Defending People in Prince George for Over 70 Combined Years.
Call 250 960 2169
KEITH AARTSEN, SUSIE K. KRISTAN, BILL A. COLLER and I (Benjamin D. Levine), have a combined experience of over 70 years practicing law in Prince George, BC. We have focused our practices on matters of family and criminal law that affect the citizens of Prince George and Northern British Columbia. This includes Divorce, Property Division, Custody, Family Violence issues, Support and representation in all criminal code offences. Our focus is to help you understand the legal issues and process, and to work together to advance your legal interests. We have assisted tens of thousands of clients over our carreers, experience that we will bring to your case. Esteemed and highly experienced criminal counsel, C. Keith Aartsen, has been defending accused people for over 40 years in Prince George. Call me for a consultation at 250 960 2169.
Benjamin D. Levine
Born and raised in BC, I completed law school at the University of Victoria in 2001. After graduating, I immediately moved to Prince George, where I have worked primarily as a family lawyer ever since. I have owned and operated a busy law office in downtown Prince George since 2004. I maintain a large case load at every stage of the the litigation process, from negotiation to trial. I am practical, experienced, and effective.
I love Prince George and am active in its community, including:
- President, Prince George, Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society, 2010-2014
- President, Activators Society, 2009-2011
- Member, Lawyer's Rights Watch Canada, 2002-2017
- Canadian Bar Association's Equity and Diversity Award, 2014
- Member, Canadian Bar Association, 2001-2017
- Member, Judicial Advisory Committee, CBA, 2014-2017
- President, CBA criminal subsection, 2004-2007
- Federal Liberal Party Candidate, Prince George Peace River 2011
C. Keith Aartsen J.D. Over 40 Years Experience
Mr. Aartsen has practiced law in the city of Prince George since 1979 primarily in the areas of criminal and family law. He has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association throughout that time. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia where he attended following five years of service with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
He has conducted countless trials including many jury trials as well as appeals in the Supreme Court and the BC Court of Appeal.
He served for many years as a director of The Activators Society, a halfway house for parolees, and the Phoenix Transition Society, a shelter and refuge for women in crisis.
Mr. Aartsen has participated as a speaker on the subject of cross-examination at seminars and as a speaker on the subject of sexual assault prosecutions at women’s groups.
He has also assisted many members of the bar with advice as to how to deal with issues arising in their practice as well as advising and representing members of the bar in their dealings with the Law Society.
Susie K. Kristan
Susie K. Kristan was born and raised in Prince George, BC. Upon receiving her BA (Hons) from the University of Victoria in 1993, she attended the University of Western Ontario for her law studies. She has been called since 1998 and has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since that time at both the Provincial and Supreme Court levels.
Outside her private practice, Susie is passionate about her commitment to ensure justice is available to all by assisting low-income individuals resolve their family issues. She appears regularly as duty counsel in both Provincial and Supreme Court as well as is an active participant at the legal advice clinic made available through the Family Justice Centre. Susie also provides pro bono legal advice at the Access For Justice Program located at the Native Friendship Centre.
We put your needs first. We will work with you to identify what is most important to you and seek to find a solution that will ensure your goals are met. While we are ready, willing, and able to aggressively defend your rights, we observe the principle that to win without fighting is best, particularly where children are involved. A separation agreement is preferred, however this is not always possible.