Jim’s practice is restricted to opinions (including opinions on Canadian law for the purpose of US court proceedings) and acting as a mediator or arbitrator in commercial disputes. Jim does opinion work for the British Columbia bar as well as a broad range of institutional, utility and private sector employers concerning commercial and corporate law.
Jim began his career as a lawyer in 1969. He took a break from private practice in 1974 to become a Professor of law at the University of British Columbia (becoming a full Professor in 1979) where he taught, principally, evidence and civil procedure. In 1985, Jim was appointed Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister of Justice for the Province of Saskatchewan. In 1986 Jim returned to the practice of law. Jim has appeared regularly at all levels of the judicial system, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He is known as a determined advocate for his clients.
Jim has written widely, including several books. He is the co-author of British Columbia Practice (with The Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada) which is the leading textbook on civil procedure in British Columbia. He has also written a wide range of articles on law related topics. For almost 40 years he was a frequent lecturer on a wide variety of topics at seminars conducted by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia as well as other entities.