I care deeply about my clients and work, and I understand the challenges faced by entrepreneurs, non-profit governance and individuals facing an uphill battle. Specifically, I understand that in corporate, non-profit and political decision making, there is the best choice, and the choices available based on the constraints of reality, like budgets, capacity and timelines. I try to identify those constraints and provide service that best protects and advances my client’s interests within the limits of those constraints.
I’ve experienced firsthand that the size of an institution, a lawyer’s age, the letters behind their name, and the price of their hours do not necessarily lead to high quality legal services, and believe that how a firm manages its resources (human, intangible and tangible) is essential to a positive client experience. That’s why I founded macushlaw – I didn’t want to sit around waiting for the industry to change, I wanted to be a driver of that change.
Like many of our lawyers, I also am engaged with a few entrepreneurial and charitable endeavours on the side. I operate a small office-share designed specifically for small firms and sole practitioners looking to reduce overhead but maintain access to a professional quality, yet modern, law office, called 253 Columbia.
I am a founding board member of the BGuiled Debate Society, which runs an annual comedic legal debate donating the proceeds of its event to Indigenous HIPPY, and initiative of the Mothers Matter Centre aimed at fostering education and emotional connection between urban Indigenous parents and their children.
When I’m not hard at work, you can find me hacking on a local golf course, playing guitar or out in the mountains with my kitted 2000 Land Rover Discovery named ‘Fitz’ (@thefitzrover). I’m always happy to take my friends, colleagues and clients out for a rip in the truck.
*James is licensed to practice in both British Columbia and the Yukon.