James received a Bachelor of Social Science (B.Soc.Sci) and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Ottawa. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1992.

James practices civil litigation with a focus on the defence of insurers and insured persons. He has extensive litigation and trial experience in actions for personal injury, accident benefits, disability claims, property damage and disputes between insurers.

James recently retired after serving for 38 years as member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves and proudly continues his association with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment). He has been awarded the Canada Decoration and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.