James leads the firm's construction group and is a member of the labour group.
James is well known as an advocate for construction unions in Ontario. He works with his clients to develop effective strategies to achieve their goals, whether through negotiation or litigation, and provides practical ways of resolving their problems. Among his achievements in construction labour law was the first successful argument for damages arising from a jurisdictional dispute at the OLRB.
In the area of health and safety matters, James provides strategic and policy advice for union clients in both provincial and federal jurisdiction and has represented them in a wide variety of courts and tribunals. He convinced the Federal Court to invalidate an HRSDC policy on "normal conditions of employment" that purported to limit the right of employees to refuse dangerous work by "screening" work refusals without investigation.
He has extensive experience acting on behalf of private and public sector union clients in labour relations matters and has appeared frequently before the CIRB, OLRB and arbitrators.