Jason Easton is a Belleville native, having grown up and lived in Thurlow Township. He graduated from Centennial Secondary School as an Ontario Scholar in 1999.
Jason pursued his post-secondary studies at the University of Ottawa, having graduated cum laude with an Honours Degree in Criminology in 2003 and a Bachelor of Law in 2006. While attending the University of Ottawa, he was an active member of the Infinity Lifer's Liaison Group through Collins Bay Institution. He articled with the firm of Bayne Sellar Boxall before being called to the bar in 2007.
Between 2007 and 2019, Jason worked as an associate with local firm Kafka Kort, where he accumulated a vast amount of experience litigating criminal and quasi-criminal matters at various levels of court. He has represented clients facing a wide variety of charges from traffic tickets to murder.
When not working, Jason has been active in the community, having coached children in Belleville Minor Ball Hockey League and Belleville Amateur Baseball Association. He was a founding member of the Bring the Bulls Back Project, which existed between 2015 to 2016, and was a fan-based campaign, pivotal in bringing professional hockey to Belleville. He is also an owner/crew chief for Easton Motorsports, which races at Brighton Speedway.
Rachel Hay hails from Kehnté:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory). Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Rachel and her family moved to Tyendinaga when she was very young and she grew up on the Territory. As an Indigenous person and criminal defence lawyer, Rachel has a keen interest in assisting Indigenous accused persons.
After graduating from Napanee District Secondary School, Rachel went on to complete her Undergraduate Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She graduated from that program in 2014 and received her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Sociology Degree, making the Dean’s List in her final year.
Shortly after graduating from Queen’s University, Rachel developed an interest in the law and decided to pursue Paralegal studies at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario. Upon graduating from that program in 2017, Rachel began working as a Legal Assistant and Office Administrator at University Avenue Law Chambers in Toronto, Ontario. There, she worked for 30+ criminal defence lawyers and developed a love for criminal defence work. She assisted several lawyers with their work on files involving serious charges and allegations, such as first degree and second degree murder.
Rachel applied for law school while working in the field and received early acceptance to Queen’s Law. Rachel graduated from Queen’s Law in 2021 and articled at Kafka Kort and Easton Law thereafter. Rachel was called to the bar in 2022, and she remains an associate of Easton Law where she continues to be mentored by Jason Easton.
Though still early in her career, Rachel has had carriage of and completed matters for many serious criminal charges, including: robbery and violent offences, drug-related and firearms offences, domestic-related offences, driving offences and sex offences.
Rachel is eager to continue gaining experience and developing her expertise in the practice of criminal law.