James Casey
James Casey
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Jim Casey acts as a labour arbitrator and as legal counsel to professional regulatory organizations. Jim began his career working in labour relations and then went to the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law with the goal of becoming a labour lawyer. After graduating, Jim joined Field Law and acted in a multi-faceted role as legal counsel to employers, unions, and employees. He also served as the leader of the Firm’s Edmonton Labour and Employment Group. Jim’s career transitioned to focusing on a neutral, adjudicative role. He served as a part-time Vice-Chair of the Alberta Labour Relations Board for 14 years adjudicating disputes under the Labour Relations Code and the Public Service Employee Relations Act.

Jim also developed a very active practice serving as a labour arbitrator which is now the focus of his labour law career. Jim was appointed to Alberta Labour’s Grievance Arbitration Roster and was appointed by the Minister to serve as a "Disputes Inquiry Board" under the Labour Relations Code. He is a sought-after speaker and author on labour and employment law topics and has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta. Jim is the author of many labour and employment publications and is the editor of Remedies in Labour, Employment, and Human Rights which has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada.

With respect to his professional regulatory practice, Jim founded the Firm’s Professional Regulatory Group and serves as counsel to numerous professional regulatory organizations seeking experience and solution-focused advice in all areas of professional regulation including discipline, legislation, registration, mobility, policy and governance. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of Courts in Alberta and acts as independent legal counsel to numerous administrative tribunals. Jim is the author of The Regulation of Professions in Canada, which is considered one of the leading textbooks on the subject and has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada and many other Courts. Organizations across Canada invite Jim to conduct training seminars on professional regulation issues.

Jim’s clients rely on his broad strategic perspective gained from decades of representing professional regulatory clients and from his senior-level management and governance experience. Jim served for many years as the Practice Group Leader for the Labour and Employment Group in Edmonton. He also  founded the Firm’s Professional Regulatory Group and acted as the Practice Group Leader. From 2008 to 2016 Jim served as Field Law’s Firm Managing Partner leading the Firm’s Executive Committee and managing the Firm’s 125 lawyers and 150 staff in Edmonton, Calgary, and Yellowknife. Jim makes an active contribution to the profession and the community having served in senior leadership volunteer roles on the Boards of many not for profit organizations.

Outside the Office

Jim is an avid boater who enjoys the pleasures of the sea… while staying client-focused. He tells a story of sailing once in the Gulf Islands when a client reached him on his cell phone regarding an urgent legislative matter. After battling spotty cell service, Jim was finally able to talk with his client, sail to a marina and receive, mark-up and fax back a 75-page Bill that same night.

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (North)
Chair & Co-Chair
1995 - 1997
Appointed Queen's Counsel
"Repeatedly Recommended" Employment Law - Employer
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
2002, 2004 - 2012, 2015 - 2017
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
Listed Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2006 - 2017
Listed Labour and Employment Law
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2011 - 2017
"Litigation Star" Alberta
Benchmark Canada
2013 - 2017
Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers®
M.S. Society of Canada, Alberta Division - Award of Merit
M.S. Society of Canada
Citadel Theatre
Member of the Board of Directors
2016 - Present
Kids 'n' Us: Families Facing Diabetes Together Conference
Chair of the Organizing Committee
2012 - 2017
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Edmonton Chapter
Board Member
2010 - 2015
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Edmonton Chapter
Board Member and Vice-Chair
2010 - 2014
M.S. Society of Canada
Member of National Board
2007 - 2014
M.S. Society of Canada - National Board
2010 - 2012
M.S. Society of Canada - National Board
Chair of Governance Committee
2007 - 2009
M.S. Society of Canada - National Board
Chair of Governance Review Task Force
2007 - 2008
M.S. Society of Canada - Alberta Division
Chair of Board
2005 - 2007
Student Finance Board Appeal Committee
1995 - 1998
Human Rights Review Panel
1994 - 1994
Nominating Review Committee of Alberta Health & Wellness on appointments to the 17 Regional Health Authority Boards
Edmonton Food Bank
Former Board Member and Former Chair of Board
Jim Casey has written and published extensively in the areas of professional regulation and labour/employment including writing numerous articles, two books, and serving as an editor of a third book. The books are: 
  • The Regulation of Professions in Canada, Thomson Reuters. The book was originally published in 1994 and continues to be updated several times a year.  Regulation of Professions in Canada is considered the leading text in the area.  It has been cited by many tribunals and Courts across Canada including the Supreme Court of Canada. It has become a standard reference tool for legal counsel, tribunals, and regulatory colleges. 
  • Remedies in Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law, Thomson Reuters, Editor and contributing author. The book was originally published in 1999 and continues to be updated several times a year. The text has been cited by labour arbitration boards and Courts across Canada including the Supreme Court of Canada. 
  • A Guide to the Health Professions Act, 2004, Legal Education Society of Canada. The Guide was a key resource used by regulatory colleges coming under the Health Professions Act
Jim has also written many guides for tribunals involved in the professional regulatory processes including: 
  • Appeals of Hearing Tribunal Decisions: A Guide for Council,  published by Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professions, 2017: co-authors James T. Casey, Q.C. and Katrina Haymond.
  • Appeals of Registration Decisions: A Guide for Council, published by Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professions, 2017: co-authors James T. Casey, Q.C. and Katrina Haymond.
Jim is also a frequent speaker and workshop presenter on professional regulatory and labour issues for clients, the legal profession, and the professional regulatory and labour relations communities. Selected presentations/workshops in 2016 include:  
  • April 17, 2016:  Lancaster Labour Arbitration Conference (Calgary). Presented on panel on recent important arbitration and Court decisions.
  • June 1, 2016 (Toronto): Workshops for hearing tribunal members on “Assessing Credibility” and “Writing Effective Decisions”. Co-presented with Richard Steinecke and other lawyers from Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc.  
  • October 7, 2016 (Edmonton): Organized and presented at a workshop for Hearing Tribunal members. Workshop focused on assessing credibility and effective decision writing. Co-presented with Richard Steinecke, Katrina Haymond and Greg Sim.  
  • October 28, 2016 (Banff): Discipline Administrators of Law Societies annual conference. Made two presentations concerning balancing freedom of speech under the Charter with professional responsibilities and recent cases of interest to professional regulators.  
  • November 2 and 3, 2016 (Toronto): Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation annual conference. Co-presented with RECA on Third Party Regulatory Reviews and served as a panelist on the Top 10 Cases of the Last Year.   
  • November 7, 2016 (Winnipeg):  Manitoba Alliance of Health Regulatory Colleges. Two half-day workshops on credibility and writing effective decisions. Co-presented with Richard Steinecke.  
University of Alberta, 1987, Bachelor of Laws With Distinction
University of Saskatchewan, 1982, Bachelor of Commerce With Distinction
Northwest Territories,2006