James Reynolds Associate Counsel

Jim Reynolds

Phone: 604.681.4146
Fax: 604.681.0959
Email: jim@mandellpinder.com

Professional Summary

Professional Summary

Jim Reynolds acts primarily for Aboriginal clients. He is the General Counsel for the Musqueam Indian Band and has acted for the Band for over 30 years. He also acts for other First Nations and other clients.

Jim graduated from the London School of Economics with a LLB and Ph.D. and, after teaching at the London School of Economics for a few years, subsequently qualified as a Barrister in England and as a Barrister and Solicitor in British Columbia. He has practised for over 30 years mainly in the areas of Aboriginal, commercial and real estate law.

He has acted for clients in major litigation advancing Aboriginal rights, including the Guerin, Sparrow and Haida cases.  He has also acted for clients in many economic development projects and negotiated and documented many major transactions, including the Musqueam Reconciliation Agreement with the Province in 2008. He has been repeatedly listed as a leading practitioner in Aboriginal law in the L’expert Survey and Best Lawyers in Canada.

His academic activities have included teaching at the London School of Economics and the University of British Columbia and he is a frequent speaker at professional conferences. He has numerous publications, including articles in the Advocate, the Modern Law Review, the Canadian Bar Review, the UBC Law Review, the Banking and Finance Law Review, the National Banking Law Review, and Euromoney. His book A Breach of Duty – Fiduciary Obligations and Aboriginal Peoples was published in 2005.

Publications & Presentations

Publications & Presentations

“Doing Business with First Nations – Legal Update and Best Business Practices” in Insight Information, Negotiation and Drafting Major Business Agreement, 2010.

“Further Fuddling of Fiduciary Obligations – Ermineskin v. Canada” in Pacific Business and Law Institute, Litigating Aboriginal Claims, 2010.

“Using Trusts to Resolve Overlap Issues Among First Nations” in Canadian Bar Association, Overlapping Territorial Claims: Models For Dispute Resolution, 2009.

“The Spectre of Spectra: The Evolution of the Crown’s Fiduciary Obligations to Aboriginal Peoples since Delgamuukw” in Maria Morelatto (ed.), Aboriginal Law Since Delgamuukw (Aurora, Ont.: Canada Law Book, 2009).

“The Beauty of Compromise: The Musqueam Reconciliation Agreement” in Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Aboriginal Law Conference 2008.

“Sir Thomas More, The Lawyer: A Man of His Season” (2007) The Advocate 639.

Book Review, Leonard I. Rotman, Fiduciary Law (2006) 39 U.B.C. Law Review 239.

A Breach of Duty: Fiduciary Obligations and Aboriginal Peoples (Saskatoon: Purich Publishing, 2005).

“The Impact of the Guerin case on Aboriginal and Fiduciary Law” (2005) 63 The Advocate 365.

“Aboriginal Title to Sea Spaces: A Comparative Study” (2004) 37 U.B.C. Law Review 449 (with C. Rebecca Brown).

“Recent Developments In Aboriginal Law In The United States, Australia And New Zealand – Lessons For Canada?” (2004) 62 The Advocate 59, 177.

“A Reply To ‘In Defence of Chippewas of Sarnia Band v. Canada’” (2003) 82 Can. Bar Rev. 122.

“Setting The World Right: Tom Berger’s Life In The Law”, (2003) 61 The Advocate 221.

“Taking And Enforcing Security Under the Indian Act and Self-Government Legislation”, (2002) 18 Banking & Finance Law Review 37.

“Aboriginal Title: The Chippewas of Sarnia“, (2002) 81 Canadian Bar Review 97.


Other Activities

Public Legal Education Society of British Columbia, (director 1983-1997) (Vice Chairman 1986-1988), (Chairman 1988-1990).

Member of the Editorial Board, “Banking and Finance Law Review”, Carswell Legal Publications, 1986–2005.

Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association, Director, 1990  1998, President 1997-1998.

International Palm Society, Director, 1998  2002.

Glen Eden Centre for children and youth with disabilities, Director 1999- 2001.

Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver – Burnaby Branch, Director: 2002 – 2008, President: 2004 – 2006.

Honorary Legal Advisor, Vancouver-Singapore Club, 1998 to present.


Ph.D. (Law) London School of Economics, 1970

LL.B. (First Class Hons.) London School of Economics, 1967

Professional Standing & Affiliations

Member, Law Society of B.C.