Jordan Lester

Biography

Jordan is an associate lawyer with Cheadles LLP. He obtained a Juris Doctor in 2011 from Bond University in Queensland, Australia, and a Bachelor of Journalism Honours in 2006 from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Prior to joining Cheadles, Jordan articled as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of Justice - Northwest region. Despite being based in Thunder Bay, he also clerked for the judges of Kenora, Sault Ste. Marie and Parry Sound. As part of his duties, he would do everything from providing legal research to the judges, to editing judgments, to periodic updates on changes in various areas of law. The clerkship exposed Jordan to many different areas of law, while providing for a very unique behind-the-scenes glimpse into the inner-workings of the legal system.

Jordan graduated law school with Division A Honours, receiving the faculty’s High Distinction in both Corporations Law and Business Associations.  In addition to his academic achievements, Jordan was chosen to represent his school at a national Constitutional Law moot in Canberra, ACT.

Before entering the world of law, Jordan spent several years as a reporter for the CBC.  He split his time between the stations in Thunder Bay, Sudbury and Winnipeg. He has filed stories at the regional, provincial and national level, making regular contributions to programs such as World Report, Ontario Today, and The World This Weekend. Jordan also spent time hosting Voyage North, the afternoon show for Northwestern Ontario. Jordan is very active with various not-for-profit organizations in Thunder Bay, and in his spare time he enjoys snowboarding, playing hockey, fishing and watching the Blue Jays.

Jordan has successfully represented clients while appearing before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Divisional Court, Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice, Provincial Offences Court, Small Claims Court, Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Ontario Municipal Board.  His cases have been reported by the Ontario Reports, Canadian Human Rights Reports, Canadian Labour Law Cases, Municipal and Planning Law Reports, Construction Law Reports, Weekly Criminal Bulletins and the All Canada Weekly Summaries.

Professional Associations

Thunder Bay Law Association
Ontario Bar Association
Trial Advocates’ Society
Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association
Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education

Community Involvement

Clinical Instructor – Lakehead University Faculty of Law – Constitutional Law
Trustee – Thunder Bay Community Foundation
Director – Thunder Bay Law Association
Director – Thunder Bay International Baseball Association
Fundraiser – Harbour Youth Services of Thunder Bay
Organizer – Shebandowan Smallmouth Showdown

Educational Background

Call to the Bar (Ontario) 2013

Juris Doctor, Bond University 2011

Bachelor of Journalism, Honours, University of King’s College 2006

Publications

Bullying in the Workplace: an Employer's Obligations

Responsible Communication on Matters of Public Interest

Intrusion upon Seclusion: Ontario's New Tort of Invasion of Privacy

Dealing with Digital Property

Bill S-6 and the First Nations Elections Act: The Modernization/Paternalization of Voting under the Indian Act

How to Accomodate Transgendered or Gender-Nonconforming Students in Schools

Media

Precedents Magazine Article - Thunder Bay is ready for take off

Advocates Society - Keeping Tabs August 2016 - Interview