Shawn King

King Defence

Edmonton Lawyers


Shawn’s legal practice is solely focused on criminal defence. Shawn graduated from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law. While in law school, Shawn received various awards for academic achievement, such as the C McGoey award for academic achievement and participation in the area of criminal law, and the Coughlan Moot award for advocacy in the area of criminal law. Shawn also volunteered extensively with Student Legal Services of Edmonton in the Criminal Law Project and served as a Day Leader with Student Legal Services.

Shawn has focused his criminal law practice primarily in Edmonton, Stony Plain, Sherwood Park, and Fort McMurray. However, he travels throughout Northern Alberta to wherever a client may need him. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Shawn’s familiarity with all four Atlantic Provinces has allowed him to communicate to the courts, on behalf of clients, the Atlantic Canadian culture and the specific challenges faced by Maritimers and Newfoundlanders working and residing in Alberta. Frequently, creative strategies have been employed by Shawn to ensure favourable results for rural Albertan and Atlantic Canadian clients. Shawn’s area of practice ranges from impaired driving, assaults, and minor thefts to drug trafficking and serious sexual assault trials.

Besides having a general practice of criminal defence, Shawn has a relatively unique area of practice in technology related crimes. Before becoming a lawyer, Shawn spent a number of years in the Information Technology sector, working for numerous large telecommunications companies, eventually coming to Edmonton to work for IBM. Police forensic experts are often taken by the courts as being well informed and reliable. Shawn’s intimate knowledge of consumer and commercial technology has allowed him to exploit weaknesses in police forensic evidence through precise cross-examination. This has allowed Shawn to properly inform the courts of underlying technical issues in the evidence that make it dangerous for the courts to convict using that evidence.

Shawn is happy to discuss your legal matters with you, even if it is simply to provide answers to legal information questions.


Sam received her law degree from the University of Alberta. She also has bachelor degrees in Psychology and Finance.

Originally from Calgary, Sam was the President of a sorority and started her own technology company prior to moving to Edmonton to attend law school. Sam also enjoys playing League of Legends and streaming on Twitch in her spare time.

Sam completed her articles with the firm in Edmonton and was called to the bar recently, in September 2018. Sam has focused her practice mostly on family law and criminal files in areas related to drug trafficking.

Sam takes a no-nonsense approach to legal issues and strives to ensure her clients are treated fairly throughout the litigation process.

If you are considering a divorce or have general questions, get in touch with her.

CALIENA SWICK – Student-at-Law

Caliena also graduated from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law. She volunteered extensively in the organization named Student Legal Services throughout all 3 years of her time at the University. This organization provides legal services to students and those unable to afford a lawyer. In fact, during her final year, she acted as the Coordinator for the entire criminal defence program.

Caliena plans to practice solely in the area of criminal defence and always has a willing ear to lend if you are facing criminal charges.

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