Year called to bar: 1976 (QC); 1979 (ON); 2006 (AB ); 2007 (England & Wales); 2006 (BC); 2013 (Paris)
James A. Woods, founder of the firm, practises in litigation and arbitration and pleads at all levels of federal and provincial courts in Ontario and Québec, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Named “Litigator of the Year 2016” by Le Monde Juridique Magazine and as one of the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Montréal, Corporate Commercial Litigation by Lexpert® since 2015. Recognized consistently by The Best Lawyers in Canada for his expertise in the fields of bet-the-company litigation, class action litigation, corporate and commercial litigation, director and officer liability, legal malpractice law, and securities law, and multiple times as Lawyer of the Year in Montréal. Is member of the Faculty of Law and lecturer in civil litigation at McGill University. Fellow of the ACTL, LCA, FDCC, and CIA (London). Member of the panel of arbitrators of the AAA, of the CBA, QBA, LSO, LSBC, LSA, LSEW, ABA, IBA, LCIA, AAJ, and CCAC. Called to the Bars of Québec, 1976; Ontario, 1979; Alberta and BC, 2006; England & Wales, 2007; Barreau Paris, 2013; and discerned Advocatus Emeritus by Québec Bar, 2013. Has acted as attorney or arbitrator either as President or Member of Arbitration Tribunal in commercial and international arbitrations, either ad hoc or ICC.