James Klotz is a partner in the Business Law Group of Miller Thomson LLP in Toronto and oversees the firm’s International Business Transactions area, and the firm’s Anti-Corruption & International Governance area. Jim was elected Secretary-General of the International Bar Association for a term commencing January 1, 2017. From 2011-2014, he was a member of the Independent Governance Committee of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), serving as one of its five experts in the field of governance and compliance. He is listed in Canada’s Best Lawyers 2016. In 2012, he received the Award of Excellence in International Law from the Ontario Bar Association. Having led complex corporate and commercial transactions in more than 108 countries, Jim is well regarded for his deep knowledge and practical experience in the international business arena.
Jim is a member of the Allard Prize Advisory Board; Allard Prize for International Integrity, the global bi-annual $100,000 award. He is a past-President and Chairman of the Board of Transparency International Canada Inc. (2009-2012). During his term as President, TI Canada produced it introduced its Anti-Corruption Compliance Checklist, now in its third edition. A thought leader in his profession, he has held senior leadership positions in the Canadian, American, and International Bar Associations. During his multi-year role with the IBA Bar Issues Commission (Chair, 2010-2012), he was directly involved with the creation of the IBA International Principles on Conduct for the Legal Profession (ethics), the IBA Guide for Establishing and Maintaining Complaints and Discipline Procedures, and the IBA Anti-Corruption Guidance for Bar Associations. Jim was elected Vice-President of the International Bar Association effective January 1, 2019.
Jim received his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in 1982. He returned to teach International Business Law (LL.M.) part time as an Instructor (1996-2012) and as an Adjunct Professor of International Law (2003-04, 2009-10). In 2008, he received his ICD.D. designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Jim is a well-known international business law speaker, lecturer, and author, with more than 100 papers on the topics of anti-corruption and international business law to his credit. Business enterprises and lawyers around the world have benefited from Jim’s very practical textbooks, including Power Tools for Negotiating International Deals and International Sales Agreements: A Drafting and Negotiation Guide (3rd Edition, Kluwer Law International, 2018).
Jim speaks conversational French and Mandarin Chinese and is learning Spanish.