James R. Lane

Jim is a founding partner of the firm with over 25 years’ experience in practice as a litigator and provider of legal advice in the professional liability and insurance sectors.

Jim brings the skill, experience and commitment required help regulated professionals resolve or avoid legal problems in a cost effective way.

Jim has acted for accounting firms, individual accountants and their insurers for over 20 years. His clients also include professionals in the engineering, and financial services sectors as well as insurance underwriters, brokers and municipalities.

Jim acts for accountants, engineers and financial advisors in disciplinary and licensing matters and provides advice to professional firms on regulatory compliance and specialized contracts.  He practices commercial litigation, often defending regulated professionals under appointment by their liability insurers.

James graduated from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University in 1986 and from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1989. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1991.

Jim’s experience includes commercial litigation for clients facing claims under appointment by liability insurers, cases involving directors’ and officers’ liability, contract and business disputes, shareholder remedies, employment law, surety claims, financial institution liability, municipal liability and commercial fraud.

Examples from the accounting and financial services sectors:

  • Has defended over 100 accountants and CPA firms in lawsuits involving errors and omissions claims arising from a wide range of practice areas, including: assurance, compilation, tax, insolvency, wealth management, forensic investigation and other engagements
  • Extensive involvement in dealings with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, representing insurance providers, governing bodies and individual accountants. Cases have involved investigations, attendances before the Professional Conduct Committee, contested applications for admission and re-admission, defence of charges before the Discipline Committee, and appeals
  • Has represented victims of sophisticated commercial fraud, including the successful recovery of loss for corporation whose Chief Financial Officer misappropriated close to $2 million through a variety of concealed schemes
  • Successful recovery for group of investors from a major Canadian mutual fund dealer
  • Successful defence of insurance broker in multi-million-dollar claim
  • Routinely acts for insurers in respect of coverage matters and monitoring of complex litigation

Examples from the engineering, design and other sectors:

  • Has represented numerous professional engineers in the defence of liability claims alleging negligence in the design and development of large commercial properties
  • Has represented engineers in claims relating to the manufacturing, energy and mining sectors, as well as claims relating to earth works, water treatment facilities and the waterproofing and remediation of underground structures
  • Has represented municipalities and engineers in respect of claims relating to project tender
  • Has been involved in both prosecution and defence of professional misconduct charges before the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Represented the provincial electrical utility in an extended review of its operations and planning process

For further information on cases from these and other sectors, please contact Jim Lane.

  • Member of the Advocates’ Society
  • Member of the Ontario Bar Association
  • CBAO Insurance Law Executive (2000, 2001)
  • Appointed by Toronto City Council to the Heritage Toronto Board of Directors, July 2019
  • Legal Officer to the Board of Directors of Médecins Sans Frontières Canada 2009-2018
  • Past President of the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
  • Regular contributor of articles re professional liability and practice in Canadian Accountant Magazine online in 2017 through 2019
  • Role of the Investigator Prosecutor and Defence Counsel throughout the Regulatory Process, Presentation to the Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada, May 2019
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Legal Questions from CPAs, Presentation to the GTA Accountants’ Network, April 2019
  • Mediation, A Workshop for Professional Liability Claims Handlers, October 2018
  • Avoiding and Navigating the Discipline Process for CPAs, Presentation to Professional Staff of Collins Barrow Member Firms, June, 2014
  • Risk Management at the York District CA Association, February, 2014
  • Dealing with the Bank as a Financial Executive, November, 2013
  • Accountants’ Professional Liability and Risk Management at the York District CA Association, May 2012
  • Recent Trends in ICAO Compliance and Discipline at North York District CA Association, September 2011
  • Recent Trends in ICAO Compliance and Discipline at Halton District CA Association, May, 2011
  • Opinion and Expert Evidence at the Civil Litigation Conference hosted by Osgoode Hall Law School in October 2010
  • Regulatory Do’s and Don’ts as part of seminar entitled “Discover and Target Your Clients’ Top Priorities” hosted by Tcita Capital, September 2010
  • Expert Witness Issues at the Toronto Fraud Forum Conference hosted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and The Canadian Association of Special Investigation Units, September, 2010
  • Opinion and Expert Evidence at the Civil Litigation Conference hosted by Osgoode Hall Law School in September 2009
  • “James Lane is highly skilled professional. Care about his clients and provide prompt, efficient, honest and well informed services. Respond questions promptly and well explained. James services are highly recommended.”
  • “James Lane is a professional of consummate skill and ability. His effective representation in my case was above and beyond my expectations.”
  • “Jim represented me in a professional complaint made against me. He was very clear about what I should expect during the process which made going through it much easier. He was very strategic in his recommendations to me and ended up getting me a tremendous result.”
  • “I am a CA in public practice and have worked with many lawyers over the past 25 + years. James is one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with, Efficient, prompt, knowledgable and practical. Highly recommend his services !”
  • “I couldn’t have asked for a better advocate! He was totally honest, forthright, patient and understanding, not to mention that he knew his stuff. He ensured that nothing was left to chance, in that he covered every possible angle.”
  • “James skillfully advised how to articulate my defense.  He assisted with drafting and editing written responses, and was always available to answer any questions. He acted professionally and courteously and was able to obtain the most positive outcome possible.”
  • “Jim Lane provided an excellent outcome for my particular case. He was tenacious and very informed in the process. I had a bad experience with a previous counsel on the same matter, and Jim was a breath of fresh air. He kept me informed and always responded to my queries in a timely manner. His empathy for my predicament was genuine. I highly recommend his services.”