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James Wood

James Wood is an experienced criminal defence lawyer and has appeared in all levels of court in Manitoba (Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal). He has over significant experience successfully advising, analyzing and conducting research on complex legal matters in a wide variety of judicial and quasi-judicial settings

James practice includes defending ALL types of criminal matters such as:

– impaired driving
– drug offences
– assault, sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault, murder
– firearm and weapon related offences
– fraud and breach of trust offences
– break & enter, and related property crime offences
– highway traffic act offences

James also represents clients at the Licence Suspension Appeal Board, and has assisted clients appearing before professional administrative tribunals and discipline committees. 

James brings a wealth of life experience to his practice as a criminal defence lawyer. He has over 10 years of experience working in the Criminal Justice System. He has worked as a youth justice worker, a correctional officer, and as an inmate education co-ordinator for Alberta Justice.

James was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (Infantry and Armoured), and was also an instructor for the Canadian Firearms Safety Course for restricted and non-restricted firearms.



LL.B.                                                                                                                                    2010

Robson Hall, Faculty of Law - University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

Bachelor of Applied Justice Studies                                                                                 2002

Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB


Memberships / Associations:
Canadian Bar Association (National Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee)
Manitoba Bar Association (Branch Council Member)
Manitoba Bar Association (Criminal Justice Section Co-Chair)
Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba (Vice-President – Private Bar)
Legal Aid Advisory Committee

Uniform Law Conference of Canada (Delegate and Working Group Member)

Law Society of Manitoba (Call to the Bar 2011)



Leon Mitchell, Q.C. Memorial Award - Labour-Management Relations - 2009 / 2010

Selected to represent Robson Hall at the Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg - Corporate Securities Moot, Toronto, ON - 2008 / 2009



Amateur Boxing, Percussionist / Drummer, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, Surfing