AREAS OF EXPERTISE

James is a Partner at SIMPSONWIGLE LAW and is engaged in a business law practice, with an emphasis on:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Franchising and licensing
  • Intellectual property and technology issues
  • Commercial leases

Jim represents a wide range of clients, focusing in particular on owner-managed companies. He serves as outside general counsel for many of the firm's clients, including advising their chief executive officer and board of directors. Jim participates in client's senior management team's policy and strategy formulation. Jim also oversees and directs litigation counsel in complex commercial litigation matters.

A PRACTICAL APPROACH

“While academia has its place, I find a logical and pragmatic approach to be more constructive to my client’s everyday business concerns. Practical solutions are easier to find when you come with an attuned feel for business transactions.”

WHAT SETS JAMES APART

"Forty-five years of experience! And, all of those years were spent bringing parties together, with the goal of getting transactions closed with minimal friction.”

THE BEST PART OF THE JOB

“My long-term clients, getting to know them and working with them through the life cycle of their business.”

Admissions

  • Called to the Bar in Ontario 1975
  • Registered Trademark Agent

Education

  • LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 1973

  • LL.M., University of London (King's College, UK), 1974

Associations

  • Registered Trademark Agent

  • Law Society of Ontario

  • Canadian Bar Association

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