James Minns

James Minns is a senior mediator, arbitrator and property appraisal umpire with
more than 35 years of practical legal experience and subject matter expertise in
relation to all forms of insurance, intellectual property and corporate/commercial
litigation. His specialized legal and business background enables him to bring
a unique and thoughtful perspective to dispute resolution and conflict

James has earned a reputation for his skill in reviewing, identifying and analysing
complex factual and legal issues to help the parties formulate practical options
and solutions leading to resolution of their disputes. James’ areas of expertise

  • • Civil & Commercial Litigation
  • • Intellectual Property
  • • Commercial & Property Insurance
  • • Media, Sports & Entertainment
  • • Property Insurance Appraisals
  • • Advertising & Competition
  • • Construction Disputes
  • • E-commerce
  • • Condominium Law
  • • Business Oppression & Succession
  • • Personal Injury
  • • Insurance Coverage Issues

While in private practise James frequently appeared before the Ontario Superior
Court, the Ontario Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Financial
Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) and various tribunals including the
Trademarks Opposition Board. He is a registered Trademark Agent at the
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). James has acquired alternative
dispute resolution competencies through formal training and on the job training.
He has practised as a private mediator on numerous matters and was lead
counsel on numerous private arbitration matters across Ontario.

James received his LL. B from the University of Western Ontario and was called to
the Ontario Bar in 1982. James subsequently was awarded his M.B.A. from the
University of Toronto Rotman School of Business in 1995 and in 2002 his Masters
of Law in Intellectual Property from Osgoode Hall School at York University.
James has a Negotiation Workshop Certification from Harvard Law School, a
Mediation Process Certification from Conflict Dispute Resolution Associates, and
an Arbitration Certification from the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of
Ontario (ADRIO), an Advanced Mediation Certificate from ADR Chambers and a
Commercial Arbitration Certificate from the Toronto Commercial Arbitration
Society. James holds a Q. Med. and a Q. Arb. designation from the Alternative
Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada (ADRIC).