Heelan James

James J. Heelan Q.C.


Commercial/Securities Litigation, Employment and Professional Negligence Lawyer at Bennett Jones Edmonton

T: 780.917.4275

James Heelan has extensive experience in a broad range of litigation and regulatory matters. His practice has a particular focus on:

  • Corporate/Commercial disputes;
  • Representation of financial institutions and investment advisors;
  • Employment matters; and
  • Professional negligence matters with a particular emphasis on representing physicians.

James has appeared before all levels of courts in Alberta and courts in several other provinces. He has also appeared before various arbitration panels, public inquiries and regulatory bodies, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, Securities Commissions, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the Mutual Funds Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) and the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

As a former managing partner of the Edmonton office of Bennett Jones, James brings considerable management experience and a business perspective to client issues.

He serves as a Governor of the University of Alberta, is a Director of the Friends of the Jubilee Auditoria and a Director with the Tour of Alberta (Alberta Peloton Association). He is a former Director with Covenant Health, a former Governor of Newman Theological College and is a former director of Prospects Literacy Association.

He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2005.

Select Experience

  • TerraPro Group Inc., an Alberta-based provider of environmental, terrain protection and remote access solutions, in connection with its reorganization pursuant to a plan of arrangement and concurrent refinancing Read more
  • Acted on behalf of an Alberta based oilfield services company with operations in North American and the Middle East, in connection with its US$26 million disposition of its business and operating assets to a US-based strategic buyer.
  • A private equity firm, in completing a strategic bolt-on acquisition to an existing portfolio company in its fund with a value of $6 million

Recent Publications

Blog Posts

Recent Recognitions

  • 2016, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    James J. Heelan Q.C., repeatedly recommended, Litigation - Corporate Commercial
  • 2016, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    James J. Heelan Q.C., repeatedly recommended, Medical Negligence - Represents Defendants
  • 2015, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    James J. Heelan Q.C., consistently recommended, Litigation - Corporate Commercial

News & Speaking Engagements