Jason was born and raised in Edmonton as the eldest of four children, and returned home after wandering through Western Canada for his legal education. He enjoyed training and competing as an amateur kickboxer through his twenties, and spends a significant amount of his free time coaching and trying to stay in shape. Much of the rest is spent in a stormy relationship with the local hockey team.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English from the University of Alberta, and a Juris Doctorate from Robson Hall at the University of Manitoba. While studying at Robson, he gained experience running criminal trials, sentencing hearings, and assisting in duty counsel work, preferring Courthouse to classroom in his final year of studies.
After a gruelling article focused on criminal defence in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta, Jason was called to the bar, becoming a Member of the Law Society of Alberta, and returned to Edmonton.
Over the course of his career, Jason has appeared on criminal cases in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. He has been most prolific in his home province, having argued before Justices of the Peace, the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, and the Alberta Court of Appeal.
Jason has successfully defended criminal allegations ranging from drug trafficking to criminal harassment, arguing the Charter rights of his clients and putting the Crown to the proof of the elements of the alleged offences. He is able to assist at any stage of proceedings, having experience with bail, interlocutory applications, preliminary inquiry, trial, sentencing, and appeal.