James A. Woods, Ad.E., is considered to be one of the best lawyers in Quebec and Canada. With over 40 years of experience in the fields of litigation and arbitration, he has pleaded before all instances of federal and Quebec and Ontario provincial tribunals, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. During his career, he also acted as arbitrator, either as president or member of a panel, in a large number of commercial and international files, both ad hoc and under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce.
James is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, of the Federation of Defence and Corporate Counsel and a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. The most trusted legal directories continue to list him among the top lawyers. Besides, he received honors bestowed on a select number of accomplished litigators. In 2020, he was inducted into Benchmark Litigation’s Hall of Fame, an award “only given to select lawyer(s) with a long, illustrious career with considerable achievements.” Best Lawyers named him the “Lawyer of the year” in “Bet-the-company litigation - Montreal” (2012), “Corporate and Commercial Litigation” (2013), “Bet-the-Company Litigation” (2016), “Alternative Dispute Resolution” (2017), “Director and Officer Liability Practice” (2019), “Appellate Practice” (2020) and “Legal Malpractice Law” (2021). In 2016, he was designated “Litigator of the Year” by Le Monde Juridique Magazine.
He has created and taught for nearly 30 years the McGill University Law Faculty’s Civil Litigation Workshop.
Representative cases include:
Updated March 2022