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LAW SCHOOL: University of Western Ontario
BAR ADMISSIONS: Alberta (1982)
For over 35 years Jim has delivered practical legal solutions enabling his clients to protect their businesses and other interests. He has handled litigation involving construction disputes, products liability, oil and gas, utility regulation, securities regulation, shareholders’ disputes, estates, intellectual property, lawyers’ and engineers’ professional liability and responsibility, labour, derivatives contracts and directors’ liability. His commitment to understanding his clients' long-term goals, combined with his extensive experience prosecuting and defending litigation, enables Jim to provide a cost-effective, tailored solution for each matter.
Jim has extensive experience defending those facing professional liability claims. He has worked with clients on a variety of matters, from disciplinary proceedings against individuals to multi-million dollar actions against firms.
As more commercial parties submit their disputes to private arbitration, Jim’s practice includes this form of dispute resolution. In 2013 Jim joined the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an organization based in London, U.K. which has a North American Branch. After completing the necessary coursework and passing the examination requirements, Jim achieved Fellow status in the Institute, the highest level of membership.
Jim is an active and committed member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and has held a variety of senior positions, including serving as Alberta Branch President and a member of the National Council from 1998-2010. Currently, Jim sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association. In recognition of his long commitment to the CBA, Jim received the CBA – Alberta Branch Outstanding Service Award in 2006 and the CBA SOGIC Ally Award in 2006.
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Jim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has conducted two commercial arbitrations as lead counsel and another commercial arbitration as co-lead counsel. All of these arbitrations have been conducted under the Arbitration Act of Alberta and have had panels of three arbitrators.
Jim also acts as an arbitrator and has served as sole arbitrator in two completed commercial disputes. One dispute related to the construction of facilities on an oilsands project. The other dispute related to the purchase and sale of a business. Jim is currently serving as sole arbitrator for two ongoing commercial disputes.