James C. Tory

James C. Tory

Toronto: 416.865.7391
Fax 416.865.7380


BA (Law), 1979
Oxford University
BA (Honours), 1977
University of Toronto
LLB, 1981
University of Toronto

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1983


James practises litigation and dispute resolution, specializing in corporate/commercial matters and with a particular focus on shareholder and boardroom disputes. He has substantial experience in all levels of court, in the Ontario Securities Commission, and in commercial arbitrations and mediations. Jim is a former member of the firm's Executive Committee. 


Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in litigation, Ontario (2016-2022)

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys—Litigation Star (Commercial, Securities) (2018-2021)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in bet-the-company litigation, corporate and commercial litigation, international arbitration and securities law (2006-2022)

Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate commercial litigation (2009-2018) and securities litigation (2018)

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in litigation - corporate commercial; litigation - directors’ & officers’ liability; litigation - securities (2008-2021); class actions (2014-2020); commercial arbitration (2017-2019); professional liability (2011, 2013-2017)

Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in Ontario in dispute resolution (2008-2015)

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Leading lawyer in commercial litigation (2008-2015)

Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate commercial and securities (2012-2013)

Which lawyer?—Recommended lawyer in Ontario in dispute resolution (2009-2012)

Real Time News’ LawDay—Leading lawyer in directors and officers liability, and corporate law (2009)

Practical Law Company’s Cross-Border Dispute Resolution Handbook—Leading practitioner in dispute resolution (2008-2009)



Professional Involvement

James is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of The Advocates' Society. He is a frequent speaker on corporate securities law and litigation and arbitration practice at conferences organized by the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Institute and Federated Press.

James is a member of the editorial board of, and a contributor to, the Federated Press's quarterly Corporate Litigation. In addition, he is also a former instructor and team leader at the Osgoode Hall Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop.


Memberships and Affiliations

James is a member of The Advocates' Society.