Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Brian focuses on Criminal Defence. He regularly appears in jury and non-jury trials, preliminary inquiries, bail hearings, sentencing hearings and appeals. Pursuant to the National Mobility Agreement, he is able to defend clients in any Canadian judicial center – however his work, primarily takes place in Saskatchewan, including Saskatoon, Regina, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Humboldt, Kindersley, La Ronge, Lloydminster, Meadow Lake, Melfort, Moose Jaw, Estevan, Swift Current, and Yorkton.
Brian’s cases range from DUI/Impaired Driving, domestic violence, assault, shoplifting, and theft, to murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, sex offences, child pornography, kidnapping, extortion, armed robbery, arson, gun/weapon offences, aggravated assault, fraud, and drug offences. The diverse range of criminal law cases he handles enables him to aggressively and competently handle any criminal charge.
He has appeared before a number of administrative tribunals, Professional Discipline Hearing Committees (representing engineers, financial advisors, physicians, accountants, realtors, and other lawyers), the National Parole Board, all levels of Saskatchewan Court and in the Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia and Ontario Provincial and Superior Courts.
Academic Contributions, Publications & Presentations
Brian has aided in the publication of several academic articles which have been featured in casebooks and course materials and taught as part of university courses in law, sociology, criminology and human justice. He has guest-lectured at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law and the University of Saskatchewan College of Commerce (now Edwards School of Business).
Brian serves as an instructor and lecturer at the Saskatchewan CPLED Bar Admission Course in the area of criminal law. Commencing in 2014, he will be a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law teaching “Advanced Criminal Law & Practicum” to upper year Juris Doctor students at U of S.
He is the author of the following articles and presentations:
Brian R. Pfefferle, “The Indefensibility of Post-Colonial Aboriginal Rights” (2007) Sask. L. Rev. 70.2 (Summer 2007): 393-423.
Brian R. Pfefferle, “Gladue Sentencing: Uneasy Answers to the Hard Problem of Aboriginal Over-Incarceration” (2008) Man. L. Rev. 32.2 (Winter 2008): 113-143.
Brian Pfefferle, “Understanding Your Basic Charter Rights” Presentation to Saskatchewan Provincial Correctional Centre Inmates: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 2008.
Kevin D. Hill & Brian R. Pfefferle: “Duty-Counseling – The Front-lines of Criminal Defence” (2008) SKLESI – Criminal Law Update – September, 2008.
Jay Watson & Brian Pfefferle: Webinar: “R. v. Cunningham… Can I Withdraw?” (June 22, 2010).
George Green & Brian Pfefferle: CBA Young Lawyers North “Criminal Law Update”. (February 10th, 2011).
Brian Pfefferle “Big, Medium or Solo?” University of Saskatchewan, College of Law: Introduction to the Legal Profession Workshop Series. (October 19th, 2011, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan).
Brian Pfefferle “Technology and the Law” University of Saskatchewan, College of Law: Future of Law Conference” (November 1st, 2012, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan).
Brian R. Pfefferle “Law Office Technology Tools for Lawyers: What Makes “Cents”?
(2013) Sask. L. Rev. 76(1) (Summer, 2013).
Amy L. Kolenick & Brian R. Pfefferle “Impaired Driving, Over 80 and Refusal: The Best Defences, When Your Client Has No Defence” (September 27, 2013) LEGAL AID SASKATCHEWAN, Professional Development Seminar in Criminal Law (Saskatoon).
Brian Pfefferle “Criminal Law in Saskatchewan” University of Saskatchewan, College of Law: Introduction to the Legal Profession Workshop Series. (January 29th, 2014, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan).
Kylie Head, Q.C., Derek Hoffman, Brian Pfefferle and Kimberly Stonechild, “Candid Conversations: Succeeding in the Practice of Law” (March 19, 2014) College of Law, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon).
Brian Pfefferle & Amy Kolenick “Curative Discharges” Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association Conference: CRIMINAL LAW: Ten Topics for Fearless & Ethical Advocacy
(May 9th, 2014) College of Law, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon).
Education & Work History
Brian is a member of the Saskatchewan Bar and joined Cuelenaere & Company as an articling-student after a distinguished academic career at the University of Saskatchewan where he received the highest academic standing in a number of courses. In 2011 Brian opened his own firm “Pfefferle Law Office” which operates out of the Historic Land Titles Building, a building that was restored in 1996 by Dan Shapiro Q.C. and Mark Brayford Q.C. Dan and Mark practice in the restored building under the firm name “Brayford and Shapiro”.
While at the University of Saskatchewan, Brian was awarded the Barron-Garcea Prize, the Tania Balicki Memorial Award, the P.E. Mackenzie Prize, the Orest and Marie Bendas Prize, the Canada Law Book Prize and the Carswell Prize for obtaining the highest academic average in the final year of study at the College of Law.
As an articling student, Brian was also awarded the Saskatchewan CPLED Prize for his performance and conduct during the Saskatchewan Bar Admission Course.
In 2010 Brian graduated with a B.A., from the University of Saskatchewan having been recognized as the most distinguished graduate in the Department of Native Studies. Although he is a non-Aboriginal, Brian feels that his professional education on the history of Indian, Metis and First Nations people allows him to better serve clients of Aboriginal or Metis ancestry.
LL.B. (with Distinction, Saskatchewan, 2007).
B.A. (with Great Distinction, Saskatchewan, 2010).
Professional & Community Involvement
Brian has acted as a presenter with the Law Society of Saskatchewan Continuing Professional Development Webinars, Saskatchewan Legal Education Society of Saskatchewan Inc., (SKLESI), Public Legal Education Society of Saskatchewan (PLEA), and he is a member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Bar Association, the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan, and the Saskatoon Criminal Defence Lawyers Association.
Brian is also actively involved in his community and is a member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish, the German Canadian Club Concordia, the German Alpenrose Shuplatters Dance Group, and is an Alumni Member of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies where he competed nationally in track and field and cross-country.
Brian enjoys all recreational sports and especially enjoys noon-hour weight-lifting and running. He and his wife Amy, a lawyer, reside in Saskatoon with their children.