Acting primarily for clients who find themselves in business-to-business disputes, Jim forges strong relationships with the people and organizations he advises.

Work Highlights

Boale Wood & Co.

  • Represented bankruptcy trustee in the prosecution of claims against net winners in a Ponzi scheme, resulting in recovery of $1.8 million after the commencement of trial

Directors of Miller Springs Ltd.

  • Obtained the dismissal of a request for a court injunction in oppression litigation that, if successful, would have threatened the viability of a Canadian bottled water producer

Procon Mining & Tunnelling Ltd.

  • Represented client in a trial of claims against a senior executive for taking bribes or secret commissions, resulting in a judgment of over $2 million
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Jim’s strength is oral and written advocacy before courts and other decision-makers.

Services
Fraud and asset recovery, including extraordinary court relief such as freezing and discovery orders and the execution and supervision of Anton Piller orders Negligence, contract and fiduciary duty claims
Shareholder disputes Real estate disputes
Litigation arising from bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings Contaminated property litigation
Regulatory and judicial review proceedings Arbitrations and mediations
Customs and trade cases

Jim draws on his considerable experience as counsel in contentious disputes in diverse and emerging business areas to protect our clients’ key interests.

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Boale Wood & Co.
  • Represented bankruptcy trustee in the prosecution of claims against net winners in a Ponzi scheme, resulting in recovery of $1.8 million after the commencement of trial
Directors of Miller Springs Ltd.
  • Obtained the dismissal of a request for a court injunction in oppression litigation that, if successful, would have threatened the viability of a Canadian bottled water producer
Procon Mining & Tunnelling Ltd.
  • Represented client in a trial of claims against a senior executive for taking bribes or secret commissions, resulting in a judgment of over $2 million
National Bank Financial Ltd.
  • Lead counsel on a trial of claims, including for breach of non-solicitation covenants, against an investment advisor
Shaw Communications Inc.
  • Secured dismissal of economic tort claims based on allegations of competition/anti-trust violations that arose in the context of two Internet service advertising campaigns
Canadian financial institution
  • Obtained judgment in excess of $400,000 against personal guarantor in litigation arising from an alleged cross-border cheque-kiting scheme
Ontario limited partnership
  • Lead trial counsel on a successful claim for a commission originally owed to a subsequently-deceased agent on a transaction involving the Burns Bog lands in British Columbia
International property restoration contractor
  • Defended claims against property restoration contractor for toxic mould contamination, obtaining dismissal at trial on basis of no evidence motion against plaintiffs
Marine transportation company
  • Represented commercial importer in successful valuation proceedings before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal
Confidential client
  • Obtained, following trial, dismissal of criminal proceedings brought against importer under the Customs Act
Industry Involvement
  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Past Adjunct Professor
  • International Law Subsection, BC Branch, Canadian Bar Association, Past Co-Chair
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • American Bar Association, Associate Member
Education & Call to Bar
  • Call to Bar: British Columbia, 1997
  • LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1996