Our Approach

JFK Law strives to deliver practical, creative and cost-effective solutions to our clients.  We believe in spending time to get to know our clients’ needs and goals, so we can offer useful advice and work collaboratively to achieve great outcomes.  Our team uses its skills and experience to meet challenges head-on, from the field to the boardroom to the courtroom. We offer our clients the best representation possible, finding long-lasting solutions to their legal problems. Forward looking, we are not afraid to challenge the law to advance our clients rights and help them to meet their goals.

Our History

In 2009, a group of lawyers founded JFK Law so they could practice law as they believed it should be: committed to core values of advancing the law fearlessly, creating social change, and promoting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Our three founding principals – Robert Janes, Robert Freedman and Rosanne Kyle – had worked in both big and small firms and in government over nearly two decades. They wanted a new team that would help clients benefit from their deep experience.

This approach has succeeded from the beginning. As our team of lawyers and professional staff has grown, we have advanced our clients’ cases to the Supreme Court of Canada; helped Indigenous people resist unwanted development of their lands; helped negotiate strong agreements with the Crown and with industry; assisted our clients to build institutional capacity and governance structures; and much more.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

We are pleased to advise that JFK Law has adopted a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to reflect our deep commitment to the important and pressing goal of reconciliation.  The RAP was developed in light of the calls to action set out in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report (December 2015). The lesson from the TRC Report is that reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people must inform every aspect of our relationship with each other, and that it requires transformative action on the part of all Canadians, including the private sector. To this end, JFK developed an RAP to ensure the goal of reconciliation is infused in all aspects of our firm’s operations. The RAP will be overseen by an RAP Committee, who will hold regular meetings to ensure the RAP is being properly implemented. The RAP Committee will produce a yearly progress report, which we will make publically available on our website. JFK welcomes comments and feedback on its RAP and implementation, and encourages other members of the private bar to share information and work together to pursue reconciliation in our law firms, legal practices and lives. Please direct any inquiries in this regard to Karey Brooks.

 

Our Logo

The paddle is an icon of Canada; from its earliest days of human habitation, paddles propelled people down rivers and across lakes and along coastlines. When the Europeans arrived in what would become Canada, they learned the ways of the waters from Indigenous people, who held these lands from long before. Together, they built a country. The two row wampum represents the principles that were to guide that relationship: the newcomers and the Indigenous peoples paddling forward together, in their own canoes. For JFK Law, the logo of the three paddles, each a different colour, symbolizes the diverse people who make up Canada, finding our way forward together.

Our Look 

We would like to thank Gary Fiegehen for his beautiful photography throughout our site.