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Owen James is a commercial litigator. He regularly acts in complex corporate-commercial disputes, with a particular focus on class actions and real estate and environmental disputes.

The corporate-commercial litigation Owen has successfully handled for clients has involved a range of matters, including contractual claims, shareholder actions, fraud claims and product liability claims.  

Owen has appeared as counsel at the trial courts of a number of Canadian provinces and at the appellate levels in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario, as well as at the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also acted for clients in domestic and commercial arbitrations and before various administrative tribunals, including the Environmental Appeal Board, the Forest Appeals Commission, the Real Estate Council of BC, the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC and the Safety Standards Appeal Board.  

Owen regularly contributes to legal education initiatives. He has spoken and written for Continuing Legal Education, including authoring and editing chapters in the Annual Review of Law and Practice and the British Columbia Civil Trial Handbook. He also sits on the Editorial Board of the Provincial Court Small Claims Handbook. He has written on a range of topics for The International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers, CCH Tax Topics, Canadian Property Management, Pacific Business Law Institute and has also presented on topics relating to his practice.  

Before joining McEwan Partners in 2017, Owen practiced at an international law firm in Vancouver, where he chaired the Vancouver office’s pro bono program, student program and advocacy skills program. He also formerly clerked for several justices of the British Columbia Supreme Court. 


Benchmark Litigation, recognized since 2018

  • 2022 – Future Litigation Star – Canada
  • 2019 – 40 & Under List – Canada
  • 2019 – Future Litigation Star – Canada
  • 2018 – Future Litigation Star – Canada


Future Star 2022 Benchmark Litigation Canada


  • LLB, University of British Columbia (2005)
  • BA, Simon Fraser University (2001)


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association
  • Member, Environmental Managers Association of British Columbia
  • Member, Urban Development Institute

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 2007

Notable Cases

Tembec Enterprises v. British Columbia, Decision No. 2008-FOR-011(a)

Succeeded in defence of a forestry company in administrative  proceedings under the Forest range and Practices Act.

Century Services Inc. v. Canada (Attorney General), 2010 SCC 60

Succeeded in appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada for a secured lender in a case involving priority of unremitted GST proceeds in a failed restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.

Dawydiuk v. I.C.B.C., 2009 BCSC 1259 var’d 2010 BCCA 353

Succeeded in defence of an employer in respect of a claim for wrongful dismissal brought by a former employee.

R. v. Haptom, 2008 BCPC 339

Succeeded in defence of a lottery retailer charged under the Gaming Control Act.

British Columbia v. Hyland and Haptom, 2008 BCPC 126

Succeeded in defence of an individual in a forfeiture application in respect of property under the Criminal Code.

Vancouver (City) v. Robinson, 2013 BCSC 1224

Succeeded at trial and on the subsequent appeal for a plaintiff in an action for damages in nuisance against the City of Vancouver.

Unlu v. Air Canada 2015 BCSC 1453 aff’d 2017 BCCA 316.

Succeeded at trial and on the subsequent appeal for a defendant airline in certification proceedings under the Class Proceedings Act.

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