Gunn Law Group

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Street Address 11210-142 STREET
State/Province Alberta
Zipcode T5M 1T9
Phone 780-488-4460
Fax 780 488-4783
Cities of Practice Airdrie, Athabasca, Barrhead, Bonnyville, Boyle, Breton, Calgary, Camrose, Canmore, Cardston, Cold Lake, Coronation, Didsbury, Drayton Valley, Drumheller, Edmonton, Edson, Evansburg, Fairview, Falher, Fort Saskatchewan, Fort McMurray, Fox Creek, Grande Cache, Grande Prairie, High Level, High Prairie, Hinton, Jasper, Killam, Lac La Biche, Leduc, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Mayerthorpe, Medicine Hat, Morinville, Peace River, Ponoka, Red Deer, Red Earth Creek, Rimbey, Rocky Mountain House, Sherwood Park, Slave Lake, St Albert, Stettler, Stony Plain, St. Paul, Strathmore, Valleyview, Vegreville, Vermilion, Wabasca-Desmarais, Wainwright, Westlock, Wetaskiwin, Whitecourt
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As soon as you contact us by email or phone, you will be able to talk to a lawyer, free of charge, about your options. That lawyer will give you information about the first steps you need to take in order to find out if you have defences worth taking to court. We will tell you about options which may allow you to get your license back and drive until your trial date. The lawyer will provide important information about deadlines that you have to meet in order to exercise those options. We will also be brutally honest. Either you have arguments or you don’t. We will ensure that, whether you plead guilty or not guilty, your decision is a fully informed one that you will be comfortable with years down the road.

Bruce Gunn excelled in defending impaired driving offences. Impaired driving, also known as DUI (Driving Under the Influence), DWI (Driving While Impaired) and drunk driving all refer to the same thing. Impaired driving, driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit and refusal cases are charges which many lawyers do not feel comfortable defending. That is understandable. If impaired driving law is not one’s passion, then one cannot excel at it. The law changes almost daily and our criminal defence lawyers have received the training they need to know about the scientific background behind the breath-testing procedures currently in use. Bruce Gunn had the imagination, creativity, knowledge and determination needed to successfully defend impaired driving cases. The defence lawyers he trained at Gunn Law Group, and those who have joined the firm since his passing, are well-positioned to launch a vigorous defence of these cases.

Our firm stands out in the areas of impaired driving, DUI, DWI, over .08, and refusal charges. If you look at our flagship cases, you will see that Gunn Law Group has been instrumental in developing the law on impaired driving in Alberta and elsewhere. Most of our impaired driving lawyers have taken specialized training on breath-testing instruments such as the Intoxilyzer 5000C, the Intoxilyzer 8000C and Intox EC IR II. Impaired driving, DUI and DWI files are the cases we take to trial every day. Once we review disclosure, we will give you an honest opinion about whether or not you should take your case to trial. If our opinion is that it is worth litigating, you can expect a strong, well-prepared defence at trial.

We also have lawyers with significant experience defending Criminal Code offences other than impaired driving charges, and who will ensure that you receive excellent representation whatever the offence alleged.




Shannon Gunn Emery, formerly known as Shannon KC Prithipaul, went to Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1988 to study in a Bachelor of Science Program at St. Frances Xavier University. After two years in sciences, Shannon changed into the arts program and in 1991 received her Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Shannon then went to the University of Alberta and enrolled in the Bachelor of Education Program at La Faculté Saint Jean. Shannon completed her Bachelor of Education in French with Distinction in 1993. She completed her Bachelor of Law degree in 2001. While in Law School, Shannon received two awards for advocacy: the Al Schumiatcher Prize in second year and the Gordon Wright QC Memorial Award in third year. Shannon received specialized training on the Intoxilyzer 5000C in Calgary in 2004, the Intoxilyzer 8000C in 2008 and the Intox EC IR II in 2012. She received training in drug recognition in the context of drug impaired driving in 2017. Shannon runs trials and can conduct appeals in either official language.

In 2008, Shannon was admitted to the Law Society of the Northwest Territories and in 2012 was admitted to the Yukon Bar. Shannon was President of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association from 2013 to 2015. She trained as, and received her designation as, a collaborative family lawyer and as a mediator in 2017.



Steve began his articles with Gunn Law Group in the summer of 2011. Our firm and our clients have come to appreciate Steve’s diligence and enthusiasm for the law, as well as his quirky sense of humour. Since his arrival at the office, Steve has proven to be a formidable advocate. His work in a number of cases has been ground-breaking. He has represented clients at all levels of court in Alberta. In 2015, Steve was awarded the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association’s “Top Gunn” award for advocacy.



Adam obtained Honours in his Bachelors of Sciences degree in 2006 at Thompson Rivers University before going on to complete his Juris Doctor of Laws at the University of Alberta in 2013. While in university, he was a project coordinator for Student Legal Services. Adam was admitted to the bar in 2014. Since then, Adam has run trials in Provincial Court as well as the Court of Queen’s Bench and run appeals of administrative license suspensions before the Transportation Safety Board. Gunn Law Group was pleased to welcome Adam to its firm in 2017.



Carmen comes from a small, francophone community in rural northern Alberta. In 2010, she moved to Edmonton and completed two years towards a degree at the French Campus Saint-Jean of the University of Alberta. In 2012, she transferred to the Faculty of Law and three years later completed her Juris Doctor degree. Carmen was called to the bar on October 7, 2016 and since then has handled cases covering a wide variety of disciplines including: wills, estates, corporate, estate litigation, civil litigation, real estate, dependent adults and trusteeships, and family law. Joining our firm in 2018, Carmen has decided to focus her practice primarily on family law, as well as wills and estates.

Carmen is fully bilingual and can handle cases in either official language.



Sean started with the firm as a Student at Law in mid-2017 and came to Gunn Law with court experience already. While completing his studies at the University of Alberta, Sean worked extensively with Student Legal Services. Sean also worked as a judicial clerk in the past. We are pleased to announce that Sean joined our Criminal Law team permanently in July 2018.



Gunn Law group is pleased to announce that Gil Miciak will be joining the firm as their articling student in 2020. Gil has worked at the Crown’s office and as a clerk with the Courts. We are very pleased to welcome him to Gunn Law Group. It will be a bit of a wait as Gil will complete part of his articles with the Courts before joining us sometime in April, 2020. In the meantime, the firm will not be hiring any other students.

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