JAMES CUMING, Calgary Personal Injury, Class Action and Medical Negligence Lawyer

Jamie obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary in 1991 and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta in 1994. Jamie joined the firm in 1995 and has been a Managing Partner since 2000.

Jamie’s practice consists of serious personal injury claims, industrial incidents, class actions, slip and fall injuries and medical negligence claims.

Jamie is co-Lead Counsel in the Alberta Government’s claim against manufacturers of tobacco for health care costs incurred by the Government of Alberta as a result of tobacco related disease.

Jamie has been continuously listed since 2009 in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Practitioner in Alberta in the area of Personal Injury, and is consistently and repeatedly listed in the Best Lawyers in Canada® in the areas of personal injury and class actions. Both of these honours were voted on by fellow Canadian lawyers. Jamie was also recognized as Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in Canada.

Jamie received the President’s Award from the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association for distinguished contributions to the profession, community and advancement of the law.

Jamie has successfully resolved hundreds of cases both outside and within our Court process. Highlights of his resolved cases include involvement as Plaintiff’s counsel and co-counsel in Trials with awards in excess of $1.5 million dollars, certifying the first class action in Alberta, and successfully resolving the first national class action based in Alberta.

He has appeared before the Alberta court of Appeal, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, and Alberta Provincial Court, and has participated in over a hundred Judicial and private mediations.

Jamie speaks regularly at conferences and continuing legal education seminars on issues involved in personal injury litigation, insurance, maximizing damages and other topics. Jamie graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in 1994, was the first Associate in the firm and has been a managing partner since 2000.

Jamie is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Trial Lawyers, Past President of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, a Governor of the American Association for Justice (formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association), as well as being a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Calgary Bar Association and Law Society of Alberta, as well as serving 3 terms on the Alberta Auto Insurance Rate Board.

Jamie is dedicated to helping injured individuals and their families navigate the legal system. He understands how important it is for people to have skilled and compassionate legal counsel as they try to piece their lives back together after. Jamie is devoted to being a strong advocate and helping injured individuals receive fair compensation.

Jamie enjoys playing golf and spending time with his daughter, as well as following her golf.


“I recommend James Cuming and his team unreservedly. His finesse during mediation was particularly impressive. If you are looking for a highly skilled and compassionate lawyer for personal injury, look no further!”

– S.R

“Thanks for all your help James. The best number 1 law firm in Calgary for sure.”

– K.P.

Media Appearances: Legal Commentary & Criminal Law Analysis

Trial delays in personal injury disputes add insult to injury

Lawyers say that delays across Canada make a mockery of access to justice for plaintiffs and defendants.

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Canadian Lawyer Magazine: More Than a Payout

The winners [of Canadian Lawyer's 2019-20 Top 10 Personal Injury Boutiques] who spoke with Canadian Lawyer talked about goals that go beyond successful judgments and financial compensation.

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