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The Honourable James B. Chadwick, Q.C

Currently a mediator, arbitrator and facilitator with Ottawa Dispute Resolution Group.

Appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario, High Court of Justice on June 7, 1988. Following the merger in 1990 of the Supreme Court of Ontario with the County and District Courts, was reassigned to the Eastern Region.
Was Regional Senior Justice for Eastern Ontario from December 1994 until June 2000; also served as acting Regional Senior Regional Justice for other periods.
During his years on the bench was involved in many complex commercial cases, personal injury, employment law, insolvency, and construction law cases.

Practice of Law

Prior to his appointment practiced law with the Ottawa firm of Burke-Robertson from 1964 until 1988. Practice included personal injury, insurance law, commercial law, construction law and employee law. Appeared in all level of courts and tribunals in Ontario as well as in the Federal Court of Canada and Supreme Court of Canada.


  • B.A. - St. Francis Xavier University, 1959
  • LL.B. - University of Ottawa, 1962
  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, Law Society of Upper Canada, April 1964

Professional Activities

  • Member of the ADR Institute of Ontario.
  • Elected a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1975 and re-elected in three subsequent elections.
  • Served continuously as a Bencher from 1975 until his appointment to the Supreme Court of Ontario, High Court of Justice, in June 1988.
  • While a bencher served on most standing committees of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
  • Served as Chairman of the following committees:
    • Discipline
    • Legal Aid
    • County and District Liaison Committee
    • Clinical Funding Special Funding Special Committee on Tariffs
    • 1985 March Special Lectures
  • Chairman Landlord and Tenant Advisory Bureau of Ottawa 1970-1971
  • Deputy Judge, Provincial Court, Civil Division 1976-1988
  • Member of the Arbitrators Institiute of Canada from 1983 to 1988
  • President Ontario Superior Court Judges Association 1994-1996
  • Completed the Harvard Mediation Course 1997
  • Appointed to the Canada Pension Appeals Board 2000

Community Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Council on Social Welfare 1973-1975
  • Member, Council of the Ottawa Board of Trade - 1973-1975
  • Member, Canadian Council on Social Welfare, Special Committee on Property Law 1971-1975
  • Member, Board of Directors, Better Business Bureau of Ottawa 1970-1975
  • President and Founding Member, Credit Counseling Service of Ottawa 1969-1975
  • Founding Member Big Brothers Association of Ottawa - 1969-1971
  • Former Governor of Algonquin Community College

Academic Activities

  • Presentation of paper on mediation and case management to federally appointed Judges across Canada, as well as to judges in a number of foreign jurisdictions.
  • Presentation of paper on Pecuniary Damages to Canadian Judges between 1996 and 1998.
  • Lecturer to newly appointed Federal Judges, on conducting settlement conferences.
  • Judicial Sabbatical at the University of Ottawa from Sept 2001 to April 2002 teaching a course and involving students in settlement conferences of civil actions.
  • Part time professor University of Ottawa, Common Law, 1984-1986
  • Teacher of Business Law course at Algonquin College 1965-1975
  • Lecturer Law Society Bar Admission COurse 1975-1987
  • Presenter of numerous papers at County of Carleton Educational programs


  • Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D) presented by The Law Society of Upper Canada at the July 14, 2004 Convocation, in Ottawa.
  • Charter Inductee University of Ottawa Honour Society, September 2003.
  • Recipient of the Carleton Medal from the County of Carleton Law Association 1997
  • Appointed a Fellow, American College of Trail Lawyers 1987
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel 1977
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