Zachary Al-Khatib

Zachary Al-Khatib

Appellate Counsel

Phone: 780-784-7500
Toll Free: 1-833-784-7500
Fax: 780-421-4872


JD (with Distinction) - University of Toronto, 2017 
BA (History, with Distinction) - University of Alberta, 2013


Dean’s Key for Academic Achievement and Student Leadership

Stephanie Fleur Couzin Mooting Medal

Blakes’ Scholar Award (2014-2017)

Gowlings WLG Prize in Trial Advocacy

Jerry S. Grafstein, QC Prize in Media & Defamation Law

Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award

Professional Memberships

Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Assoc. 

Canadian Muslim Lawyers’ Assoc.


Zachary Al-Khatib has represented accused persons at every level of court in Alberta, Ontario, and BC, and been counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada.  He has been successful on some the most serious charges in the Criminal Code, including first-degree murder, terrorism offences, sexual assault, and fraud. He has handled high-profile and complex cases at trial and appeal. 

Zachary brings his years of experience working for judges at the Alberta Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada to help his clients. His approach is both client-centred and judge-focused. 

He primarily deals with criminal appeals, other complex litigation, including terrorism offences, and also handles select criminal and civil trials. His experience includes work on numerous high-profile, precedent-setting Canadian cases. Zachary combines insights from criminal, constitutional, administrative, and civil law to solve his client’s problems.

Professional Discipline

Zachary has represented doctors, dentists, lawyers, teachers, and other professionals in discipline matters. He has successfully resolved cases for clients facing serious professional consequences for allegations of sexual misconduct, misappropriation of trust monies, breach of trust, and fraud. 

Zachary has also advised members of the legal profession facing potential negligence claims and acted as investigation and repair counsel for LawPRO, Ontario’s legal insurer. 

Civil Cases

Zachary’s practice also includes select civil matters including defamation, human rights and wrongful dismissal cases, and estates disputes (particularly issues involving Islamic wills and inheritance). 

Zachary can assist clients in English and Arabic, and has a working knowledge of French and Urdu. 

Representative Work:

Karygiannis v. Toronto (City)2020 ONCA 411

Successfully argued on behalf of a concerned citizen who brought legal proceedings to remove a City Councillor from office for campaign finance violations. Coun. Karygiannis publicly resigned from politics after the Court’s decision.

References re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act2021 SCC 11

Written intervener submissions on behalf of Amnesty International. The Court adopted our submissions at paras 159 and 190, holding that that international agreements and obligations have a role to play in the national concern analysis.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation v Her Majesty the Queen, et al2021 SCC 33

Written intervener submissions on behalf of a coalition of media organizations, arguing that the Open Court principle must apply to all stages of a judicial proceeding (not just to evidence that is ultimately admitted), and that courts have continuing jurisdiction in all situations to vary or rescind a publication ban they have issued without appeal to a higher court.

Gaya v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2020 FC 731

Successfully argued one of the first appeals under No-Fly List legislation (the Secure Air Travel Act). The motion involved a novel issue regarding the scope of amicus in No-Fly List appeals. 

 R v XC2020 ONSC 410 

Successfully argued one of the first motions under ss. 276 (4) and 278.92 of the Criminal Code to interpret new sexual assault provisions brought about by Bill C-51, and obtained an acquittal on all charges.

Sakab Holding Co. v Al Jabri2021 ONSC 3909 

Successful on a precedent-setting case regarding the permissible scope of cross-examination on an asset-disclosure affidavit in the context of a worldwide Mareva injunction.

Skymark Finance Corporation v Toraman2020 CanLII 51091 (ON SCSM)

Completely successful in precedent-setting Consumer Protection Act case; client’s water-purifier contract declared void for violating numerous provisions of the CPA, resulting in a full refund of all money paid by the client.

If you would like a FREE CONSULTATION with Zachary Al-Khatib, contact him now:

EDMONTON Phone: 780-784-7500 | Toll-free: 1-833-784-7500
300 MacLean Block10110 – 107 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 1J4