James Doyle: Attorney with Field Law
  • Partner at Field Law (122 Attorneys)
  • 400 - 444 7 AVE SW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2P 0X8
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Jim Doyle is a trial and appeals lawyer with many years of experience helping clients with difficult insurance defence and corporate commercial litigation. He has represented clients in the Supreme Court of Canada, Alberta Court of Appeal, Court of Queen's Bench and Provincial Court. In addition, Jim represents clients before numerous tribunals and in all areas of alternative dispute resolution. He is the practice group leader of the firm's Calgary Insurance Group.

Jim's years of insurance litigation and courtroom experience set him apart from many other trial and appeals lawyers. I understand the importance that insurance clients put on closing files quickly and efficiently. I'm not interested in getting rich on one file or on taking unnecessary steps. I evaluate a case, develop a litigation strategy with the client and get it right... the first time.

Jim's litigation experience covers a wide range of complex and potentially high-exposure claims, including real estate, professional liability, corporate commercial disputes and officer, director and shareholder liability. He also handles issues such as:

•Livery and transportation services
•Environmental liability
•Debt recovery
•Subrogation and
•Government regulation and administrative law

Regardless of the subject matter, Jim has earned a reputation as a creative, strategic thinker with a persuasive courtroom demeanor and an acute awareness of how to achieve results.

Outside of Work

Jim is one of several Field lawyers who perform together in a rock-and-roll band. Some of our gigs are paid, some are for charity or firm-related events and they're all fun. We're the best corporate band you've never heard.

Leadership and Executive

Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Community Organizations

Calgary Downtown Association Chair 2009-Present
Hidden Valley Cottage Owners Association President 2005-2009


•Our client, an insurance agent, was facing claims from sellers of vacant commercial land in Alberta. According to Jim, The claim was that Realtors and real estate brokers who had gotten professional liability coverage from the insurance agent had undervalued the land they were selling. The claims - amounting to six figures - ended up in a Queen's Bench trial. We pointed to the limiting language in the contract governing professional liability coverage and argued about the standard of care establishing our client's responsibilities. The Court made a favorable finding for the insured, the claims against the insurance agent were dismissed and our client paid nothing.

•In a rare civil jury trial in Alberta, Jim defended an insurer following an automobile accident. As Jim described it, There was a low-speed car crash involving one car hitting another car from behind. The driver of the car that was hit claimed soft tissue damage, and we defended the insurance company for the driver of the other car. While the plaintiff demanded six figures for damages, the jury eventually awarded only $15,000. The client was pleased with the result and offered kudos for the pre-trial work we did that succeeded in getting the claim in front of a jury as well as the questioning we did of witnesses, including medical and technical experts.

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Real Estate Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
403 260 8578  Phone
403 264 7084  Fax
University Attended:
University of Calgary, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1993
Law School Attended:
University of Calgary, Bachelor of Laws, 1996
Year of First admission:
1997, Alberta

Professional Associations

Calgary Bar Association Member 1997-Present
Canadian Bar Association Member 1997-Present
Alberta Real Estate Association, Forms and Practice Committee Member 2010-Present
Real Estate Council of Alberta, Legal Advisors Committee Member 2013-Present

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: The reported cases below belong to Jim and are representative of Jim's experience. Dagher v. Stone 2013 ABCA 22 (CanLII) Alberta Court of Appeal 2013; LMK Marketing Inc. v. 1133181 Alberta Ltd. 2010 ABCA 301 Alberta Court of Appeal 2010; Foff v. TransAmerica Life Canada [2006] A.J. No. 330 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2006; 921250 Alberta Ltd. v. 762910 Alberta Inc. 2005 ABCA 127 Alberta Court of Appeal 2004; Wong v. Voong 2004 ABCA 216 Alberta Court of Appeal 2004; Palpal-Latoc v. Berstad 2004 ABCA 212 Alberta Court of Appeal 2004; Palpal-Latoc v. Berstad [2004 S.C.C.A No. 186 Supreme Court of Canada 2004; Palpal-Latoc v. Berstad [2003] A.J. No. 345 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2003; Doiron v. Devon Capital Corp. 2002 ABQB 664 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2002; Palpal-Latoc v. Berstad [2001] A.J. No. 1591 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2001; Guard v. Trochu (Town) [2001] A.J. No. 1240 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2001; Brzak v. Alberta (Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Act, Administrator) [2000] A.J. No. 1013 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2000; Alberta (Provincial Court Judge) v. Alberta (Provincial Court Chief Judge) 1999 ABQB 309 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1999; Alberta (Provincial Court Judge) v. Alberta (Provincial Court Chief Judge) 1998 CarswellAlta 844 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1998; Alberta (Provincial Court Judge) v. Alberta (Provincial Court Chief Judge) 1998 CarswellAlta 815 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1998; Stoney Band v. Poucette 1998 CarswellAlta 680 Alberta Court of Appeal 1998; Alberta (Provincial Court Judge) v. Alberta (Provincial Court Chief Judge) 1998 CarswellAlta 1244 Alberta Court of Appeal 1998

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