Ouellette Hoare Claxton : 75 Years of Combined Criminal Law Experience

Ouellette Hoare Claxton :
75 Years of Combined
Criminal Law




If you have been charged with a criminal, drug, property or violent offence, your future is at stake. Retaining a senior criminal lawyer to defend you is the best choice you can make. You must trust your lawyer to speak for you and make complex strategic decisions; selecting the right criminal lawyer is imperative. Peter Hoare was called to the bar in 1996. From day one of his legal career, Peter has dedicated himself to protecting his clients’ rights throughout Calgary, western Canada, and the North West Territories. Peter Hoare’s depth of knowledge and ability to evaluate procedure and evidence has been developed over the course of two decades, while obtaining  practical experience and significant results. Peter has a well-established criminal defence practice and a long list of satisfied clients who continue to refer others. Specifically, Peter has gained extensive knowledge and experience defending people charged with drug possession and trafficking.

Peter’s approach to defending clients is effective and unique via:

  • Peter Hoare’s seniority allows him to maintain a caseload which provides ample time for discussion with clients, deliberate focus and thorough preparation.
  • Peter always communicates with his clients: You will know what is going on. You will not get sudden surprises.
  • Not every case is won through litigation/ trial. Often, optimal results are often achieved through alternative resolution strategies (such as the Alternative Measure Program), so that the matter never sees the light of day. Peter Hoare is adept at working with the legal system – in and out of the courtroom – for the best result possible.
Andre Ouellette

Andre Ouellette


Andre has been a criminal defence lawyer for over 35 years, with a particular focus on drug cases. Because these cases often involve entry into private premises, searches, and seizures of property, he has become expert in Charter of Rights litigation and in challenging unlawful and illegal searches by police.

Other areas where Andre has developed particular expertise are fraud charges and violent offences. He has represented accused persons in a number of high-profile homicides. He has conducted jury trials and judge alone trials in all western Canadian provinces, Yukon and Northwest Territories. In 1988 he was counsel on the first French jury trial in Western Canada. ​

Articling and being mentored by a criminal defence barrister allowed Andre to concentrate consistently on trial work at both provincial and superior court levels.

Andre has taught advocacy for both the Legal Education Society of Alberta, and the University of Calgary Law School. For a number of years, he was a board member of the national Court Challenges Program representing Western Canada.

Sadaf Raja

Sadaf Raja

Criminal Defence Lawyer, Family Lawyer, Personal Injury Lawyer

Sadaf Raja practices in the area of family law, criminal law and personal injury. Ms. Raja has appeared in all levels of courts in Province of Alberta. Ms. Raja received her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa in 2014 where she volunteered with Pro-Bono Students Canada with various organizations such as the John Howard Society of Canada and REACH Canada. Ms. Raja returned to her hometown of Calgary to article at a reputable national law firm. After working with two prominent law firms in Calgary, Ms. Raja started her private practice in 2019. Ms. Raja continues to work alongside best litigation lawyers in Calgary.

Using her litigation abilities, Ms. Raja assists her clients receive the best possible results in all litigations matters. Clients love Ms. Raja’s down-to-earth approach attitude, on-point and clear advice. Ms. Raja is known to be dedicated to her clients, to understand what the client’s needs are, and then efficiently developing case around the client’s goals. This skillset is highly valuable for complex family law litigation matters.

Ms. Raja has travelled and worked internationally, wherein; she has worked with the United Nations in Thailand and worked with EURAC in Italy. In her downtime, Ms. Raja loves travelling and spending time with her young family in Calgary.

Areas of Practice: Family Law, Criminal Law, Personal Injury

Education: J.D., University of Ottawa – 2014, B.A., Mount Royal University – 2011

Languages: English, Punjabi, Urdu / Hindi, Conversational French



Criminal Defence Lawyer

Mike is a skilled lawyer, practicing exclusively in the area of criminal defence.

With over 10 years of legal experience, Mike has the knowledge and skills to vigorously advocate for you, and the attention to detail to carefully review your matter, allowing you to achieve the best possible outcome. You can expect to receive practical advice and solutions. His depth of knowledge and keen attention to detail will work to your advantage.

Mike limits the number of files he carries to ensure he is responsive, able to dedicate the time your file deserves, and able to work closely with you from the beginning to end of your case.


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Calgary (2009)
  • Bachelor of Commerce, with Distinction, University of Calgary (2005)

Bar Admission

  • Alberta (2010)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Criminal Defence Lawyers’ Association
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