James Harnum is a member of the Pension and Employee Benefits Group.
Prior to joining Koskie Minsky, James completed his articles at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, where he clerked for Justices Eileen Gillese and Janet Simmons and the Associate Chief Justice of Ontario, Dennis O’Connor.
James received his J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he graduated in the top 2% of his class. While at law school, James summered at Ecojustice, a charitable organization that practices strategic environmental litigation. He also spent a term in the Workers’ Rights Division of Parkdale Community Legal Services, served as a research assistant to Sara Slinn, a labour law professor, and was a staff member at the Workers’ Action Centre in Downtown Toronto.
James assists unions, employees, pension plans and trustees in all aspects of pension and benefits administration and litigation. He also spends a significant portion of his time assisting employees of insolvent companies in recovering amounts owed to them, whether for wages, severance pay or post-retirement benefits. He has worked for the employees and retirees of numerous insolvent companies, including Nortel, Catalyst Paper Corporation, The Shaw Group Inc., and Hollinger Canadian Publishing Holdings.
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Ontario Bar Association
Member, Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
Osgoode Hall Law School
University of Toronto
Called to the Bar