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Owen James practices commercial litigation. He has a particular focus on complex corporate-commercial litigation, environmental litigation and real estate litigation.

He has appeared as counsel at the trial and appellate levels, including at the Supreme Court of Canada, and has also acted for clients in arbitration and before a variety of administrative tribunals. Prior to practice, Owen served as a judicial law clerk to several justices of the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Owen regularly contributes to the Continuing Legal Education Society and has written for the Annual Review of Law and Practice and Provincial Court Small Claims Handbook, on which he serves on the Editorial Board. He has written on a range of topics for The International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers, CCH Tax Topics, Canadian Property Management and Annual Review of Insolvency Law, and has also presented on topics relating to his practice.


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


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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