Since 1981, Jim has practised in the area of civil litigation. His preferred area of practice is insurance litigation, defending life and disability, property loss, and professional errors and omissions claims. He also has extensive experience with negligent misrepresentation, product liability, and general corporate and commercial disputes. He has represented major insurers and corporations at all levels of the courts in Alberta. Jim is certified as a Qualified Arbitrator by the ADR Institute of Canada and practises as an arbitrator in commercial and insurance disputes.

Professional Activities

Jim is past president of the Edmonton Bar Association and has served as a volunteer instructor in civil litigation for the Legal Education Society of Alberta Bar Admission Course. He serves on committees of the Law Society of Alberta. He was a sessional chair and instructor at the Lake Louise Civil Litigation Refresher Course sponsored by the Legal Education Society of Alberta, and he is a volunteer legal advisor with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre and serves on the ECLC Board of Directors. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010.


Community service is an important part of Jim’s life. He has served in many capacities including:

  • Director, Edmonton Community Foundation (Chair, Distribution Committee)
  • Co-Chair, Legal Profession Division, The United Way Edmonton and District
  • Chair, City of Edmonton Historical Board
  • Member, Board of Directors and volunteer, Big Brothers Association of Edmonton and District