James Anderson, M.A., J.D.
Ethically ambitious lawyer
Being an ethically ambitious lawyer, means much more than just being "ethical". It requires continual assessment and reassessment of one's ethics, with the goal of improving and strengthening one's ethics and professionalism. It requires one to be vigilant to never settle for what is easiest or to let your convictions slide. Trust, honesty, and confidence are qualities that you can expect from me as your advocate.
Established relations with a broad network of legal experts
I have established relations with a broad network of experts in family law, civil litigation, wills & estate planning, and immigration law. By leveraging this network of experts with my strong research skills and analytical capacity, I am able to provide high-level legal services in a small, client-focused firm.
Communication is important in maintaining a strong working relationship. You can expect a response from me usually within 1 to 2 business days.
Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, I have made Ottawa my home for over a decade for university and then to start my career. I received my Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) from the University of Ottawa and my Master of Arts from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in 2012. I was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2014.
Before beginning my legal career, I worked with UNESCO in Bangkok, Thailand, where I researched human rights in the context of HIV/AIDS in Southeast Asia among vulnerable high-risk populations. Following that opportunity, I worked for Citizenship and Immigration Canada for two years, where I focused on health operational policies, quality assurance, and risk management.
In both my academic and professional life, I am a strong supporter of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) rights, both here in Ottawa and around the world. I have spoken at international conferences on SOGI Rights and HIV prevention, both here in Canada (Quebec City and Toronto), as well as abroad (Thailand and Indonesia). I have published several articles in peer-reviewed journals. I am also a member of the Safe Landing Fund, a not-for-profit association in Ottawa that helped sponsor and resettle a gay Syrian refugee.
When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, especially in Asia, and love learning new languages. I am functionally bilingual, and I have conversational level Spanish and Japanese. I enjoy graphic design and playing piano. I have also completed the annual MS Bike Ride four times so far, where my team cycled from Ottawa to Cornwall and back (about 200km round trip over two days) raising money for Multiple Sclerosis. I look forward to doing it again!
As a licensee of the Law Society of Ontario, I stand by the following principles:
A recognition of the diversity of the Ontario public;
A recognition that the Law Society is committed to inclusive legal workplaces in Ontario, a reduction of barriers created by racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism, unconscious bias, and discrimination;
My responsibility as a member of the legal profession is to protect the dignity of all individuals, and to respect human rights laws in force in Ontario; and
An acknowledgement of my obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally and in my behaviour towards colleagues, employees, clients and the public.
In both my professional life and my personal life, I make an effort to support various communities. Each year I collect and donate Christmas gifts for foster children through the Elgin Street Courthouse Angel Program each year, I provide a free legal information clinic for LGBT youth here in Ottawa, and I offer reduced rates for wills and estate planning for people living with HIV/AIDS. I have been a regular participant in the Canadian Cancer Society's Free Will Month, and a member of the Canadian Free Wills Network since 2018. In my personal life, I am a member of an organization that sponsored the resettlement of a gay refugee here in Ottawa, and I raise money for Multiple Sclerosis through participating in the annual MS Bike Ride from Ottawa to Cornwall.
Fred Litwin, Ottawa, Sep. 10, 2014
"James did a great job and was a pleasure to work with. He was always prepared and was punctual."
Randolph Herald, Ottawa, Dec. 8, 2014
"James, thank you so very much for you efficiency, guidance and support throughout this process. I have appreciated your entire approach and your professionalism. I will not hesitate to pass your name along to friends."
Ronalee Carey Law, Ottawa, Feb. 17, 2015
"James is an exceptionally talented, professional lawyer for whom I can count on to provide quality research."
M. Hess, Jul. 7, 2015
"Hard working, professional (e.g., ethical, transparent, explains things clearly, readily available via email), reasonable fees, pleasant personality, easy to communicate with, and is a socially responsible individual."
Dr. Jatinder Mehta, USA, Nov. 22, 2017
"Mr. Anderson will do what is in the best interest of his client and will work selflessly to go out on his own to seek a better solution, if it exists, for the client. Being a US citizen having no idea how things work in transferring a real estate property in Canada I really feel lucky to connect with him to guide me through the entire process during which I felt I had the right guy helping me throughout. I will recommend him to anyone in a heart beat."