James Casey, Q.C.

James Casey, Q.C.: Attorney with Field Law
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Biography

Jim Casey acts as a labour arbitrator and as legal counsel to professional regulatory organizations. Jim began his career working in labour relations and then went to the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law with the goal of becoming a labour lawyer. After graduating, Jim joined Field Law and acted in a multi-faceted role as legal counsel to employers, unions, and employees. He also served as the leader of the Firm’s Edmonton Labour and Employment Group. Jim’s career transitioned to focusing on a neutral, adjudicative role. He served as a part-time Vice-Chair of the Alberta Labour Relations Board for 14 years adjudicating disputes under the Labour Relations Code and the Public Service Employee Relations Act.

Jim also developed a very active practice serving as a labour arbitrator which is now the focus of his labour law career. Jim was appointed to Alberta Labour’s Grievance Arbitration Roster and was appointed by the Minister to serve as a Disputes Inquiry Board under the Labour Relations Code. He is a sought-after speaker and author on labour and employment law topics and has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta. Jim is the author of many labour and employment publications and is the editor of Remedies in Labour, Employment, and Human Rights which has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada.

With respect to his professional regulatory practice, Jim founded the Firm’s Professional Regulatory Group and serves as counsel to numerous professional regulatory organizations seeking experience and solution-focused advice in all areas of professional regulation including discipline, legislation, registration, mobility, policy and governance. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of Courts in Alberta and acts as independent legal counsel to numerous administrative tribunals. Jim is the author of The Regulation of Professions in Canada, which is considered one of the leading textbooks on the subject and has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada and many other Courts. Organizations across Canada invite Jim to conduct training seminars on professional regulation issues.

Jim’s clients rely on his broad strategic perspective gained from decades of representing professional regulatory clients and from his senior-level management and governance experience. Jim served for many years as the Practice Group Leader for the Labour and Employment Group in Edmonton. He also founded the Firm’s Professional Regulatory Group and acted as the Practice Group Leader. From 2008 to 2016 Jim served as Field Law’s Firm Managing Partner leading the Firm’s Executive Committee and managing the Firm’s 125 lawyers and 150 staff in Edmonton, Calgary, and Yellowknife. Jim makes an active contribution to the profession and the community having served in senior leadership volunteer roles on the Boards of many not for profit organizations.

Outside the Office

Jim is an avid boater who enjoys the pleasures of the sea... while staying client-focused. He tells a story of sailing once in the Gulf Islands when a client reached him on his cell phone regarding an urgent legislative matter. After battling spotty cell service, Jim was finally able to talk with his client, sail to a marina and receive, mark-up and fax back a 75-page Bill that same night.

Recognition

Lawyer of the Year in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Best Lawyers
2018
Listed Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Best Lawyers in Canada
2006 - 2018
Listed Labour and Employment Law
The Best Lawyers in Canada
2011 - 2018
Distinguished
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
2017
Litigation Star Alberta
Benchmark Canada
2013 - 2017
Repeatedly Recommended Employment Law - Employer
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
2002, 2004 - 2012, 2015 - 2017
Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers
2012
Appointed Queen's Counsel
2004
M.S. Society of Canada, Alberta Division - Award of Merit
M.S. Society of Canada
1996

Community

Citadel Theatre
Member of the Board of Directors
2016 - Present
Kids 'n' Us: Families Facing Diabetes Together Conference
Chair of the Organizing Committee
2012 - 2017
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Edmonton Chapter
Board Member
2010 - 2015
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Edmonton Chapter
Board Member and Vice-Chair
2010 - 2014
M.S. Society of Canada
Member of National Board
2007 - 2014
M.S. Society of Canada - National Board
Chair
2010 - 2012
M.S. Society of Canada - National Board
Chair of Governance Committee
2007 - 2009
M.S. Society of Canada - National Board
Chair of Governance Review Task Force
2007 - 2008
M.S. Society of Canada - Alberta Division
Chair of Board
2005 - 2007
Student Finance Board Appeal Committee
Co-Chair
1995 - 1998
Human Rights Review Panel
Member
1994 - 1994
Nominating Review Committee of Alberta Health & Wellness on appointments to the 17 Regional Health Authority Boards
Member
Edmonton Food Bank
Former Board Member and Former Chair of Board

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Key Presentations and Publications

