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Faisal Alamy

Faisal Alamy
Associate | Orris Law Corporation

Faisal is a criminal defence lawyer and an associate at Orris Law Corporation. He represents clients charged with serious offences and has appeared in all levels of court in British Columbia. In addition to criminal defence, Faisal has experience in both civil litigation and immigration law. He obtained a Juris Doctor from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia and was called to the B.C. bar in 2019.


 We asked Faisal about his background, practice and the challenges that he faces.

"To be honest, I never thought I’d practice criminal defence. Most of my classes in law school were focused on corporate law, and I wanted to be a civil litigator. I secured an articling position with Don Sorochan, who has been practicing civil litigation for several decades. Don told me that to be a good litigator, you need to be a good advocate, and representing clients charged with criminal offences is one of the best ways to build your advocacy skills. Don introduced me to Glen Orris, and the first criminal case I worked on with Glen was a murder trial. I was instantly hooked and haven’t looked back since."

"Definitely keeping up with all the court practice directives! When COVID hit, the courts had to adapt to the need for social distancing and the increasing use of technology. This resulted in many changes in how we file documents, what platform to use when making an appearance, etc. On a positive note, this gave our courts the opportunity to become more tech savvy. "

"I recently had the opportunity to try a new litigation tool that offers both court and judge analytics. I wanted to see how many times the BC Supreme Court had ruled on a particular area of law. It turns out they had only heard this type of case a few times, whereas Ontario courts had heard dozens of cases like this. Having court data allowed me to emphasize the importance of precedents and frame submissions in a way that would be more appealing to the court. "

"Well, first of all, you really need to love this job. I think that is the single most important thing if you decide to work in this field. I try not to get emotionally involved in my cases and focus on the evidence. I also set limits for how long I spend in the office each day. I am very fortunate to be working in an office where family comes first, so I take advantage of that. We have a dog at home who has crazy energy, so taking him out for walks or just being outside for a bit makes a huge difference.

Here’s an interesting thing about virtual hearings for me: I was called to the bar in December 2019 and then COVID hit BC a couple of months after that. So really the only time I spent in court as a newly minted lawyer was the time between that. So virtual hearings for me is the norm. I personally like virtual court hearings. I find that it’s more efficient, particularly with brief appearances. "

"Personally: Travel. I haven’t seen my family for about 2 years now, my wife and I are planning to visit them in Saudi Arabia next winter if all goes well with the pandemic.

Professionally: Continuing to develop my advocacy skills by being in court as much as I can."

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