Jim MacMaster has acquired a broad general background in the law since his call to the Bar in 1977. Initially, he practised for three years with Shrum Liddle & Hebenton (now McCarthy Tetrault) primarily as a solicitor in general corporate, commercial, and real estate law. In 1980 he joined Russell & DuMoulin (now Fasken Martineau) where he focused on civil litigation and, in particular, litigation involving insurance liability defence and coverage, administrative issues, health law issues, and class actions. Jim was a partner at Russell & DuMoulin from 1984 to 1998. In August 1998, Jim and Ward formed Branch MacMaster.
Jim has been recognized at various times by different lawyer rating services as a leading practitioner in insurance, class actions, product liability and personal injury.
Jim has represented clients before the B.C. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada, the Workers' Compensation Board, the Hospital Appeal Board, the former Health Professions Council, and other administrative boards and tribunals.
Jim practises in all aspects of insurance litigation including liability defence and coverage issues. Jim has acted as legal counsel for insurers, manufacturers, hospitals, health professions, the national blood transfusion service, corporations, individual health practitioners, and individuals in a large variety of litigation including personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice professional discipline and hospital privileges.
Jim regularly presents papers at continuing legal education programs and to clients on insurance law, class action procedure, administrative law, or health law topics.
Jim was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia for 10 years where he taught a Health Law course in the M.H.A. and M.H.Sc. programs of the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology.