Biography

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.

Education

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Area of Concentration: Intellectual Property and Information Technology (IPIT)
J.D., 2017

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

B.Eng.Mgt., 2014
Major: Mechanical Engineering and Management (Thermofluids and Energy Systems)
Honours: Summa Cum Laude

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Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2018

Published Works

"Non-Infringing Alternatives: Moving Beyond Condemnation to Arrive at Compensation", Canadian Intellectual Property Review, 2017.

"The effect of proximity of the landing gear lights on its turbulent wake", Journal of Turbulence, 2016.

"Stereoscopic PIV Study of a Simplifed Landing Gear Model", 10th Pacific Symposium on Flow Visualization, 2015.

"Experimental Investigation of Landing Light Orientation: Landing Gear", ASME 2015 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, 2015.

Honours and Awards

Winner - Legate & Associates Medical Malpractice Trial Advocacy Moot, 2017

Winner - Canada's IP Writing Challenge – The Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and IP Osgoode, 2016

Honourable Mention - Best Oral Advocate - Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot, 2016

Winner - First Year Appellate Competition (FYAC), 2015