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Shamsher Kothari

Shamsher Kothari has established himself as a well-respected and highly skilled trial lawyer. Shamsher’s practice area is unique and he deals with extremely complex criminal and regulatory cases ranging from theft and fraud to murder. Shamsher routinely defends charges under the Fair Trading Act, Income Tax Act, and Securities Act.


Shamsher has significant trial and appellate experience and has appeared at all levels of court in Alberta. Shamsher has been and continues to be counsel on extremely high-profile murder cases, complex securities cases, large drug trafficking cases, and mega fraud cases. Shamsher has defended drug cases involving cross border drug pipelines and wire taps. He was counsel on the largest and most complex fraud in Canadian history, and has successfully defended individuals accused of being contract killers.


After obtaining his undergraduate degree in International Relations and his Law degree from the University of Calgary, Shamsher articled with Harry Van Harten and Adriano Iovinelli. Shamsher was fortunate to complete a rotation of his articles with the Federal Crown (Public Prosecution Service of Canada) in their Economic Crime unit. Shamsher’s knowledge and experience in criminal law was sharpened during his employ as a senior judicial clerk for the Provincial Court of Alberta prior to obtaining his law degree.


Shamsher is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Calgary Bar Association, and the Criminal Defence Lawyers Association. Shamsher has been a member of the Legal Aid Alberta Southern Appeals Committee and an advocate of access to justice for indigent Albertans. 

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