James Casey, Q.C.

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

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 organizations and from his senior-level management and governance experience gained by serving as the Firm's Managing Partner from 2008 to 2016 and on many Boards in the non-profit sector.

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.

Honours and Awards

Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement Martindale-Hubbell 2017
Lexpert Ranked Lawyer - Repeatedly Recommended, Employment Law - Employer Lexpert 2016
Benchmark Canada Litigation Star Benchmark Canada 2014
Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year Best Lawyers 2012
Lexpert Consistently Recommended Lexpert 2011
Lexpert Leading Lawyer Lexpert 2011
Best Lawyers International Best Lawyers 2006 - 2017
Appointed Queen's Counsel 2004
M.S. Society of Canada, Alberta Division - Award of Merit M.S. Society of Canada 1996

Leadership and Executive

Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Community Organizations

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Edmonton Chapter Board Member and Vice-Chair 2010-2014
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
Edmonton Food Bank Former Board Member and Former Chair of Board
M.S. Society of Canada - Alberta Division Chair of Board 2005-2007

Presentations

Lecturer / Teaching Positions

The following is a list of lectures, classes, seminars or speaking engagements given or taught by James:

Sessional Lecturer University of Alberta Faculty of Law, Labour Law 2000-2003

Past Presentations

The following is a list of presentations, seminars or speaking engagements previously given by James:

Professional Regulatory Workshop: Assessing Credibility: More Art Than Science Professional Regulators October 2016
Informal Resolution of Complaints Field Law Clients and Guests May 2013
Round Table Discussion: Human Rights Issues for Regulators Field Law Clients and Guests November 2012
Round Table Discussion: Special Guest Peter Hourihan (Alberta Ombudsman) Field Law Clients and Guests September 2012
Discipline and Appeal Panel Training Professional Regulatory Organization February 2011
Professional Discipline Hearing Workshop (Session 2) Field Law Clients and Guests September 2010
Professional Discipline Hearing Workshop (Session 1) Field Law Clients and Guests September 2010
How to Run a Professional Discipline Hearing and Writing Administratively Fair Decisions Professional Regulatory Body December 2009
Round Table Discussion: Labour Mobility and Registration November 2009
Independent Medical Examinations and the Arbitral Process Lancaster Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference June 2009
The Top Ten Causes of Unprofessional Conduct Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia Conference: Basics of Self-Governing Professions May 2009
Finding the Balance Between Transparency and Privacy in the Internet Age CBA Privacy/Administrative Law Section Meeting April 2009
The Effective Advocacy of Jurisdictional Objections to Administrative Tribunals Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch, Administrative Law December 2008
7 Deadly Sins of Tribunal Member Conduct The Foundation of Administrative Justice Conference May 2008
Small Colleges and the Challenges of the Discipline Process The Foundation of Administrative Justice Conference May 2008
Recent Trends in Professional Regulation B.C. Continuing Legal Education, Self-Governing Professions 2008 April 2008
Chaired a mock arbitration on investigations in the workplace Risk Management in the Workplace Conference February 2008
How to Run a Professional Discipline Hearing and Prepare Decisions Field Law Clients and Guests Janaury 2008
Lunch with the Arbitrators Vancouver Labour Arbitration Conference December 2007
Monitoring Employees at Work - An Arbitrator's Perspective Calgary Labour Arbitration & Policy Conference June 2007
Turning Today's Disasters into Tomorrow's Best Practices The Foundation of Administrative Justice Annual Conference May 2007
Co-Chair of the Conference on the Advanced Forum on the Duty to Accommodate Canadian Institute May 2007
Administrative Tribunals and Competing Jurisdictions CBA Administrative Law Section November 2006
Recent Developments in Administrative Law: The Standard of Review: Demonstrating Tribunal Expertise Alberta Foundation of Administrative Justice Conference June 2006
Recent Developments in Administrative Law: Administrative Tribunals and the Charter Alberta Foundation of Administrative Justice Conference June 2006
Co-Chair on the Employer's Duty to Accommodate Conference Canadian Institute's Western Canadian Forum May 2006
Regulating Under the Health Professions Act Field Law Clients and Guests March 2006

Published Works

Books

A Guide to the Health Professions Act Legal Education Society of Alberta March 2002
Remedies in Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law (Editor) Carswell 1999
The Regulation of Professions in Canada Carswell Legal Publications October 1994
Numerous articles and papers in the areas of labour, administration law and professional regulation.

