Jim began practicing law in 1985 in London with Lerners LLP. His practice quickly focused upon the construction industry and he has worked exclusively in litigation and dispute resolution in that industry since the mid-1990’s. His focus has been upon working in the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sectors, typically acting for general contractors and larger subcontractors. He has extensive experience as well working in the Road,Bridge and Heavy Civil building sectors for general contractors. He also spends approximately one third of his time acting for engineering firms in the defence of professional liability claims. Jim has an active interest in matters related to construction and continues to accumulate a vast, practical, working knowledge regarding construction issues.
In 2004 Jim joined the commercial litigation boutique firm of Advocates LLP, where he now heads up a team including 6 other lawyers practicing construction, commercial and insolvency litigation and dispute resolution.
Jim has a long standing interest in and experience with mediation. In 1993 Jim traveled to Colorado to undertake his first of a number of training courses in mediation. During the 1990’s Jim acted as a panel mediator with a national company providing mediation services, while continuing his practice in construction law. He subsequently participated in training programs in mediation and arbitration offered by the Law Society and the Ontario Institute of Mediation and Arbitration. He has both conducted and participated as counsel in many cases involving mediation and arbitration.
Jim is certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Construction Law, and has been recognized by his peers for excellence in Construction Law through his inclusion in the “Best Lawyers in Canada” listing, as well as being “repeatedly recommended” for Construction Law in the L’Expert directory. His interest in the Industry led him to be an active member of the Board of Directors of the London and District Construction Association, where he was President in 2012/2013. He speaks frequently on matters related to the construction industry, including to the Law Society, at OGCA Gold Seal Courses, the Ontario Road Builders’ Association, and at Fanshawe College, among numerous other industry and professional groups and associations.
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