About Michael Crystal, C.S.

Michael Crystal is a certified criminal law specialist and is currently pursuing a Masters of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

Mr. Crystal obtained his MA in Classics in 1988 from Dalhousie University. He then graduated with an LLB from Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law in 1991. Mr. Crystal articled with the Atlantic law firm Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales and was called to the Newfoundland bar in 1992, followed by the Ontario bar in 1996. He worked as a public defender for the Newfoundland Legal Aid Commission from 1991 to 1995. Since then he has worked for Borden Ladner Gervais, Gowlings Lafleur Henderson and Pinkofsky Lockyer before starting his own firm Crystal & Associates in 2001. In 2015 Mr. Crystal joined Spiteri & Ursulak as a partner to lead their privacy, regulatory and class action team. He is currently a sole practitioner.

Mr. Crystal is an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa where he teaches Trial Advocacy, and has taught Advanced Evidence in the past.

In his spare time, Mr. Crystal writes for a number of legal journals and publications. He is also active with Innocence Canada, a non-profit organization advocating for the release of wrongfully-convicted individuals.

Part-Time Law Professor
30 years experience
Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
Graduate Student in Law

About Michael Crystal

As a lawyer with over 28 years of experience, I know what it means for the average person to have their lives turned upside down by criminal charges. I started my career as a public defender and since that time I have had a front row seat observing the devastations to individuals and their families going through the criminal justice system.

The one and only promise I make to my clients is that when you retain my services, I will do everything in my power as an advocate to fight for your interests.

I believe success is shaped by both an intense client-centered strategy as well as a team approach.

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Media Coverage

Mr. Crystal has been active in the media in relation to a wide expanse of issues. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in archived webcasts; he has done print and television interviews with reporters; he has appeared before two Senate Committees with archived webcasts; and he has contributed to talk radio programs.