Your Legal Team



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 vast knowledge of Canadian Law and its interpretations, and he uses it to advocate for his clients. 


Raised in Victoria BC, with an undergraduate degree in Political and Environmental Sciences from The University of Victoria. John obtained his Juris Doctorate from the Peter A. Allard School of Law in Vancouver, where he did an externship with the Provincial Court. John was called to the BC Bar in 2011 after articling with the Attorney General's office. He spent many years working as a litigator in Vancouver honing his skills both inside the courtroom and out. An active member of the Canadian Bar Association as well as the BC Bar Association. John is constantly striving to learn and grow through professional and personal learning opportunities. He is particularly proud to mentor his articled students and works closely with legal training programs. 

John is dedicated to the quest for justice on behalf of his clients. Navigating an often-difficult legal system he guides his clients through the maelstrom until they achieve resolution and can move on with their lives from a position of strength.  

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. He is an avid fly fisherman and a life-long environmentalist. John is a passionate advocate for local families.

Stephanie A. Weidmann


Stephanie A. Weidmann joined the Swiftsure Law Team in the summer of 2020 as John D. Nelson’s articled student. 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 Team. 


She has worked with leading scholars on the issue of Trans Legal Rights, and has published an article and assisted the guest editor of a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society on legal issues facing Trans folks in Canada. She is the recipient of the Grace McDonell Scholarship for her commitment to enhancing the diversity of Canadian society. Stephanie’s sense of humour and vibrant personality are a pleasure to work with. She is a tenacious and intelligent advocate; she shines in the courtroom while also maintaining a gentle touch for negotiation.


Swiftsure Law is proud to train and mentor Stephanie and we are excited for her to join our team in the fall of 2021 as a Lawyer. 


In her spare time Stephanie enjoys theatre, good books, knitting, and time with her friends and family. 

Aaron D. Francis


Aaron D. Francis joined the Swiftsure Law Team in September 2021 as John D. Nelson’s Articled Student. While completing a Juris Doctorate from the University of Victoria, Aaron served as Editor-in-Chief of Appeal, the Faculty of Law’s law review, and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Betty and Gilbert Kennedy Scholarship in Law, and the Harris & Company Award in Legal Ethics. He currently serves as a Member-at-Large on the Canadian Bar Association’s Children’s Law Section Executive (BC Branch).


Born and raised in British Columbia, Aaron enjoyed a career as a librarian and public library director before entering the field of law. He has extensive experience in children and family services and is dedicated to serving families in BC. He has also completed several stints as a policy analyst with the provincial government and has contributed to the area of Indigenous Law as a research and teaching assistant. In addition to a Juris Doctorate, Aaron has completed a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Library and Information Studies, and Master of Arts in Music. Aaron’s friendly and calm demeanour, thorough approach, and commitment to excellence are key assets he brings to the practice of law.


In his spare time, Aaron enjoys playing music, reading, and spending time with his family.



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.

Married to our senior lawyer and a proud mother of four, she brings a unique perspective to our team. Danielle is passionate about local BC families and she works tirelessly to ensure that Swiftsure Law meets the goal of effectively helping its clients navigate the legal system to achieve resolution.  


When she is not in the office, you can find Danielle reading a good novel or playing with her children. 

Jocelyn Burdett


Jocelyn Burdett 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 Team. Jocelyn is currently pursuing her Paralegal Certification through Capilano University.

Jocelyn is focused on document and file management. She keeps us all organized and all the essential documents carefully archived and at our fingertips. 


In her spare time Jocelyn enjoys spending time with her fiancé and extended family as well as exploring our beautiful province.

Kellisha Calliste


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


Kellisha is passionate about helping families achieve resolution to their family law legal matters. Her strong family ties and commitment to excellence in law is what gives Kellisha her unique perspective on client experience.


As John Nelson’s Paralegal, Kellisha is looking forward to focusing on supporting Swiftsure Clients through the complex world of family law. Kellisha enjoys time outdoors with friends and is looking forward to exploring beautiful Vancouver island in the coming months.