James Casey, QC
Firm Managing Partner
2006 - Northwest Territories Bar
1988 - Alberta Bar
2014 - Benchmark Canada Litigation Star
2013 - Best Lawyers International
2011 - Lexpert Consistently Recommended
2011 - Lexpert Leading Lawyer
2004 - Appointed Queen's Counsel
Jim Casey is a partner at Field Law working in the Firm’s Edmonton office. Jim graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1982 and with a Bachelor of Laws degree with distinction in 1987. He was called to the Bar in Alberta in 1988 and is also a member of the Bar of the Northwest Territories. Jim was appointed “Queen’s Counsel” in 2004.
Jim joined Field Law in 1987. He served as Practice Group Leader for the Firm’s Labour and Employment Group and founded the Firm’s Professional Regulatory Group. Jim was named the Firm’s Managing Partner in 2008 serving as the chief executive officer for the Firm’s three offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Yellowknife.
Jim’s primary areas of legal practice are professional regulation, labour relations, and administrative law. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of Courts in Alberta and numerous administrative tribunals. Jim acts as legal counsel for many professional organizations providing advice in all areas of professional regulation including discipline, legislation, registration, mobility, policy and governance. He conducts training seminars on professional regulation issues for professional organizations. Jim also serves as independent legal counsel to a number of administrative tribunals.
Jim has been retained by both provincial and federal government agencies to provide advice on professional regulation issues and has consulted to governments on a significant number of legislative development projects.
With respect to his labour relations practice, Jim served as a part-time Vice-Chair of the Alberta Labour Relations Board for 14 years. He also acts as a labour arbitrator. He provides labour relations advice to clients and in 2012 was named by "Best Lawyers" as “Lawyer of the Year” for Labour and Employment Law in Edmonton. Jim has taught Labour Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta.
Jim is a frequent speaker to professional, business and community groups and has co-chaired conferences on professional regulation in Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and Edmonton. Jim is the author of numerous publications including two books: the leading text in Canada on professional regulation, "The Regulation of Professions in Canada" and "A Guide to the Health Professions Act." He is also the editor of the text "Remedies in Labour, Employment, and Human Rights Law." Jim has been recognized by his peers in the legal community through inclusion in the legal directories "Best Lawyers in Canada", "L’Expert", "Martindale Hubbell" and in "Benchmark Canada" as a "litigation star". Jim has served in leadership positions in a number of professional and community organizations including serving as the National Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the M.S. Society of Canada.