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James C. Lingwood, Associate

  Office:   Edmonton
  Direct Line:   780.482.9237
  Practice Area(s):   Labour & Employment, Occupational Health & Safety, Municipal
  Law School:   University of Alberta
  Bar Admission(s): Alberta (2011)

An associate in the McLennan Ross Edmonton office focusing on labour and employment, occupational health and safety and municipal issues.


  • LL.B., University of Alberta
  • M.A.Legal Studies, Carleton University
  • B.A. Legal Studies, Carleton University
  • B.A. Political Studies (Honours), Queen's University

Professional Associations and Affiliations

  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association
    • Labour & Employment Section
    • Administrative Law Section

Community and Volunteer Activities

  • Worked on Capital Campaign for Society for Treatment of Autism
  • Provided free legal advice and representation for low-income persons in criminal trials and proceedings through the University of Alberta’s SLS program

  • Represents and advises employers and employees concerning a variety of issues, such as termination, discipline, human rights, employment standards, workers’ compensation and matters involving privacy and access to information.
  • Provides advice to employers on various dismissal issues, including establishing just cause to dismiss, reasonable severance pay, and strategies to avoid wrongful dismissal actions.
  • Reviews and provides advice to employees on employment contracts, specific employment terms and severance agreements.
  • Defends wrongful dismissal actions on behalf of employers and prosecutes such actions on behalf of dismissed employees.
  • Represents and advises employers in respect of complaints before the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
  • Represents and advises employers in respect of Employment Standards complaints and appeals.
  • Assists and advises employers in developing, implementing and revising workplace policies.
  • Advises employers regarding the drafting, implementation and application of employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, non-competition and confidentiality provisions, and general employment policies and practices.
  • Defends companies against OHS, environmental and other regulatory prosecutions.
  • Provides immediate advice to clients responding to workplace accidents


James regularly makes presentations to clients on the development of Occupational Health & Safety prosecutions in Alberta.

  • “Monitoring Employee E-mail and Internet Usage”, Vicki Giles and James Lingwood,  Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers 8th Annual Conference
  •  “Misconduct in the Blogosphere”, Vicki Giles and James Lingwood, Network - Journal of the Human Resource Institute of Alberta



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