James P. Parker


E: jparker@nst.ca
T: 604.628.8489

James P. Parker is a skilled communicator and deep thinker, with a strong ability to identify practical questions and solutions to problems.  In his general commercial litigation practice, he advocates fiercely for his clients, and makes crucial contributions to fact and legal analysis on files of all levels of complexity.  He has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, and assisted with matters before the Supreme Court of Canada.

  • Clerk to Madam Justice Garson and Mr. Justice Fitch of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia (2016/2017)
  • British Columbia Bar, 2018
  • J.D., University of Victoria, 2016
  • Certificate from Georgetown Law’s Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London, U.K., 2016
  • M.A.T.S., Regent College, 2014
  • B.A., University of Southern California, 2004
  • Class prizes in Advanced Taxation and International Investment Law, as well as end-of-year awards for outstanding academic performance and contributions to the law school and community life.
Community Involvement
  • Board member and Secretary for JustWork Economic Initiative (2018-2020).
Cases of Interest
  • Six Factor Professional Services Ltd. v Aquilini Investment Group Limited Partnership, 2020 BCSC 127
    Together with partner Karen L.M. Carteri, James achieved success for the plaintiff Six Factor at summary trial in a dispute relating to a service agreement to procure and install Google software licences and allegations of negligent misrepresentation. The decision is under appeal.
  • Lonking (China) Machinery Sales Co. Ltd. v Zhao, 2019 BCSC 1110
    James and partner Stephen R. Schachter, Q.C., successfully defended a summary trial application brought by the plaintiff Chinese corporation seeking to enforce Chinese judgments in British Columbia. At issue is whether the defendants had notice of Chinese actions in which default judgments were issued against them. The application judge agreed with the defendants that there were significant conflicts in the evidence and issues of credibility that made the matter unsuitable for summary trial. The matter proceeds to trial in 2021.
  • Pirani v Pirani, 2020 BCSC 974
    James assisted partners Peter R. Senkpiel and Stephen R. Schachter, Q.C. in this case involving allegations of breach of trust arising from the winding up of four family trusts that held significant hotel properties in BC and the United States. The trial lasted four weeks and involved over 13 days of cross-examination by Mr. Senkpiel. In a judgment released June 30, 2020, the trustees were found to have acted in bad faith and to have breached their fiduciary duties. Disgorgement was ordered.
  • Antrim Investments Ltd. et al v. Li, (BCSC 2018)
    Together with partner Karen L.M. Carteri, James achieved a successful resolution in 2018 immediately prior to trial for the plaintiff lenders in an action involving allegations of mortgage fraud, conversion, and unjust enrichment.

In addition to the above matters:

  • As co-counsel to the parent company for Freshii restaurants, James assisted partner Peter R. Senkpiel to successfully obtain an injunction preventing a Freshii franchisee from operating a non-compliant restaurant.
  • Along with Stephen R. Schachter, Q.C., James was co-counsel to the defendant in a contract dispute relating to the dissolution of a prominent law firm partnership.
Publications and Presentations
  • CLE BC Evidence chapter, 2018 to present