Lawyer Biography


A lifelong Edmontonian, Lance attended NAIT and worked in the local aviation industry before returning to MacEwan University to study Political Science and then the University of Alberta Faculty of Law.

While at law school Lance’s studies and activities were focused on developing skills as an advocate in criminal law. Lance completed numerous courses related to criminal law, receiving the highest mark in both his Sentencing and Constitutional Litigation classes. As a law student Lance was very active with Student Legal Services criminal law project, a not for profit organization dedicated to helping low income persons charged with criminal offences. Serving first as a volunteer member, then as summer employee of Student Legal Services, Lance ultimately became a Criminal Law Coordinator responsible for the large staff of case workers and their files.

He graduated from the University of Alberta faculty of Law in 2011 and joined our firm as a student-at-law. Upon completing his articles in June 2012 Lance joined us as an Associate lawyer, and in 2017 was made an Associate Partner.

In addition to his criminal law practice Lance is dedicated to continuing legal education, serving as the chairperson of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association Seminar Planning Committee, and regularly speaks and lectures on a variety of criminal law and advocacy related topics. Lance has been a guest lecturer for the University of Alberta Faculty of Law Advanced Evidence class and is regular guest coach, judge, and instructor for the University of Alberta Faculty of Law moot court programs. He also regularly assists the Edmonton Police Service in training recruits on courtroom procedure and testimony.

Lance has a varied criminal defence practice focused on trial advocacy. He appears throughout Alberta in Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench, And the Alberta Court of Appeal. He is also a member of the NWT Law Society, conducting both private and legal aid cases across the NWT .

Lance has particular interest in the areas of:

Lance understands that getting charged with a criminal offence can be very stressful and confusing. He would be happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns and options. Lance can be contacted by calling our Edmonton office or by emailing him at lmcclean@dsscrimlaw.com.