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