Celebrity Lawyer: Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

World champion curler and skip of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games gold-medal Canadian women's curling team. Her 4-member curling team won gold when she led (in curling, "skipped"), her team to a convincing 6-3 victory over Sweden in the women's final on February 20, 2014.

Born in Winnipeg, Canada on July 7, 1974, Jennifer Judith Jones first came to prominence when she won the Canadian provincial championships in 1993.

Later, in 2005, 2008 and 2009, the team she led won the annual Canadian women's curling tournament.

In 2008, she attended and won the Women's World Curling Championship, beating China in the final.

Jennifer JonesShe is also corporate counsel for Winnipeg branch of Wellington West Capital Holdings Inc., a privately-owned financial services firm. As of February 2014, the Law Society of Manitoba records have her as presently "non-practising" but her employer as National Bank Financial  Ltd. (as of 2014-02-12, her professional email address refers to "nfb.ca", which is the URL of the National Film Board of Canada. Likely a typo).

Jones received her B.A. in 1996 and her LL.B. in 1999, both from the University of Manitoba.

From 1999 to 2005, she first articled with, then practised with Aikins MacAulay & Thorvaldson (now Aikins Law), a law firm based in Winnipeg.

In a 2008 interview she gave to her company's client magazine, she says that she travels with her work:

"I know what needs to get done and I can manage it. I have a laptop and a Blackberry. If I have to draft a contract, I’ll do it at night in my room. On days where we have two games, I’ll usually order room service (and work) while my team goes out for dinner."

She was reportedly married to Scott Labonte. In a December, 2009 Edmonton Sun article:

"The couple (Jones and Labonte) first met on the job 18 years ago and have been married going on six years."

In February of 2012, journalist Sean Fitz-Gerald in an article for the Canadian daily National Post newspaper:

"(Jennifer) Jones underwent surgery to repair a damaged ligament in her right knee last June (of 2012), and she gave birth to a daughter in November. She began physiotherapy on her repaired knee 24 hours after the operation, and she was on the ice within weeks of giving birth."

The birth referred to was of a baby girl "Isabella Laing", which Jones delivered in November of 2012, the father being fellow curler Brent Laing, himself twice a member of a world championship curling team.1

A phenomenal curler, Jones won her way into representing Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics Games as the skip of Team Canada.

REFERENCES:

  • Bell., J., Jones Foursome on Top Again, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 FEB 2010
  • Correia, S., "Calling Shots In The House: Jennifer Jones, Skip and Counsel", On Manitoba Magazine, December 2006, page 20.
  • Fitz-Gerald, Sean, Jennifer Jones Soars Into Elite Company with Undefeated Record, 100th Scotties Victory, National Post Newspaper (Canada), 2013-02-22
  • Inspired Thinking Magazine, Summer 2008, "Award-Winning People: Jennifer Jones", page 34
  • Karrys, George, Jennifer Jones Has Her Ups and Downs, The Toronto Sun Newspapewr, April 13, 2013
  • Moddejonge, Gerry, A Curling Love Story Plays Out - Jones' Husband Has Now Taken up the Roarin' Game, Edmonton Sun newspaper, December 10, 2009
  • NOTE 1: Wiecek, Paul, New Girl in the House - Isabella Didn't Hit the Button, But Mom Jennifer Jones Couldn't Be Happier, Winnipeg Free Press, November 29, 2012
  • Teamjenniferjones.com
  • Weeks, B., "Jones Keeps Things in Perspective", The Globe and Mail, Nov. 14, 2009, page S10.
  • Wellington West Capital website

Published: Saturday, November 14, 2009
Last updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014
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