Jim Bunting is a partner in the Litigation group. He is a trial lawyer experienced in a diverse range of areas, including arbitration, class actions, franchise disputes, advertising and deceptive or unfair trade practice disputes, securities litigation, defamation, executive employment matters, misuse of confidential information claims and sports-related disputes.
Jim has been involved in a wide variety of complex trials and hearings. His experience includes a precedent-setting case involving deceptive advertising allegations made by the Commissioner of Competition, a landmark case before the International Court of Arbitration for Sport and a number of appeals involving challenges under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
In addition to his diverse commercial trial practice, Jim has extensive experience with sports-related matters. This includes representing athletes, coaches, agents, National Anti-Doping Agencies and International Federations in respect of a variety of issues, including doping infractions, allegations of discrimination, contractual claims, carding disputes, team selection appeals and disciplinary appeals. Jim served as the Athlete Ombudsperson to the Canadian Olympic Committee during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and clerked with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
Jim is consistently named one of Canada’s leading litigators by legal directories. His recognitions include being named in the Report on Business/Lexpert special edition Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers, in Chambers Canada as an up-and-coming lawyer in Dispute Resolution and in Benchmark Canada as a Litigation Star in Class Actions, Commercial Litigation and Securities. In 2014, Jim was named as one of the Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 and in 2016 he received Lexpert’s Zenith Award in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in society through his pro bono work with athletes.