Kelsey Sitar B.A. (Hons), LL.B.
Kelsey prides herself on her reputation as a tireless advocate who achieves excellent results for her clients. Ever inspired by the pursuit of fundamental justice and fairness, Kelsey works diligently to expand her legal knowledge, engaging in professional upgrading and academic work. She is known for her well-prepared and well-researched legal arguments and the frequency with which she is able to locate and litigate constitutional defences on behalf of her clients. While Kelsey represents individuals charged with a wide variety of offences, she takes particular interest in complex cases including large-scale frauds, technology-based offences and charges deriving from specialized investigations such as homicides and organized crime prosecutions.
Kelsey is also a well-regarded appellate attorney, and her superior training and academic skills afford her the ability to fiercely advocate on behalf of these clients. Additionally, this experience helps her to ensure all of her trial-level clientele conduct their defences in a fashion best suited to preserving all possible avenues of appeal. While Kelsey routinely obtains successful results for her clients at trial, should an appeal become necessary, she ensures her clients are in the best possible position to contest their culpability at the Alberta Court of Appeal.
Born and raised in the Calgary area, Kelsey completed her Bachelor of Arts at St. Francis Xavier University, majoring in Political Science and graduating with First-Class Honours. In 2007, Kelsey obtained her Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, finishing in the top ten percent of her graduating class. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Jack Pinkofsky Prize in Criminal Law, as well as the Judith Wahl Prize in Law and Psychiatry.
While at Osgoode, Kelsey participated in the Community and Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP), providing free representation to low-income individuals charged with criminal offences. During her second year of law school, Kelsey became a division leader in the Criminal and Womens' Divisions, working primarily in defence of women charged with domestic violence offences.
In August 2007, Kelsey began her articles of clerkship with the prestigious Toronto criminal defence firm of Greenspan Partners, under the supervision of the late Edward ("Eddie") Greenspan, Q.C. Upon her call to the Bar of Ontario in 2008, Kelsey was hired as an associate and continued to work for Mr. Greenspan until her departure from Toronto in June 2009. While at Greenspan Partners, Kelsey had the opportunity to work on many complex and high-profile matters, including large-scale fraud matters and several homicide cases.
In 2012, Kelsey was a finalist for the Calgary Women in Law Leadership Awards in the category of “Tomorrow’s Leader.” In 2014, Kelsey co-authored an academic article on general warrants and search of data storage devices (i.e. cell phones, tablets, etc.), which was subsequently published in the prestigious Canadian Criminal Law Review. Most recently, Kelsey commenced part-time coursework in pursuit of her Master of Laws (LL.M.).
In 2012, Kelsey was a finalist for the Calgary Women in Law Leadership Awards in the category of “Tomorrow’s Leader.”
In 2014, Kelsey co-authored an academic article on general warrants and search of data storage devices (i.e. cell phones, tablets, etc.), which was subsequently published in the prestigious Canadian Criminal Law Review. In 2015, she commenced part-time studies through Osgoode Hall Law School in pursuit of her Master of Laws (LL.M.). In 2016, the Canadian Criminal Law Review published a paper written by Kelsey advocating an expanded role for Gladue (a Supreme Court of Canada decision regarding sentencing of Aboriginal offenders), suggesting critical race theory perspectives be incorporated into the Canadian criminal trial process.
When not in court, Kelsey makes herself available to lecture on subjects related to criminal law. In 2016, she was employed by the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law, tutoring students in subjects relating to professional ethics. She is also a regular contributor to a seminar series held in Calgary for court interpreters.
Kelsey is proud of her reputation as a tireless defence attorney who is always knowledgeable, well-prepared and creative in her defence of her clients.
Professional Memberships: Law Society of Alberta; Canadian Bar Association; Criminal Defence Lawyers Association; Criminal Lawyers’ Association; National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers.You can follow me on