Connolly & Associates
Criminal Defense Lawyers in Lethbridge
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The Largest Criminal Defense Law Firm in Lethbridge

Connolly & Associates offers a full range of criminal defence services to both private and legal aid clients throughout Lethbridge, Cardston, Taber, Brooks, Medicine Hat, Fort Macleod, and Pincher Creek. Our team of lawyers and traffic agents ensures that our clients receive a full legal defense to a wide range of criminal and quasi-criminal matters. With over 30 years of combined defense experience, Claudia R. Connolly, Vincent Guinan, Darcy Shurtz, Jeremy DeBow, Daniel Gryba (Student-at-Law), Heather McCuaig (Family Lawyer) and Michael Byce (Traffic Court Agent)  are here to help you.

Claudia Connolly

Claudia Connolly has been a practicing lawyer since her admission to the Alberta Bar in 1992. After attending Brandon University and the University of Lethbridge, Claudia ultimately obtained a law degree from the University of Calgary Law School. Claudia articled with the Attorney General (Crown Prosecutor’s Office) and has been a practicing criminal lawyer in Southern Alberta since that time.

Claudia and her team of associate lawyers are committed to providing outstanding legal services and protecting the rights of their clients in all aspects of criminal justice.

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Vincent Guinan

Vince Guinan was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2014 after being awarded a law degree from Bond University in 2012. Prior to attending law school, Vince attended both the University of Alberta and University of Saskatchewan. Vince completed his articles with Connolly & Associates where he has subsequently been practicing as an associate lawyer.

Vince has significant trial experience and his practice covers all aspects of a criminal defense, including youth and environmental offenses. Vince appears regularly in Lethbridge, Pincher Creek and Cardston.

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Darcy Shurtz

Darcy Shurtz was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2016. He was born and raised in the Lethbridge area and attended Athabasca University before obtaining a law degree in Western Michigan. Darcy was awarded a Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from Western Michigan University in 2014. Darcy completed his articles with Connolly & Associates where he has subsequently been practicing as an associate lawyer.

Darcy practices in all aspects of criminal defence and works vigorously to defend the rights of his clients. Darcy appears regularly in criminal court in Lethbridge, Taber, Fort Macleod, and Cardston. Impaired driving, assault, property offenses, and drug-related offenses are some of the areas Darcy has significant experience and expertise.

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Jeremy DeBow

Mr. DeBow is a graduate from the University of New Brunswick Law class of 2006. Upon being called to the Alberta Bar, Mr. DeBow immediately began work as an agent for the Director of Public prosecutions of Canada. For eleven years, Jeremy was a criminal prosecutor working throughout much of southern Alberta, reaching from Lethbridge, Fort Macleod, Taber, Cardston, and Pincher Creek.

As a crown prosecutor, Jeremy’s practice focused solely on federal and criminal litigation. During his years of experience as a crown prosecutor, Mr. DeBow has clocked countless hours in criminal courtrooms.

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Heather McCuaig

Heather L. McCuaig has been practicing law since her admission to the Alberta Bar on September 9th, 2005. Heather graduated from the University of Lethbridge, where she obtained her Bachelors of Art achieving Honours with Distinction.

After receiving her degree, Heather obtained her LLB from the University of Alberta. She then completed her articling here in Lethbridge and has been actively practicing here ever since then. Heather is a certified mediator and regularly practices in collaborative law as well. In addition, Heather has immense expertise and practice in Family Law, Wills, and Estate Law, as well as Real Restate Law.

Heather specialises in client relations and places great emphasis on meeting the needs of her clients. As such, she runs a very client centered practice in order to ensure all clients receive the best possible service. She is also heavily involved within the community and volunteers on various boards and project throughout Southern Alberta.

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Daniel Gryba


Daniel Gryba was born and raised in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. After high school Daniel obtained a bachelor’s degree in history (with great distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2018 Daniel was awarded a Juris Doctor after completing law school at the University of Saskatchewan.

Daniel joined Connolly and Associates as a student-at-law in November 2018, and looks forward learning about all aspects of criminal defense alongside our firm’s lawyers.

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Michael Byce, Traffic Court Agent

Michael Byce was raised in Camrose, Alberta, where he completed his primary schooling. After high school, Michael moved to Lethbridge, Alberta for post-secondary schooling within the Criminal Justice program at the Lethbridge College. From here, Michael obtained a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the Athabasca University, which included extensive education and training within the Traffic Safety Act and Courtroom procedures.

Michael joined Connolly and Associates as a Court Agent in September of 2017, and looks forward assisting on any and all traffic ticket related offences.

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