Brad Leebody is a criminal lawyer and has been representing individuals accused of criminal and regulatory offences for over 17 years.
Brad has enjoyed great success in both criminal trial and appellate courts throughout Alberta and has earned a reputation for hard work and dedication to his clients. Brad’s legal practice based on two key principles: Having the highest ethical standards and advancing a client centred approach to the practice of criminal law.
Brad completed his post-secondary education at the University of Alberta and majored in psychology before attending law school in 1998. While in law school, Brad volunteered with Student Legal Services defending those charged with criminal offences who could not afford legal representation and did not qualify for assistance through Alberta’s Legal Aid program. Although he started his legal career with the goal of becoming a prosecutor, his experience defending some of Edmonton’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens ignited passion for criminal defence work.
Upon graduation in 2001, Brad was offered articling positions by both Alberta Justice and the Federal Prosecution Service of Canada, but ultimately chose private practice. Brad was mentored and trained by the late Alexander Pringle, Q.C. and practiced criminal law at Pringle & Associates for four years. He practiced a further ten years with the law firm Beaver Leebody & Associates before founding the criminal defence firm Leebody Lloyd LLP in 2016.
Brad is committed to continuing his own education and mentoring the next generation of criminal defence lawyers. In addition to acting as a mentor to the articling students, Brad also taught legal ethics at the University of Alberta. He has also been a guest speaker at high schools in and around Edmonton, teaching students about the practice of criminal law in Canada.
Since his beginnings in criminal law in 1998, Brad has represented clients accused of committing everything from the most obscure crimes to the most serious criminal offences. Over the course of his career, Brad has advanced a variety of constitutional challenges on behalf of his clients, including the right to a fair trial within a reasonable amount of time, the right not to be searched by police, the right to have access to a lawyer upon arrest and has made challenges to the constitutionality of provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Brad has been retained by a number of Alberta corporations charged with regulatory offences. He is also one of an exclusive group of criminal defence lawyers that law enforcement agencies have retained when their members require representation.
Brad is always looking for an interesting case or client to represent. He looks forward to the challenge that every new case brings.