Continuing from his days as a competitive basketball player, Jim might have taken the importance of the triple threat too seriously—choosing to study engineering, business, and law. Never one to shy away from a tough match-up, Jim puts these skills to use daily, providing creative solutions to intellectual property, commercial and regulatory problems.
Jim’s focus is advocacy. While he may be too modest to admit it, if you get him talking at a Jays' game, it will be clear why he finished at the top of his law school class in Intellectual Property Litigation and represented Western Law at the Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot (where he received an Honorable Mention for best oral advocate). And, even if that game happens to go into extra innings, that same modesty guarantees that Jim will never once boast about the recognition he has received for his legal writing – the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s national writing prize; the J.S.D. Tory Writing Prize for excellence in writing and legal research; and the WeirFoulds LLP Writing Prize in Intellectual Property.
Jim summered and articled with Gilbert’s, but cut his teeth as a Case Manager at the Western Business Law Clinic and working in patent and trademark prosecution. Prior to law school, Jim studied mechanical engineering and management at McMaster University where he graduated summa cum laude. Jim's capstone research project was in the field of aero-acoustics, designing a low noise landing gear for a Bombardier private jet. While he co-authored three publications stemming from the experimental results, he’d much rather talk about sports (or economics) than any of these accomplishments.
University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
Area of Concentration: Intellectual Property and Information Technology (IPIT)
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Major: Mechanical Engineering and Management (Thermofluids and Energy Systems)
Honours: Summa Cum Laude