Articles

Counsel Comments: Lum v. Alberta Dental Association and College (Review Panel), 2016 ABCA 154 Take Five - Alberta Edition June 2016
Restoring the Balance: Lessons from the Human Rights Appeal of Mihaly v Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta 2016 ABQB 6 Perspectives for the Professions April 2016
Alberta Court Determines APEGA's Registration Examinations Are Not Discriminatory Perspectives for the Professions January 2016
Professional Regulatory Training: A Commitment to Excellence Perspectives for the Professions October 2015
The Top 10 Tips and Traps for Tribunal Member Conduct Perspectives for the Professions October 2014
Human Rights Challenges and Internationally Educated Professionals: Mihaly v. APEGA Perspectives for the Professions March 2014
Case Update: Wright v. College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (Appeals Committee) 2012 ABCA 267 Professional Regulatory E-Bulletin April 2013
Unprofessional Conduct and Addictions Perspectives for the Professions November 2012
Professional Regulators Must Address Human Rights Issues: Burden or Blessing? Perspectives for the Professions June 2012
The Inspection Power Under the Health Professions Act: A Brave New World Perspectives for the Professions Fall 2009
Dunsmuir v. New Brunswick: New Directions from the Supreme Court of Canada Field Notes June 2008
Key Trends in Professional Regulation Perspectives for the Professions May 2008
Bill 41 and the Threat to Professional Self-Governance Perspectives for the Professions August 2007
The Top Ten Causes of Unprofessional Conduct Perspectives for the Professions April 2006
Privacy Update Perspectives for the Professions April 2005
Procedural Fairness in the Investigatory Stage Administrative Law Reports 2003
The Duty of Fairness in the Investigation Stage of Administrative Proceedings Administrative Law Reports May 2002
The Regulation of Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practitioners: Policy Considerations Perspectives on Complementary & Alternative Health Care July 2001
Lyons v. Multari:The Brave New World of Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Clauses for Dentists Updater March 2001
Lyons v. Multari:The Brave New World of Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Clauses for Dentists Updater March 2001
Current Workplace Issues - Wrongful Dismissal Insurance Law Now Spring 2001
Current Workplace Issues - Wrongful Dismissal Insurance Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Spring/Summer 2000
Remedies: We Wrote the Book Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Spring 1999
You Raise the Issue - Compensation and Terminating Executives Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Winter 1998
Status Report and Analysis of Health Professional Regulations in Canada Working Group on Interdisciplinary Health Human Resource Planning October 1998
The Teaching Profession: More Than A Job ATA Magazine June 1998
Professional Self-Governance: Challenges for the New Millennium News & Views September 1997
Self-Governing Professions The Monitor March 1997
Disclosure in Administrative Proceedings - Does Stinchcombe Apply? (1997) 6 Reid's Administrative Law 121 1997
New Human Rights Legislation for Alberta Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Winter 1996
Hospital Privileges and Quasi-Judicial Immunity (Case Comment) Administrative Law Reports April 1996
Getting the Pink Slip: Everything You Wanted to Know About Being Fired But Were Afraid to Ask Edmonton Journal April 1995
You Raise the Issue - Downsizing Through Older Employees Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Spring 1995
Equal In Dignity and Rights - A Review of Human Rights in Alberta June 1994
Maternity Leave Decision Impacts on Employers Commerce News September 1993
Getting the Pink Slip: Everything You Wanted to Know About Being Fired But Were Afraid to Ask Law Now September 1992
Education Law Canadian Encyclopedia Digest (Western) April 1992
Swinging the Axe - The Dangerous Art of Termination The Entrepreneur September 1990
Corporal Punishment - When can a Teacher Strike a Kid Law Now 1989
Exclusive Jurisdiction for Small Claims Court: A Study Paper and Recommendations CBA National Magazine 1987

Volunteer / Pro Bono

Citadel Theatre Member of the Board of Directors 2016-Present
M.S. Society of Canada Member of National Board 2007-Present
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Edmonton Chapter Board Member and Vice-Chair 2010-2014
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
Edmonton Food Bank Former Board Member and Former Chair of Board
M.S. Society of Canada - Alberta Division Chair of Board 2005-2007

Accolades

2017 - Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement
2016 - Lexpert Ranked Lawyer - Repeatedly Recommended, Employment Law - Employer
2014 - Benchmark Canada Litigation Star
2012 - Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year
2011 - Lexpert Consistently Recommended
2011 - Lexpert Leading Lawyer
2006 - 2017 - Best Lawyers International
2004 - Appointed Queen's Counsel

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Professional Regulatory
  • Labour and Employment
  • Administrative
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

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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