Zalman Haouzi is a criminal defence lawyer based in Montreal, Quebec, with more than a decade of hands-on experience. In 2011, he established his firm to help clients navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system. Zalman is dedicated to guiding his clients to achieve the most favourable outcome based on their unique circumstances and the specifics of their cases.

Zalman works closely with each client to understand them on a human level. He approaches all cases with the belief that good people can make bad choices and that behind the criminal charge there are usually unknown challenges beneath the surface. With that in mind, he approaches each case with empathy and guides his clients throughout the criminal process.

With a high value placed on guaranteed results, Zalman prefers to resolve criminal files through negotiation rather than trial. There is great solace in an assured outcome,  as we know that a significant portion of the stress from a criminal charge stems from uncertainty and fear of the unknown.

For Zalman, the ideal client is a first-time offender who understands the value of doing everything possible to avoid a criminal record. Zalman often asks his clients to “help us help you” so that they can present the best version of themselves to the judge.

Zalman works extremely hard for his clients, advocating on their behalf the same way he would want a lawyer to advocate for him. He thinks outside the box and goes the extra mile for his clients. He’s not afraid to make bold suggestions and address difficult challenges. His team considers all eventual scenarios and preemptively sets in place a backup plan in the event that things don’t go exactly as planned. 

In addition to his legal work, Zalman is committed to community service and professional development. Early in his career, Zalman volunteered for a non-profit organization assisting landlords and tenants in navigating the legal landscape of housing law. He also played an integral role in establishing pro bono legal services at the Municipal Court of Montreal. Zalman also actively participates in professional organizations, including the Lord Reading Law Society. He has served on the board of legal associations such as the Jeune Barreau de Montréal, the Association of Montreal Defence Lawyers (AADM), and the Montreal Bar Association. He also lovingly volunteers much of his time to his children.

Education & admission to the bar

  • McGill University, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), 2006
  • Université de Montréal, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), 2009
  • Barreau du Québec, 2011


  • Association Québécoise des Avocats et Avocates de la Défense (AQAAD)
  • Association des Avocats de la Défense de Montréal (AADM)
  • Lord Reading Law Society
  • Barreau du Québec
  • Barreau de Montréal