James practices primarily in the field of Civil litigation, assisting clients in resolving difficult situations in a variety of fields, including litigation involving estates, construction, and residential conveyancing. James’ practice also includes a small amount of Child & Family Services work, including applications for private guardianship of a child. James’ objective is to assist clients attain their goals through negotiation but regularly attends Court to represent his clients’ needs  regarding matters in dispute. James has appeared on behalf of his clients before the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, in various administrative tribunals or boards, and as junior counsel for a party with standing in a major public inquiry.

Areas of Practice

Civil Litigation


LL.B. University of Manitoba 2010
Call to the Bar of Manitoba in 2011

Professional Involvement/Achievements

Member of the Law Society of Manitoba
Membre général de l’AJEFM (Association des juristes d’expression française du Manitoba),
Past board member of Trails Manitoba (the Manitoba Recreational Trails Association Inc.) April 2017 – March 2019
Membre ancien du CA de l’AJEFM (Association des juristes d’expression française du Manitoba), janvier 2013 – mai 2014.


The law firm of BD Oakes Jardine Kaneski UnRuh LLP acknowledges that we live and work in the territories of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. The firm sits in Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of Anishinaabe peoples. Treaty 1, signed in 1871, took this territory from seven local Anishinaabe First Nations to make the land available for settler use and ownership.

This land acknowledgment is about being honest and accurate about the Original Peoples of this land as well as other Indigenous communities who lived and continue to live where the firm presently stands. It is an expression of respect and appreciation for these ancestors, and their present-day relatives, who continue to love and care for the land. This acknowledgment is offered in the belief that doing so will help us to be mindful lawyers, advocates, and citizens of the community we share with indigenous peoples.

We are committed to learning more about the issues shaping the lives of indigenous peoples, and to cultivate and put into practice skills that will contribute to a decolonized, anti-discriminatory future devoid of prejudice and racism. In expressing and enacting our land acknowledgment, we commit to honouring and supporting movements of self-determination and wellbeing led by indigenous guardians, stewards, and protectors of this land that we share. This responsibility includes engaging with, questioning, and critiquing those practices and structures, within and outside our firm, that perpetuate the status quo as it concerns indigenous lands, waters, and people in Manitoba.  Our land acknowledgment is not fixed but living. It is fluid and open to change as we continue to learn.