Hadford Defence Group is a regional law firm providing consultation and representation for all criminal matters including appeals, drug offences, assault, firearms offences, robbery, break and enter, impaired driving (not including administrative), domestic violence, major crimes, theft and fraud, young offenders, and pardons. Hadford Defence Group has an exclusive focus on criminal law and provides round-the-clock and personalized service to clients in Southern Alberta. Each client’s personal situation is carefully considered while we work hard toward the best possible outcome every time.
Hadford Defence Group is located in the historic Paramount Theatre Building in downtown Lethbridge.
Hadford Defence Group is owned and operated by Scott Hadford, Juris Doctor.
Born and raised in southern Alberta, Scott Hadford practiced corporate law in the United States for eight years before returning home and being called to the Alberta Bar in 2008. Before returning to Canada, Scott was licensed to practice law in Arizona, Utah, and Idaho. In addition to corporate law, Scott has practiced some family law as well as represented many indigenous clients through the Indian Residential School settlement process in southern Alberta. Scott’s preferred practice, and his exclusive focus, is criminal defence.
Scott has two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Utah State University. Completing both with the summa cum laude distinction, Scott’s first degree is in Political Science and the second degree is in Philosophy. Scott holds a Juris Doctorate from J Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, where he was the recipient of multiple academic awards.
Scott is a determined barrister and solicitor who welcomes the challenges presented by appearing in court at all of the southern Alberta circuit points, running a trial practice, and maintaining a law firm in Lethbridge. Scott has experience appearing before the Provincial Court of Alberta, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Alberta Court of Appeal. Scott’s work advocating for clients is reflected in numerous published court decisions. Scott believes in mentorship and has valued the mentorship he received when he was a young lawyer. Because of this, Scott makes himself available to assist young lawyers when he can.
Scott supports the community with pro bono work at Lethbridge Legal Guidance and volunteering for Law Day. Scott has served as a volunteer for the moot court for Western Law’s Criminal Law Students’ Association at the University of Western Ontario. Scott is a proud supporter of Streets Alive and the Parkside Group Home. Scott is a current member of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association. He is also a founding member and an active Director of the Southern Alberta Defense Lawyers Association.
To retain or to book a free consultation with Scott, please call our office at 403-380-1999.
Vincent M. Guinan,
After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in General Business and Finance from the University of Saskatchewan, Vincent Guinan was awarded a law degree from Bond University in Australia. Born and raised in Calgary, Vince returned to Southern Alberta after law school. Vince has practiced criminal law in Southern Alberta since being called to the Alberta Bar in 2014, and he joined Hadford Defence Group in August of 2021.
Vince has spent his career in vigorous defence of clients charged with a wide variety of serious and complex criminal and regulatory charges. Vince has earned a professional reputation of being a tireless advocate for countless clients while providing compassionate, client-focussed service throughout the process.
As a skilled trial lawyer, Vince has successfully defended clients against charges that include second-degree murder, break and enter, assault, sexual assault, robbery, drug trafficking and possession. Vince also represents clients in quasi-criminal regulatory proceedings stemming from the Fisheries Act, the Species at Risk Act, the Firearms Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the Customs Act. Vince’s trial work has been highlighted in a number of published court decisions, recognizing him as an exemplary criminal defence lawyer.
Vince Guinan is an active member and Director of the Southern Alberta Defence Lawyers’ Association. To retain or to book a free consultation with Vince, please phone our office at 403-380-1999.
Hadford Defence Group is pleased to welcome its newest member. Cara Lebenzon, Juris Doctor, is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law. Cara also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Affairs from the University of Calgary, and a Master of Arts in Political Science and Government from Tel Aviv University.
Before attending law school, Cara gained excellent skills working as a senior branded content writer for international startup EX.CO and through other marketing roles in the tech industry. While completing her Doctor of Laws at the University of Ottawa, Cara had the opportunity to develop her interest in the practice of criminal defence in internships at Friedman Mansour LLP and with the Law Office of Rosalind E. Conway.
As President of one of the Law Student Associations at the University of Ottawa, Cara was honoured with the 2020 Student Leadership Award from an Ottawa community federation.
Born and raised in Calgary, Cara looks forward to returning to Alberta to launch her career as a student-at-law at Hadford Defence Group. Cara began both the Canadian Centre for the Practice of Legal Education articles and the Alberta Law Society’s Practice Readiness Education Program in June 2021, under the supervision of her Principal, Scott Hadford. Cara Lebenzon is a member of the Southern Alberta Defense Lawyers Association and the Alberta Prison Justice Society.
Steffanie holds a combined Bachelor of Arts degree, with a focus on history, political science and sociology, and a Bachelor of Education degree, with a focus on English, from the University of Lethbridge. Steffanie also completed a Legal Assistant diploma from Robertson College. She has been performing a broad range of Paralegal duties since 2018 and holds a Paralegal designation from the Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals.
In addition to supporting the lawyers with research, writing, and complex file management, Steffanie Okrainec fills the role of Traffic Agent by managing traffic offences ranging from driving while uninsured, careless driving, driving while unauthorized and photo radar disputes. Steffanie Okrainec finesses the legal practice at Hadford Defence Group with her attention to detail and commitment to clients. At Hadford Defence Group, clients are in excellent hands!
Born and raised in Alberta, Jonathan worked as a butcher for over twenty years. Although he greatly enjoyed the work and the people, Jonathan looked for a change to pursue work in a longtime interest area.
Jonathan’s interest in the law began when he was young, fueled by popular culture and legal studies courses in school. Jonathan completed the Reeve’s College Legal Assistant program with Honours in 2021 and he also holds a Commissioner for Oaths appointment from Alberta Justice.
Jonathan has become our resident media expert and loves being in a position to help people during what may be very challenging times in their lives. Jonathan says that he “could not be happier about being at Hadford Defence Group, with great people, who are the best at what they do.”
After spending 25 years with the Lethbridge School Division, and the last 19 of those as a School Administrator, Heather brings vast experience in effective business administration, human resources management, and solution-focused problem-solving. Heather focuses on the business operations at Hadford Defence Group so that Scott and Steffanie stay focused on doing an excellent job of defending clients.
Heather received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Dalhousie University, as well as a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership, both from the University of Lethbridge. In order to better support clients, Heather holds a Commissioner for Oaths appointment from Alberta Justice.
Heather received the YWCA (Lethbridge & District) Women of Distinction Award in 2017 in the area of Education and Mentorship. Heather currently serves as Chair of an Advisory Board within the Centre for Justice and Human Services at the Lethbridge College.