Clayton Rice, Q.C.

Mr. Rice received his Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University and his Master of Laws degree from New York University. He was a professor of law at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, for ten years where he taught Criminal Law, Evidence and Constitutional Law. He is a member of The Law Society of Alberta and a Queen's Counsel. He joined Mckay Ferg LLP Of Counsel in 2019.

Mr. Rice practices criminal law specializing in drug cases, white collar crime and regulatory offences. He has extensive experience in covert police techniques such as wiretapping and other forms of electronic surveillance that frequently involve the use of warrants for the search and seizure of electronic devices. He has been counsel in a broad range of cases before all courts of the Province of Alberta, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Rice was a founding member of the Criminal Trial Lawyers' Association and has frequently participated as a lecturer and panelist in legal education programs. He has been an instructor in Trial Advocacy at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, and has lectured in criminal law at the Alberta Bar Admission Course, the Legal Education Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association.

Mr. Rice is the founder and publisher of the blog On The Wire where he posts regularly.  You may visit his website at and follow him on Twitter @WiretapLawyer.



Clayton Rice, Q.C.
Doyles - Preeminent - 2020
Doyles - First Tier - 2020