James was Managing Partner from 2014-2017 and is a highly experienced lawyer whose distinguished academic record was recognized with the gold medal from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law. He currently focuses his practice on major commercial litigation, insurance, municipal liability, fraud and arson and professional liability. James counsels clients on a wide variety of insurance matters, including coverage issues, products and professional liability. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada and at all levels of court in the Province of Alberta, including the Alberta Court of Appeal. James became a Queen’s Counsel in 2012.

Professional Activities

  • Past-President, Edmonton Bar Association (5 yrs)
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Edmonton Community Legal Centre (5 yrs)
  • Served on the Insurance, Finance and Conduct Committees of the Law Society of Alberta (9 years)



  • Volunteer, World University Games
  • Volunteer, Canadian Liver Foundation
  • Volunteer, Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Alumni fundraiser, University of Alberta Faculty of Law
  • Volunteer fundraiser, Newman Theological College and St. Joseph’s Seminary
  • Volunteer fundraiser, Catholic Social Services
  • Actor and organizer, Players De Novo, a charitable theatre group