Jim Casey has written and published extensively in the areas of professional regulation and labour/employment including writing numerous articles, two books, and serving as an editor of a third book. The books are:
The Regulation of Professions in Canada, Thomson Reuters. The book was originally published in 1994 and continues to be updated several times a year. Regulation of Professions in Canada is considered the leading text in the area. It has been cited by many tribunals and Courts across Canada including the Supreme Court of Canada. It has become a standard reference tool for legal counsel, tribunals, and regulatory colleges.
Remedies in Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law, Thomson Reuters, Editor and contributing author. The book was originally published in 1999 and continues to be updated several times a year. The text has been cited by labour arbitration boards and Courts across Canada including the Supreme Court of Canada.
A Guide to the Health Professions Act, 2004, Legal Education Society of Canada. The Guide was a key resource used by regulatory colleges coming under the Health Professions Act.
Jim has also written many guides for tribunals involved in the professional regulatory processes including:
Appeals of Hearing Tribunal Decisions: A Guide for Council, published by Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professions, 2017: co-authors James T. Casey, Q.C. and Katrina Haymond.
Appeals of Registration Decisions: A Guide for Council, published by Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professions, 2017: co-authors James T. Casey, Q.C. and Katrina Haymond.
Jim is also a frequent speaker and workshop presenter on professional regulatory and labour issues for clients, the legal profession, and the professional regulatory and labour relations communities. Selected presentations/workshops in 2016 include:
•April 17, 2016: Lancaster Labour Arbitration Conference (Calgary). Presented on panel on recent important arbitration and Court decisions.
•June 1, 2016 (Toronto): Workshops for hearing tribunal members on “Assessing Credibility” and “Writing Effective Decisions”. Co-presented with Richard Steinecke and other lawyers from Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc.
•October 7, 2016 (Edmonton): Organized and presented at a workshop for Hearing Tribunal members. Workshop focused on assessing credibility and effective decision writing. Co-presented with Richard Steinecke, Katrina Haymond and Greg Sim.
•October 28, 2016 (Banff): Discipline Administrators of Law Societies annual conference. Made two presentations concerning balancing freedom of speech under the Charter with professional responsibilities and recent cases of interest to professional regulators.
•November 2 and 3, 2016 (Toronto): Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation annual conference. Co-presented with RECA on Third Party Regulatory Reviews and served as a panelist on the Top 10 Cases of the Last Year.
•November 7, 2016 (Winnipeg): Manitoba Alliance of Health Regulatory Colleges. Two half-day workshops on credibility and writing effective decisions. Co-presented with Richard Steinecke.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Professional Regulatory
  • Labour + Employment
  • Health
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Northern Canada

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780 423 7615  Phone
780 428 9329  Fax
www.fieldlaw.com
University Attended:
University of Saskatchewan, Bachelor of Commerce, with Distinction, 1982
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, with Distinction, 1987
Year of First admission:
1988
Admission:
1988, Alberta; 2006, Northwest Territories
Memberships:

Professional Associations

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (North) Chair & Co-Chair 1995-1997

