1980.
On October 18, 2006, in the 2006 edition "The Best Lawyers in Canada," Mr. Beresh was selected and named by his peers in the defence bar as one of Canada's top criminal lawyers. In 2012 he was named by Martindale-Hubbell Top Lawyers as one of the top lawyers in Canada.
Mr. Beresh is a much sought after criminal defence and human rights lawyer. He has been described by peers as "one of, if not the busiest lawyer in Canada." A major client once publically described the benefit of Mr. Beresh's defence as follows: "If Beresh is in your corner you are a winner".
During the span of his lengthy career, he has been defence counsel in over 120 jury trials and has represented over 110 people charged with murder/manslaughter, some of whom have been individuals charged with multiple counts of murder. He has defended numerous individuals charged with sexual assault, drug offences and weapons offences. He has defended numerous complex white-collar fraud and theft allegations including the defence of a bank manager alleged to have stolen $16 million. e defended the youngest woman declared to be a Dangerous Offender in Canada, and through his tireless efforts, had that decision reversed entirely, on appeal, before the Alberta Court of Appeal (see R. v. Neve).
He has also defended numerous companies, and individuals, charged with offences arising from the workplace, including occupational health prosecutions, where multiple people have been injured or died at their place of work.
He has recently returned from providing the 2006 Annual Bernard Cohen Lecture at the Law School at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario. He is a much sought after speaker and presented a lecture to the Canadian Bar Association in Saskatchewan on February 2, 2007.
He has been counsel on numerous lengthy trials, some of which have taken up to three months to conclude in actual trial time.
Mr. Beresh has appeared as counsel on numerous occasions before the Court of Appeal in Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon and before the Supreme Court of Canada. In 1992, he appeared as counsel on the Milgaard Reference before the Supreme Court of Canada. It was only the third such Reference before that court and the longest in Canadian history. Mr. Beresh also appeared as counsel on the Nerland Inquiry in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and most recently on the David Milgaard Inquiry in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The great demand for Mr. Beresh's services as a premier criminal defence lawyer have taken him to trials and appeals in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest and Yukon Territories.
A renowned sessional lecturer at the Law School of Alberta continuously since 1988, Mr. Beresh continues to teach classes in the areas of criminal trial procedure, advocacy and advanced criminal law. He presently teaches Advanced Criminal Law to senior law students at the University of Alberta Law School. In 2009, he was nominated as one of the top sessional lecturers at the Law School.
As a senior criminal lawyer, and past president of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association (1984 - 1985), he has lectured on numerous topics including criminal law, criminal procedure, advocacy, narcotics issues and constitutional law for numerous groups some of which include Student Legal Services, Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, Alberta Trial Lawyers Association and the Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
In 1998, Mr. Beresh was invited to travel to the Ukraine to lecture and the Law Schools in Kiev and Melniski in relation to Canadian criminal law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
His accomplishments in criminal law were recognized in 2006, when he was requested to present the prestigious annual Bernard Cohen Lecture at the Law School at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario. That lecture is included in the second volume of Bernard Cohen Lecture's textbook. He is a much sought after speaker and presented a lecture to the Canadian Bar Association in Saskatchewan on February 2, 2007. He is scheduled to speak as part of a panel for the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Seminar, on January 30th, 2010.
Mr. Beresh became a member of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association in 1980. This Association is Edmonton based and is the second largest and powerful criminal defence lawyers' Association in Canada. He has served the Association as a member and has chaired a number of its committees and in 1984 served as its president. In addition, he is a Criminal Law Consultant for the Canadian Mental Health Association and has served as a legal columnist for CBC AM radio.
To remain current with international legal developments and to maintain a North American network for his clients, Mr. Beresh in 1993 joined the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers as a Life Member. This preeminent organization consisting of 12,000 direct and 35,000 affiliate members is the largest criminal defence lawyer association in the world. Given migration and travel between Canada and the United States, it is imperative that contact with the American defence Bar be maintained and enhanced. Mr. Beresh is in constant contact with American colleagues in relation to legal developments on both sides of the border, and in relation to clients who find themselves in difficult situations in either jurisdiction. He has recently completed a major drug case where he was retained by counsel in New York City. He is presently working on a case for a Canadian client who faces criminal law difficulties in Reno, Nevada.
Mr. Beresh was elected for a three-year term as a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta in 2005 by the members of his profession. His nomination for the position of Bencher was overwhelmingly endorsed by the record number of votes he received on his election to the position. This body governs the conduct of the 8500 lawyers practicing in the Province of Alberta. During his term as Bencher, he served on numerous committees, and chaired and participated in numerous hearings, where misconduct was alleged against other members of the profession. Prior to that election, he had represented numerous lawyers who faced disciplinary proceedings before the Law Society.
In 2009, he was retained by Greenpeace Canada to represent their interests throughout Alberta. After one Greenpeace activity near Edmonton, the Premier of Alberta, and other government officials, condemned the Greenpeace activists. Mr. Beresh came to their defence by speaking publically against political interference from the steps of the Alberta Legislature. His challenge of the Provincial Government resulted in public condemnation of the Government's position, and he was publically praised both provincially and nationally, for the stance he took against the Government. Brian Beresh Green Peace News Confernce
Despite his hectic work schedule, Mr. Beresh still finds time to volunteer his services to various community groups and efforts. He is a strong and major supporter of a number of charitable organizations, and has been lauded for his continued support of organizations such as the YMCA, CKUA Radio and the Stollery Children's Hospital. In September of 2008, his personal challenge was to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa, the height of almost 20,000 feet. To encourage the assent, and benefit society, Mr. Beresh raised in excess of $15,000 for the Medicine Hat College in Medicine Hat, Alberta. A scholarship in his older brother's name received the funds and is now able to assist many students in the future in achieving their academic goals. He continues tirelessly to be an organizer in his own personal community.
In February of 2011 he successfully ascended Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the western and southern hemisphere (in Argentina) and, as a result of those efforts, he raised in excess of $60,000.00 for the YMCA and Edmonton Strong Kids Campaign."
Mr. Beresh enjoys the practice of criminal law and is dedicated to providing his clients with the highest standards of professional service in the defence of their cases. He is admired by his peers and trusted by his clients and the courts. In the vigorous defence o
/CNW/ - Prominent Alberta lawyer ...
www.newswire.ca, 7 Oct 2009 [cached]
/CNW/ - Prominent Alberta lawyer Brian Beresh raised concerns today that Alberta Premier
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/CNW/ - Prominent Alberta lawyer Brian Beresh raised concerns today that Alberta Premier
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At a news conference, Brian Beresh, senior defence lawyer at Beresh Cunningham, said Stelmach's comments hint at criminalizing peaceful environmentalism and raise issues about constitutional rights, political interference, free speech and the ability of activists to get fair trials in Alberta.
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"I fail to see why the government has and wishes to treat my clients as criminals when they're simply relying on their constitutional rights through free speech and association in what is supposed to be a free and democratic society," said Brian Beresh, senior and prominent defence lawyer at Beresh Cunningham who has been practicing law for over 30 years. "Premier Stelmach's public suggestion that he will use the "force of the law to deal with these people" confirms his lack of knowledge of the limits of his authority and the clear rule that our system of justice cannot be interfered with or manipulated for political reasons."
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