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 9 years 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.

When James is not at the office he enjoys Amateur Boxing, Percussionist / Drummer, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding and Surfing.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law


LL.B. University of Manitoba, 2010
Bachelor of applied justice studies – Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB

Professional Involvement/Achievements
Canadian Bar Association
Manitoba Bar Association
Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba
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

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