Why Swiftsure Law?

At Swiftsure Law, we believe in providing transparency and clarity to our clients. Every client receives an upfront, candid conversation where we assess the strength of their legal position and discuss the anticipated costs and timelines for resolution. For litigation clients, we create a personalized legal map that outlines the detailed steps to reach a final resolution and identifies the necessary actions along the way. Trust Swiftsure Law in Victoria for comprehensive guidance tailored to your specific needs.

Family law

Swiftsure Law in Victoria has a proven track record of achieving positive results for its clients both inside and outside of the courtroom. Careful planning and a crafted strategic presentation win the day.


While it’s natural for people on the losing end of a judgement to feel like they’ve been slighted, there are legitimate situations where a judge, master, or arbitrator “got it wrong” based on the information they had available to them at the time.

Divorce & separation

A separation agreement is a legally-binding document that is filed with, and fully enforceable by, the court. While you may be motivated to resolve your divorce or separation quickly, agreeing to something that hurts you can have costs that far outweigh the benefits of a speedy resolution.


A mediator is a neutral facilitator who builds consensus between parties and then documents their agreement. Separation agreements made at mediations are legally binding and when filed with the court, are enforceable like a court order. A mediator neither gives legal advice nor makes the decisions for you. Mediation is a confidential process where a decision is made by the parties instead of being imposed upon you.

Headshot of John D. Nelson, Senior Lawyer at Swiftsure Law Firm

John D. Nelson is the co-creator of the Swiftsure Law brand. He is a skilled legal strategist, uniquely suited for complex and contentious matters as his approach cuts through the chaos and helps everyone to focus on resolution. He is a powerful speaker, with hundreds of hours of court time and many successful judgments. John has a vast knowledge of Canadian Law and its interpretations, and he uses it to advocate for his clients.

John D. Nelson
Senior Lawyer

Headshot of Stephanie Weidmann, Associate Lawyer at Swiftsure Law Firm

Stephanie A. Weidmann joined the Swiftsure Law legal team in the summer of 2020 as John D. Nelson’s articled student and is now an Associate Lawyer. With a Bachelor of Communications from Mount Royal University and a Juris Doctorate from Thompson Rivers University, Stephanie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Swiftsure Law legal team.

Stephanie Weidmann
Associate Lawyer

Headshot of Kylaina Bellman, Paralegal at Swiftsure Law Firm

Kellisha comes to us from Toronto, Ontario, where she has worked as a Paralegal for 5 years. She obtained her professional certification from Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in 2012, along with an Honours Degree in Criminology with a Minor in Psychology from York University in 2019.

Kellisha Calliste

Headshot of Jocelyn Marais, Legal Assistant at Swiftsure Law Firm

Jocelyn Marais is originally from the mainland and is now proud to call Victoria home. With her Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate from Camosun College and a degree in English and History from the University of Victoria, she is a valuable asset to the Swiftsure Law legal team. Jocelyn is currently pursuing her Paralegal Certification through Capilano University.

Jocelyn Marais
Legal Assistant

Headshot of Danielle L.R. Nelson, Admin

Danielle L.R. Nelson is the co-creator of the Swiftsure Law brand. With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Vancouver Island, Danielle has a broad range of experience and expertise. A dedicated entrepreneur, Danielle has a strong background in business, accounting, planning, and human resources. She is keenly focused on client care and business management. A skilled communicator and editor, Danielle uses her eye for detail to ensure all Swiftsure documents meet exacting standards.

Danielle L.R. Nelson
Office Manager

Headshot of Kylaina Bellman, Legal Assistant

Born in Northern BC and raised in the Okanagan, Kylaina followed the call to the ocean after graduation and put down roots. After some time at the University of Victoria, she joined the legal community in 2009 in administration. She realized here that her innate organizational skills and eye for detail were invaluable in this industry. The transition to becoming a legal assistant happened organically and she has had the fortune of learning from senior lawyers and legal assistants.

Kylaina Bellman
Legal and Administrative Assistant

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