Jim began his legal career in Grande Prairie where he practiced with a local firm for 7 years. Jim later moved with his family to the greater Toronto area where he was admitted to the Ontario Bar and practiced law for over 2 years. Jim and his family returned to Alberta in 2022 and call Edmonton home.
Jim specializes in family law and civil litigation and has extensive experience in wills and estates and residential real estate. Jim has represented clients in many complex family law and civil matters.
Jim is a Registered Collaborative Family Lawyer. Jim has extensive training in mediation and alternative dispute resolution strategies and applies those skills when helping clients resolve matters outside of Court. For his family law clients, Jim’s experience has taught that with the assistance of the right counsel and other professionals through the Collaborative Family Law process, most matters can be resolved with better outcomes and greater client satisfaction than through the traditional Court route. Jim also offers mediation services to separating couples by acting not as their lawyer, but as a neutral facilitator to help the parties reach a mutually agreeable resolution. The parties who attend mediation are encouraged to obtain their own independent legal advice before, during, or after the mediation to confirm their agreement.
Jim’s common-sense approach to advocacy and resolving disputes has earned him the respect of colleagues and opponents and has produced favourable results for his clients.
In addition to private practice, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and their three young sons enjoying the outdoors, travelling, and having new adventures.
Jim also speaks French and Tagalog, which he learned while volunteering in the Philippines from 2002 to 2004.
Law Society of Alberta (2013)
Law Society of Ontario (2020)
Association of Collaborative Family Professionals (Edmonton)
Canadian Bar Association
Current Community Involvement
- Edmonton Community Legal Centre – Pro Bono Legal Advice Clinic
- J.D. Degree, University of Victoria (2012)