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
•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.
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