Alan Risen
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Alan Risen

Senior Partner


Oshawa, Ontario, Canada


Alan is the senior lawyer at this firm. Alan obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from York University. He received his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School, and completed his articling for the Crown Attorney’s Office in Whitby. Alan was called to the Bar by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1978.

Alan practices exclusively in criminal law, and has done so for the past 40 years from the same office located in downtown Oshawa. He has conducted trials throughout Ontario on charges ranging from domestic assault to impaired driving to murder, and various other charges under the Criminal Code and federal statutes. Alan has also argued cases in the Court of Appeal, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. He has lectured at Osgoode Hall Law School, taught at Durham College, and has been a guest speaker at many legal conferences. He was also the President of Durham Region Law Association, and has been the representative of the local Bar on numerous committees relating to the administration of justice in this region.

Alan is a member of the Advocates’ Society, Criminal Lawyers Association, and is certified as a Specialist in Criminal Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Allison A. Curley joined McLellan Herbert in 2017 as an Articled Student after graduating from the Juris Doctor program at Thompson Rivers University. Before joining McLellan Herbert, Allison was a Legal Research Student with the British Columbia Law Institute and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law in 2017, and the Law Foundation of British Columbia in 2016. During law school, Allison volunteered as a Student Clinician with Thompson Rivers University’s Community Legal Clinic. Allison also volunteered as an Editor with the Canadian Journal on Comparative and Contemporary Law. Before attending law school, Allison obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary. Allison will serve as a Member-at­ Large for the Canadian Bar Association’s National Elder Law Section for the 2018/2019 year.


Stewards of Children, Little Warriors for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Mar. 2013

American Sign Language, Level 102, June 2013

Family Violence Screening Training, Mar. 2017

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Criminal Law, Law Society of Upper Canada

Bar Admissions

  • Law Society of Upper Canada, 1978


  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • LL.B.
  • York University
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts


  • Lecturer, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Teacher, Durham College

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Durham Region Law Association, Member
  • Advocates’ Society, Member
  • Criminal Lawyers Association, Member
  • Ontario Bar Association, Member