About

AJS was founded on the principle that everyone deserves quality legal representation, no matter what their situation or personal circumstances. We believe that we have a responsibility to assist those who need it most, and do not judge or discriminate anyone who may call on us for help.

Three guiding principles of our representation:

  1. Information & Advice – We strive to provide all relevant information about our clients’ cases in a straightforward, plain language way that will assist them in making decisions about their legal proceedings. We offer advice on possible outcomes and the risks and benefits of our clients’ options for proceeding and those decisions will impact their legal interests.
  2. Communication – Our goal is to be available for our clients either through in-person meetings, phone calls or email – understanding that the type of representation we provide requires court attendances on a regular basis. We offer a range of methods for communicating with our office including email, text message and social media. Our goal is to always ensure that our clients are aware of the status of their matters and provide important updates and information as it becomes available.
  3. Value – AJS Law was started and has been built on the idea that every person should have access to representation. We offer our services on either a private or legal aid retainer basis and do not discriminate between how a client retains our firm. For our private clients, we have a flexible flat fee structure that ensures our representation is affordable and our fees are straightforward, upfront and all inclusive to ensure that they know what the cost will be from the beginning.

Meet Our Team

Andrew J. Synyshyn

Counsel

Originally born and raised in Winnipeg, Andrew moved west to Vancouver for his undergraduate studies, then returned to Winnipeg to find his calling. Applying to law school on the advice of someone wiser than himself, Andrew quickly realized a passion for advocacy and criminal law. Whether it’s due to the number of people in his life who were involved in the mental health field or addictions work, Andrew felt a strong purpose in defending and advocating for those whom many people may have written off.

After moving to Brandon in 2011 to provide some stability for his growing family, Andrew worked in a general practice for a number of years at a prestigious Westman firm. Over time his practice began to focus on criminal defence and child protection and it became clear that his passion for advocacy and service to others was unshakable. With his wife’s blessing – and some tremendous support from family and friends – he founded AJS Law on December 1, 2016 to promote the ideals of defence and advocacy.

Andrew and his wife have been living in Brandon since 2011 and have 3 children. They are proud to call Brandon home.

Jennifer Janssens

Counsel

Jenn grew up in rural Manitoba and moved to Brandon in 2012. After working for Manitoba Justice for a few years, she developed a desire to advocate for those she saw slip through the cracks of the criminal justice system. After completing her law degree at the University of Manitoba in 2016, Jenn articled with a prominent Brandon law firm.

Upon returning to the Westman area, it was a natural fit for Jenn to pursue a career in criminal defence. She is passionate about advancing the rights and motivations of her clients. She has a unique perspective which comes not only from her previous career experience, but also from her sincere compassion and respect for the individuals for whom she advocates.

Melania Cannon

Counsel

Originally from MacGregor, MB, Melania completed a Master's degree in History and a Juris Doctor at the University of British Columbia. She then clerked for the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver. She went on to work as a civil litigator and legal researcher in Vancouver before returning to her home in Manitoba to pursue her dream of criminal justice work. Melania has been able to live and travel all over the world, most recently in Peru, and speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.

Kristen Thomas

Legal Assistant

Kristen grew up in rural Alberta outside of Calgary and moved to the Westman area in 2013. Kristen completed her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at Mount Royal University in 2010 and went on to work for three defence lawyers in Calgary at all levels of the judicial court system, including the Supreme Court of Canada. She is currently enrolled to complete her Master’s in Counselling Psychology with Yorkville University. Kristen is excited to return to her passion of criminal defence after working in other areas of law.

Lana Beech

Office Assistant

Born and raised in Brandon, Lana enjoys all things outdoors including camping, hiking, and traveling. She has explored the northern regions of Bilbao, Spain, and Paris, France. She loves learning about different cultures and cuisine. Lana has always enjoyed learning about Criminal Law and is excited to be a part of AJS Law.