Sectors of Practice
Extensive ADR, business, and legal experience
Jim has mediated, umpired, or arbitrated over 2,000 disputes involving commercial/industrial/public & residential construction, professional negligence, franchising, employment, debt, insurance, fatalities, severe injury, corporate and shareholder issues, royalties, trusts, market rent, industrial land sales, government contracts, fires, pipelines, municipal subdivision, petroleum/coal exploration & development rights, power purchase arrangements, conflicts of interest, major asset sales, and other matters.
He is a C.Med, C.Arb, and C.Med-Arb, has been President of the ADR Institute of Alberta, a Vice-President of the ADR Institute of Canada (2016 recipient of the Lionel J McGowan National Award of Excellence in Dispute Resolution), and a director of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society He is or has been on many ADR rosters including ADRIC’s commercial and interim measures rosters. He was a member or chair of two Oil Sands Dispute Review Committees, and four NEB Pipeline Arbitration Committees. He has been court-appointed as a CCAA Claims Officer and in many arbitrations.
Jim was a director of EIG Ltd since 2005 and board Chair from 2009—2020.
A lawyer for 46 years, Jim’s practice involved commercial and tort law at all court levels. He regularly attends, and presents at, continuing education courses. His practice is paperless and he hosts virtual or in-person proceedings.
ADR Training & Qualifications
Exceeds all requirements for C.Med, C.Arb. and C.Med-Arb.
Other Professional Qualifications
Law Degree, University of Alberta, 1973