Jason Gratl has appeared at all levels of Court, from traffic Court to the Supreme Court of Canada, where he was counsel on Vancouver Sun v. O.N.E., Charkaoui v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Editions Ecosocietee Inc. v. Banro Corp and SWUAV v. Attorney General of Canada, Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), and R. v. Smith.
Among his accomplishments, Jason assisted Robert Latimer in obtaining release into parole, expanding his day parole and securing his right to international travel while on parole. Jason contributed to preventing Shell Canada Energy from engaging in Coal Bed Methane extraction in the Sacred Headwaters (Tahltan) territory of Northern British Columbia, and secured a 4.9 million dollar settlement from three levels of government for approximately 90 children of missing women murdered by Robert Pickton. He acted in contempt proceedings in respect of Occupy Vancouver, the Burnaby/SFU Trans Mountain protests, and Raw Milk.
Jason worked as Independent Counsel at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry to represent the interests and perspectives of affected individuals and organizations within the Downtown Eastside, and is currently appointed to the Enrolment Appeal Board of the Tla'amin Nation.
Jason is a graduate of University of Toronto Law School, where he was awarded the Torys Prize in Private International Law, the Jeffrey W. Egner Prize in Labour Law, and the Ting Sum Tang Prize in International Law and Finance. In 2009, the Canadian Association of Journalists presented Jason with the President's Award for his work in defence of free expression. In 2014, Jason was nominated for the Canadian Lawyer magazine's Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers.
Before law school, Jason obtained an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Waterloo. Since 2005, Jason has been appointed as Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches a seminar in Public Law.
Jason served as President of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association from 2005 to 2008, and currently sits on the BCCLA Executive Committee. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Pivot Legal Society, the East End Food Coop, Frank Paul Society and Radix Theatre Society.
Jason is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and a member of the Law Society of Yukon Territory.