Janna Watts has been practicing with Wolch Watts Wilson & Jugnauth in the area of criminal defence since 2006. Prior to joining this firm, she practiced civil litigation at Code Hunter LLP with a focus on employment, aboriginal and constitutional law.
Janna received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 2000 and completed her law degree at the University of Calgary in 2004. During her time in law school she was awarded numerous scholarships and was an active member of Student Legal Assistance. She participated in several mooting competitions, including the Alberta Court of Appeal Moot and the Sopinka Cup Trial Competition in Ottawa.
Upon completing her LL.B., she articled with both the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal and completed her articles at Code Hunter LLP. She now has a diverse practice with extensive experience in federal drug matters as well as theft, assault, weapons offences, impaired driving, youth criminal matters, homicide and other criminal and quasi-criminal offences. She has appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as the Provincial Court of Alberta.
Since 2005, Janna has contributed time as a volunteer advising for both Calgary Legal Guidance and Student Legal Assistance. She has served on the Board of Directors of Calgary Legal Guidance since 2011 and served as Chair of the organization in 2015/2016. She is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, the Criminal Defence Lawyers' Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Calgary Bar Association. She accepts both Legal Aid and private retainers.