Jason Ward is a retired litigation attorney. After working in corporate law and then as a solo attorney, he founded, in 2004, and co-owns Wards Layers PC, a full-service firm in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada.
Throughout his career, Ward practiced civil litigation, particularly family law, estate disputes, and employment law with his wife, Karissa. He has argued cases in all the Ontario Courts, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the (former) Ontario Municipal Board and other tribunals and administrative bodies. He has also represented the Public Guardian and Trustee, including being appointed by the Superior Court as “section 3 counsel,” representing incapable and vulnerable people.
Ward has also been a faculty speaker for continuing legal education for Ontario lawyers, including most recently at the Law Society of Ontario’s Six-Minute Estates Lawyer and the “Step-by-Step Guide to Bringing a Motion” conference.
He has published multiple legal articles, blogs and, recently, his new book, “Resolving Grave Disputes – The Law of Dead Bodies in Ontario.”
Over time he struggled with mental wellbeing and substance abuse issues. The profession had taken its toll, and he was forced to confront and overcome these circumstances.
Ward and his wife have three teenage children and are dedicated to their community. Both have been awarded the Business Leader of the Year Award by the Chamber of Commerce. He has been actively involved with children in the community, not only his own, including as a coach for many years in hockey, soccer, and lacrosse. He has also sponsored many young athletes.
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Guest Jason Ward built his own successful firm. But hard work, pressure, and deadlines took a toll and led to substance abuse. It can happen to anyone.
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