Graham J. Rapson, B.A., J.D., is a junior associate with Beresh Law. The sole focus of his legal practice is the defence of people facing criminal charges and/or regulatory offences.
After graduating from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in April of 2018 Graham completed his articles under Beresh Law founder, Brian Beresh Q.C.; one of Canada’s most experienced and well-respected criminal Defence lawyers. During his articles he worked on, and assisted with, a wide range of extremely serious cases, including allegations of drug trafficking, sexual assault, fraud, and murder.
While in law school Graham became heavily involved as a volunteer with Student Legal Services before being hired on as a full-time case worker. During his time with SLS he represented dozens of individuals charged with a wide range of criminal, traffic, and regulatory offences including assault, drug possession, and impaired driving. He has won at trial and used his written advocacy to successfully have charges withdrawn prior to trial on many occasions.
During the summer of his second year Graham worked for Alberta Justice in the Crown Prosecutor’s office in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. While there he gained valuable courtroom experience, as well as a deeper understanding of how the court system operates and how the Crown prosecutor approaches their case.
Graham was also selected from a pool of applicants to participate in the Provincial Court Clerkship program in his final year of law school. As a participant in this program he was able to shadow and learn from many Provincial Court judges and better learn how to advocate for clients and navigate the legal system.
In addition to his work experience, Graham focused his legal studies on the criminal law specifically. He completed numerous criminal law related classes including Advanced Criminal Law, Advanced Evidence, Sentencing, Advocacy, Wrongful Convictions, and Privacy and Surveillance. He also demonstrated strong leadership skills amongst his colleagues becoming president of the Law Faculty rugby team and captain of the Law Faculty hockey team.
Graham wants to assist no matter what stage of the proceedings you may be in. Whether the police are beginning an investigation, or your matter is set for trial; if you need assistance or advice, contact him at 780-421-4766 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a free in-person or over-the-phone consultation.