Owner/President of Defend-it Legal Services
Paralegal and Private Investigator
A graduate of Trent University, Leon Presner achieved a Bachelor of Arts with a joint-major in Sociology and Computer Information Systems. While working as a sworn police officer, Leon completed his degree. In 2015, Leon studied at Centennial College and achieved a post-graduate certificate with honours in Paralegal Studies. He passed the Law Society of Ontario paralegal examination in 2017 and became a licenced paralegal. Leon then continued his studies and earned a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Centennial College, a post-graduate certificate with honours in Immigration Consultancy and achieved a Private Investigative Agency Licence and Private Investigation Licence from the Ministry of the Solicitor General. Leon also received his federal licencing from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to conduct civil fingerprinting for the public as an Federally Accredited Fingerprinting Agency. Currently, Leon was recently accepted by the University of London in their Law School program for the 2021/2022 year with his further aspirations of transitioning from a licenced paralegal to a lawyer.
Leon retired from the police service and started his own paralegal legal services firm in 2018; Defend-it Legal Services Professional Corporation. Leon is proud to have spent twenty-seven (27) and half years as a police officer. During his tenure, he served as a Youth Officer and a Detective Constable which included being a lead investigator in many criminal investigations. He specialized in fraud, theft, crimes against persons, sudden deaths, sexual-related offences and technology/computer crimes. Additionally, Leon was also an acting sergeant for a number of years.
With twenty-seven-and-a-half years as a police officer, Leon had the opportunity to take many investigative courses and training. His skill-set is vast and includes courses and training notwithstanding Domestic Violence Investigator, Detecting Deception, Micro-Facial Analysis, Fraud Investigator, Reid’s Interview Techniques, Major Incident Response and Case Management, Investigative Interviewing, Forensic Interviewing and much more that helps Leon today to be a successful paralegal and strong investigator.
Growing Defend-it Legal Services to be a multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary corporation, Leon augmented the company with an Investigative Services line of business, which includes Private Investigation, Skip Tracing and Process Serving. As well, Leon teaches a Private Investigation Course at the Ontario College of Business and Technology and still has time to volunteer his time through the Rotary Club of Pickering. In 2014 to 2016, he was also the President of the Club.
Dynamic, charismatic, driven and people-focused has awarded Leon to achieve significant personal achievements. In 2005, he received an Inspector’s Commendation and Award from the Durham Regional Police Service, 2010 he received the Exemplary Service Medal for exceptional police service for twenty (20) years, 2016 received an Award for Leadership through the Rotary Club of Pickering, 2017 received an Award for Community Service from the Ghanaian News and in 2019 received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Centennial College.