Matt Ackerman graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in 2021. Prior to joining Bottos Law Group, Matt completed his articles under the mentorship of prominent defence lawyer Mr. Peter J. Royal K.C.
During law school, Matt focused on criminal law and the law of evidence, completing courses in advanced evidence, advanced criminal law, criminal procedure, advocacy and constitutional litigation.
Outside of the classroom, Matt volunteered and worked extensively for Student Legal Services of Edmonton, a low-income legal clinic dedicated to providing free legal representation to those in need in Edmonton and the surrounding area. After volunteering during his first year of law school, Matt was hired as a dayleader, representing individuals on a variety of charges, including assault, theft under $5000, impaired driving and fraud. Following his second year, Matt was elected by his peers to act as Coordinator for Student Legal Services’ Criminal Law Project. In this role, while continuing to represent individuals in need, Matt oversaw the everyday processes of the Criminal Law Project, and guided the Project through the difficult beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of his work with Student Legal Services and service to the community, Matt was awarded the Class of 1971 award in his third year.
Prior to attending law school, Matt completed an undergraduate degree in Criminology (with distinction). During this degree, Matt completed two practicums. In his third year, he spent over 100 hours working at Edmonton Community Corrections. This practicum provided Matt first-hand experience with the work of probation officers, allowing him to pass along to his clients what to expect when on probation or judicial interim release. In his fourth year, Matt spent over 100 hours shadowing an Edmonton Crown Prosecutor. Through this experience Matt learned to see a criminal case through the eyes of a prosecutor, giving him valuable knowledge to assist with your criminal charges. In recognition of his academic achievement during his undergraduate degree, Matt was awarded the Stikeman Elliott LLP entrance scholarship upon entering law school.
Matt understands that being charged with a criminal or regulatory offence can be an intimidating and stressful process. He is happy to speak with you at anytime, free of charge.
Criminal Law Practice Areas:
- University of Alberta - Bachelor of Arts in Criminology (with Distinction)
- University of Alberta - Juris Doctor
Memberships & Associations
- Criminal Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)