Samantha Arrandale



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Samantha Arrandale is developing a diverse practice in criminal, regulatory, administrative, and civil litigation. She joined MacKay Boyar in 2017 after articling with the firm.

Sam received her JD from the University of Victoria, where she was recognized for her achievements in criminal law and her representation of UVic at the MacIntyre Cup. While at law school, Sam spent a summer working at Prisoners’ Legal Services advocating for prisoners’ rights and defending institutional disciplinary charges. She also spent a semester with The Law Centre where she represented clients with respect to criminal, family, civil and human rights issues and ran a prison law clinic at William Head Institution.

Before attending law school, Sam worked as a legal assistant for many years. She holds a Bachelor of Art (Honours) from Simon Fraser University where she majored in criminology.


  • JD, University of Victoria (2016)
  • BA (Hon), Simon Fraser University (2013)

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 2017

Notable Cases

R v. Gill (unreported)
Sam Arrandale and Tam Boyar represented an individual charged with a number of serious driving offences including impaired driving causing bodily harm and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

R v. McDonald, 2014 BCSC 477
Since 2013, Sam has represented Thomas McDonald in connection with criminal proceedings arising from the 1981 shooting death of an individual in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Chief Constable Frank Elsner
Since 2015, Sam has represented former Chief Constable Frank Elsner in connection with disciplinary proceedings brought against him by the Police Complaint Commissioner under Part 11 of the Police Act, RSBC 1996, c. 367.

Dhillon v. Her Majesty the Queen (and others)
Since 2015, Tam Boyar and Sam Arrandale have been involved in the defence of a claim for Charter damages arising from the alleged non-disclosure of information in the criminal context.

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  • Member, Criminal Justice Section, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
  • Member, Trial Lawyers Association of BC
  • Member, Criminal Defence Advocacy Society (CDAS)