James is a founding member and partner* at Roper Greyell where he practises in all areas of employment and labour law.
Predominantly representing employers in situations of workplace conflict, James is known for providing practical, cost-effective and long-lasting solutions to difficult employment, labour and workplace human rights issues. Such issues include those related to wrongful or constructive dismissal actions, restrictive covenants, compensation disputes, disability and attendance management, and discipline and discharge in the unionized environment. He has represented employers and senior employees before all levels of court and a wide range of workplace-related administrative tribunals in British Columbia.
James is a strong advocate who provides capable representation and pragmatic advice. Respect, integrity and the utmost professionalism are at the core of his client-focused approach
James’ approach to all litigation, and employment litigation in particular, is based on care and compassion for his clients. He is dedicated to maintaining long-term relationships and will aggressively pursue the best interests of his clients. Using his skills as an articulate and dynamic speaker, James addresses complex issues in a way that is direct, nuanced and easy to understand.
He has served two terms as the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch (CBABC) Employment Law Section and as an Executive Member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) National Labour and Employment Law Section. He has been a guest speaker for organizations including the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR), the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLEBC) and Lancaster House, and in the Roper Greyell Workplace Law Education Series. James has written for CPHR’s HRVoice and PeopleTalk magazines and, for many years, was the author and editor of Roper Greyell’s monthly newsletters. He also sits on the editorial board of LexisNexis Canada Inc.’s Labour Notes newsletter.
James spends most of his time outside work with his wife and their three beautiful children. He also serves on the board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of British Columbia and Yukon.
LL.B. and B.Comm. (Accounting) (With Honours), University of British Columbia
Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR)
Year of call
British Columbia, 2004
Membership / Affiliations
Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association National Employment and Labour Law Section
Canadian Bar Association BC Branch Employment, Labour and Human Rights Law Sections
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)
The Advocates’ Society
Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association (HCLA)
Member, Editorial Board, LexisNexis Canada Inc.’s Labour Notes newsletter
Member, Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon
Chartered Professionals in Human Resources BC & Yukon
Listings / Rankings
“Litigation Lawyer to Watch” – Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (US Guide – Litigation), 2012
“Leading Lawyer Under 40” – Winner of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 competition, 2013
Best Lawyers in Canada, 2015-2018 (Employment and Labour Law)
Who’s Who Legal, 2016-2017 – Labour, Employment and Benefits
Lexpert-Ranked Lawyer, 2016-2017