In the summer of 1994, James spent four months with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment in Tofino, British Columbia. Along with general duties, he worked as the main investigator in two major cases (an employee fraud at a major government agency and a double arson in an aboriginal community). This valuable insight into how the RCMP investigates cases has assisted him in defending cases for his clients.
Having articled at the firm of Ladner Downs (now Borden Ladner Gervais), James was exposed to several areas of practice including labour law, land law, commercial law and civil litigation. During articles, he also spent one month working at Vancouver Crown Counsel (222 Main Street). As an associate at Harbottle and Company (May 1996 – July 1997), James worked on several commercial fraud cases where he acted for shareholders against fraudulent directors. Working with forensic accountants and reviewing numerous company records has benefitted him in assisting clients charged in fraud matters. James has spent twelve years as an associate with Sicotte & Henry and has worked almost exclusively in the area of criminal law. He has represented clients at all levels of court in this province and has gained experience in all areas of criminal law including extensive work with young offenders.