James Early

Senior Counsel

112 – 4th Avenue SW, Suite 2100
Calgary, Alberta, T2P 0H3

Bar Admissions

  • Alberta, 2006
  • Northwest Territories, 2018


  • LL.B., Sheffield Hallam University, 2003

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of the Northwest Territories
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association

About Lawyer

James is a Senior Litigator at the Calgary office having joined Aviva Trial Lawyers at the beginning of 2019. Prior to this he was a senior litigation associate at Gowling WLG and, prior to that, had also been a partner at Parlee McLaws LLP. His area of practice is general insurance defence litigation with expertise and interest in personal injury, motor vehicle collisions, product liability, premises liability, social and commercial host liability and environmental liability.  James graduated from law school in the United Kingdom in 2003, and was called to the bar in in Alberta in 2006, and the Northwest Territories in 2018.  James has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, and has been lead counsel on several Queen’s Bench trials during his years as a litigator. He has a myriad of mediations and Judicial Dispute Resolutions under his belt, and prides himself on educating his clients to ensure that they understand, in plain English, the complexities of the litigation process.

Personal Interests

Outside of work, James is a volunteer coordinator at the Calgary Folk Music Festival, and has served on the Boards of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Friends of Kananaskis Country.