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 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 on 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 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
"Litigation Star"
Benchmark Canada
2013 - 2019
Lawyer of the Year in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Best Lawyers
Listed Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2006 - 2020
Listed Labour and Employment Law
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2011 - 2020
Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers®
"Repeatedly Recommended" Employment Law - Employer
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
2002, 2004 - 2012, 2015 - 2019
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
Appointed Queen's Counsel
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
Unifor, Local 777 v Alberta Teachers’ Association, 2017 CanLII 9154 (AB GAA)
October 2019
The Impact of #MeToo on Professional Regulators
Perspectives for the Professions
The hashtag “MeToo” went viral in October of 2017. In the two years since then, the movement has had a significant impact on society. It’s had a weighty effect on professional regulators as well. What changes have we seen so far and w...
September 16, 2019
Fair Registration Practices Act:  Implications for Professional Regulatory Organizations
As we previously reported, on June 19, 2019, the United Conservative Party introduced Bill 11 - Fair Registration Practices Act in the Alberta Legislature. Bill 11 received Royal Assent on June 28, 2019, and will come into force on proclamation.Jo...
May 2019
Professional Regulation: The Political Winds are Blowing
Professional regulators should be aware that “the political winds are blowing.” Some say that a real storm is brewing while others claim that this is simply a short-lived squall of the type that regularly buffet the good ship “Self-Re...
May 7, 2019
Bill 21:  What Licensed Practical Nurses Need to Know
2019 CLPNA Annual General Meeting & Conference
May 6, 2019
Top Ten Causes of Unprofessional Conduct
2019 CLPNA Annual General Meeting & Conference
March 2019
Good Character:  An Important Regulatory Tool Even in an Age of Labour Mobility
Perspectives for the Professions
Regulators have traditionally used a test of “good character and reputation” to assess applicants. However, the question remained – to what extent can regulators apply the test of “good character and reputation” for applic...
January 2019
Year in Review: Important Professional Regulatory Cases of 2018
Learn about the most important professional regulatory Court cases of the past year. What are the key legal trends? What are the strategic and operational implications for regulators? Presented by James Casey, QC and Kim Precht...
November 2018
Bill 21 Update: An Act to Protect Patients Now Partially in Force
Professional Regulatory Alert
In our November 5, 2018 Professional Regulatory Alert we provided a brief summary of Bill 21, “An Act to Protect Patients” and addressed some of the implementation steps required of Colleges. By way of update, on November 19, 2018 the Bill ...
November 2018
Bill 21 – An Act to Protect Patients
Professional Regulatory Alert
In June of 2018, Alberta Health issued a Discussion Document indicating that the Government was considering amendments to the Health Professions Act (HPA) to better protect patients from sexual abuse by health professionals. The Discussion Do...
October 16, 2018
Conducting Regulatory Investigations
Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation Annual Conference
Join Field Law's Jim Casey, QC and Greg Sim for a pre-conference workshop at the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (CNAR) Annual Conference. Jim and Greg are two of the instructors at this workshop being organized by Richard Ste...
October 24 + 30, 2018
Effective Responses to Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Complaints Workshop
An increasing number of organizations are being rocked by allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct by their employees. Often these allegations are broadcast on social media, catching organizations flat-footed and unprepared. Join Field Law...
September 2018
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
28 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
Field Law is proud to announce that 28 of our lawyers have been included in the 13th edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. These lawyers have been recognized in 17 service areas, resulting in a total of 36 rankings.Among the 28 Field Law l...
May 2018
Don't Forget the Sanctions...
Professional Regulatory Webinar
You’ve heard all the evidence and the charges are proven. For the professional whose career is on the line, nothing could be more important than what comes next... Presented by James Casey, QC and Gregory Sim of the Field L...
November 2017
Field Law at CBA West 2017
The Alberta and British Columbia branches of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) are teaming up to present “CBA West 2017”, an exciting new legal conference for lawyers practicing in Western Canada. The conference will take place in Las Vega...
September 2017
The Relationship Between Council and the Chief Executive Officer
Perspectives for the Professions
The Chief Executive Officer of a professional regulatory organization is the senior staff person responsible for the overall operations of the organization. Typically, the CEO will report to Council which is responsible for providing governance oversig...
August 2017
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018
25 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
25 Lawyers from Field Law Recognized in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2018 Field Law is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers have been included in the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. Three of these lawyers are new additions a...
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 2017 include:  
  • January 19, 2017: "A Potpourri of Recent Administrative Law Developments” (co-presented with Bill Shores), CBA Administrative Law Section-Northern
  • February 6, 2017: “Risk Assessment and Audit (Third-Party Regulatory Practice Reviews: From the Outside, Looking In)", Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professions
  • February 6, 2017: “The Ethical Practice of Law: 15 Practical Tips from the Trenches”, University of Alberta, Faculty of Law,  Professional Responsibility Class
  • April 24, 2017: “Freedom of Association and the Charter: Jurisprudence since the New Labour Trilogy”, CBA, Labour and Employment Law Section 
  • April 30, 2017: “Mihaly v. APEGA: Lessons for Regulators”, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta Annual General Meeting
  • June 9, 2017: “Accommodating Competing Interests: Striking a principled balance between human rights, seniority, and other collective agreement claims”, Calgary Labour Arbitration Conference
  • September 25, 2017: “Mihaly v. APEGA: Lessons Learned and Strategic Responses by Regulators”, Engineers Canada Conference, Ottawa, Ontario
  • October 2, 2017: “Assessing Regulatory Performance”, Workshop Co-Presenter, Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • October 4, 2017: “Top 10 Professional Regulatory Cases of the Past Year”, Panelist, Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • November 17, 2017: "Recent Developments in Administrative Law”, Co-Presented with Justice Marshall Rothstein (retired from the Supreme Court of Canada), CBA West, Las Vegas, Nevada
University of Alberta, 1987, Bachelor of Laws With Distinction
University of Saskatchewan, 1982, Bachelor of Commerce With Distinction
Northwest Territories,2006