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: The reported cases below belong to James and are representative of James's experience.; Lum v Alberta Dental Association and College (Review Panel) 2015 ABQB 12 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2015; Gale v College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta 2012 ABQB 702 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2012; Wright v College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (Appeals Committee), 2012 ABCA 267 Alberta Court of Appeal 2012; Broers v. Real Estate Council of Alberta 2010 ABQB 774 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2010; David Thompson Health Region and U.N.A., Local 2 (Leimert) (Re) 2009 CLB 9234 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 2009; David Thompson Health Region and U.N.A., Local 218 (Holbein) (Re) 2008 CLB 10546 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 2008; David Thompson Health Region and U.N.A., Local 2 (Re) 2008 CLB 10544 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 2008; Alberta (Ombudsman) v. Alberta (Human Rights and Citizenship Commission) 2008 ABQB 168 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2008; Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Education v. Alberta (Human Rights & Citizenship Commission) 2008 ABCA 82 Alberta Court of Appeal 2008; Health Sciences Assn. of Alberta v. David Thompson Health Region [2007] A.G.A.A. No. 35 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 2007; Baier v. Alberta [2007] 2 S.C.R. 673 Supreme Court of Canada 2007; H.S.A.A. v. Provincial Health Authorities of Alberta 2004 ABCA 185 Alberta Court of Appeal 2004; David Thompson Health Region v. United Nurses of Alberta, Local 218 (Hansen Grievance) [2003] C.L.A.D. No. 550 Canadian Labour Arbitration 2003; Smith v. Alberta (Ombudsman) [2003] A.J. No. 688 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2003; Health Sciences Assn. of Alberta v. Alberta (Provincial Health Authorities) [2003] A.J. No. 651 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2003; David Thompson Health Region v. United Nurses of Alberta, Local 218 (Hansen Grievance) [2003] A.G.A.A. No. 72 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 2003; United Nurses' of Alberta, Local 2 v. David Thompson Health Region (In Charge Grievance) [2003] A.G.A.A. No. 1 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 2003; University of Alberta and Non-Academic Staff Assn. (Re) 2002 CLB 12912 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 2002; Health Sciences Assn. Of Alberta v. Provincial Health Authorities of Alberta (Benson Grievance) [2002] A.G.A.A. No. 68 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 2002; David Thompson Health Region v. United Nurses of Alberta, Local 43 (Work Assignment Grievance) [2002] A.G.A.A. No. 44 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 2002; David Thompson Health Region v. United Nurses of Alberta, Local 5 (Policy Grievance) [2001] A.G.A.A. No. 44 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 2001; David Thompson Health Region v. United Nurses of Alberta, Local 2 (Position Elimination Grievance) [2001] A.G.A.A. No. 104 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 2001; Dhillon v. University of Alberta 259 A.R. 63 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2000; University of Alberta and Non-Academic Staff Assn. (Re) 2000 CLB 13287 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 2000; TNL Industrial Contractors v. IBEW, Local 424 240 A.R. 279 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1999; UNA, Local 2. v. Red Deer Regional Hospital 220 A.R. 181 (Q.B.) Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1998; David Thompson Health Region and United Nurses of Alberta, Local 2 (Vacation Accrual Grievance) [1998] A.G.A.A. No. 72 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1998; Hebdo Mag Inc. and G.C.I.U., Local 255-C (Re) 50 C.L.A.S. 137 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1997; Alberta Union of Provincial Employees v. Alberta [1997] A.J. No. 828 Alberta Court of Appeal 1997; Alberta v. Alberta (Labour Relations Board); University of Alberta Non-Academic Staff Assn. v. University of Alberta; Birch Hills (Municipal District No. 19) v. Alberta (Labour Relations Board) [1997] A.J. No. 108 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1997; University of Alberta and N.A.S.A. (Re) 46 C.L.A.S. 48 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1996; University of Alberta v. U of A Non-Academic Staff Association 165 A.R. 397 Alberta Court of Appeal 1995; University of Alberta Non-Academic Staff Association, Applicant and The Board of Governors of the University of Alberta, Focus Building Services Ltd., Quality Colour Consortium and Versa Services Ltd., Respondent [1995] Alta. L.R.B.R. 396 Alberta Labour Relations Board 1995; Sturgeon School Division No. 24 and A.T.A. (Re) 34 C.L.A.S. 553 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1994; Jasper School District No. 3063 and Alberta Teachers' Assn. (Re) 30 C.L.A.S. 162 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1993; Alberta Teachers'Assn. And Stettler (County) No. 6 (Re) 1993 CLB 15161 Alberta Labour Relations Board 1993; Whitecourt Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 94 and A.T.A (Re) 1993 CLB 13880 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1993; University of Alberta and N.A.S.A. (Re) 1993 CLB 13773 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1993; University of Alberta and N.A.S.A. (Re) 1993 CLB 13771 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1993; Rocky Mountain School Division No. 15 and A.T.A. (Re) 1993 CLB 13170 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1993; Parkland (County) No. 31 and A.T.A. (Re) 1993 CLB 13029 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1993; Bow Valley School Authorities Assn. And A.T.A. (Re) 1993 CLB 11398 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1993; West v. Red Deer No. 23 (County) 139 A.R. 173 Alberta Board of Reference 1993; Grande Prairie Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 28 and A.T.A. (Re) 1992 CLB 11433 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1992; McGarry v. Bosco Homes [1992] 42 C.C.E.L. 198 (Alta. Q.B.) Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1992; Lac la Biche School Division No. 51 and A.T.A. (Re) 1991 CLB 11434 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1991; Hinton Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 155 and A.T.A. (Re) 1991 CLB 11286 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1991; Elk Island Regional School Authorities Assn. And A.T.A., Local 30 (Re) 1991 CLB 11049 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1991; Graduate Students Association v. University of Alberta 117 A.R. 188 (Alta. C.A.) Alberta Court of Appeal 1991; Board of Trustees of the Edmonton Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 7 and A.T.A. (Re) 1989 CLB 8971 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1989; University of Alberta Hospitals and A.U.P.E. (Perrier) (Re) 1989 CLB 11069 Alberta Grievance Arbitration 1989
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