JASON C. LEBLOND
He received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of British Columbia in 1995. He then went on to graduate from the University of Saskatchewan Law Program in 1999. Following this, Jason worked as an associate with a large Prince George law firm.
In 2003, he started independent practice. He was focused on criminal defence trial work. Since working as a sole practitioner, he has been involved in a wide variety of criminal cases, ranging from impaired driving to serious violent offenses including murder. Jason also has significant experience with offenses under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act.
Jason has long been concerned about access to justice issues. He has volunteered his time as a member of the Legal Services Criminal Tariff Advisory Committee over the past two years. Jason tries to ensure access to justice by devoting a portion of his practice to accepting legal aid referrals for eligible individuals who cannot afford a lawyer.
Prior to his legal career, Jason financed his education by working in highway construction, eventually as a project coordinator for a major contractor. Jason also had a brief career in competitive cycling, racing with a variety of sponsors in about 15 sanctioned events each year for 5 years – including the Canadian National Mountain Bike Championships in 1993.
An avid sportsman, Jason enjoys the rugged beauty of Northern British Columbia by engaging in hunting and fishing. He has been a member of the Prince George Rod and Gun Club since 2000. During the winter months, Jason regularly plays hockey in the Prince George Rec Hockey League.
Barrister and Solicitor
Connor enrolled in the business program at the College of New Caledonia before switching to Criminology as an academic pursuit, finding the subject matter far more interesting. Pursuing a bachelor of arts in criminology led Connor to Simon Fraser University from which he graduated with honors first class in 2007.
Connor attended law school at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from the fall of 2008 until graduation in April of 2011. Following second year, in the summer of 2010, Connor gained employment as a temporary articled student at Third Avenue Law. Returning to Prince George after a prolonged absence allowed Connor to gain some perspective on all living in the north has to offer. When he was offered an articling position with the opportunity to establish a vibrant practice following his call to the bar, he seized the opportunity.
Connor's sole area of practice as a lawyer is criminal defence law.
In 1978, he chose to sell his business and entered Law School as a mature student. Keith was called to the bar in 1982 and has practiced continuously in BC ever since. In 2004, he decided to move to Prince George where he took a position as a staff lawyer with the Legal Services Society. When the local office of LSS shut down in 2010, he was asked to join Third Avenue Law where he has remained ever since, practicing exclusively in the field of criminal law.