James D.G. Douglas

Senior Counsel


Jim’s practice focuses on securities litigation and regulation, including shareholder disputes, shareholders’ class actions, M&A litigation, broker liability suits, regulatory proceedings, criminal prosecutions and related internal investigations.

Jim also provides representation in general commercial disputes, including contract disputes, debtor/creditor rights, commercial torts and energy market litigation.

Within BLG, Jim is the national leader of our Securities Litigation Group and the co-chair of our Investigations and White Collar Defence Group.

Jim was Senior Investigation Counsel at the OSC in 1989-90. He was also the Litigation Manager for the Enforcement Branch of the OSC in 1996-97. Both positions were secondments from BLG.


  • YBM Magnex International Inc. et al. – represented one of the respondent’s directors in OSC proceeding, and related sharedholders’ class action. 
  • IAMGold Corporation – represented applicant in oppression claim.
  • Helix BioPharma – represented the company in proxy fight.
  • Research in Motion – represented senior executive in options back-dating regulatory investigation and related shareholder litigation.
  • ABCP – represented securities dealer in regulatory investigation into collapse of asset-backed commercial paper market.
  • IIROC v. TD Securities Inc. et al. – represented securities industry self-regulatory organization in disciplinary hearing, involving market rules. 
  • Magna International Inc. v. Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board et al. – represented institutional shareholders in regulatory and civil proceedings regarding collapse of dual class share structure.
  • IIROC v. Northern Securities – represented securities industry self-regulatory organization in disciplinary hearing.
  • OSC v. Agueci et al. – represented respondent in regulatory proceedings alleging illegal insider trading and tipping.
  • NUGS v. OEFC – represented various applicants in proceedings against OEFC in respect of rate escalator under non-utility generator contracts.
  • Bankruptcy of MF Global Canada Co. – represented the trustee in claim by Friedberg Mercantile Group Ltd.
  • Liquidation of LWP Capital Inc. – represented the liquidator in inventory valuation dispute.
  • First Leaside Securities Inc. – represented Canadian Investor Protection Fund in customer claims against compensation fund. 
  • Nortel – represented senior officer in civil and regulatory proceedings
  • Knowledge House Inc. – represented director in civil, regulatory and criminal proceedings. 
  • Hurst v. PWC – represented defendant in class action.
  • Fischer v. AIC et al. – represent one of the fund companies in market timing class action.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, The Advocates' Society

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Litigation: Securities Ontario). 
  • Recognized in Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Ontario).
  • Recognized in 2021 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Litigation — Corporate Commercial, Litigation — Directors' and Officers' Liability, Litigation – Securities).
  • Recognized in the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, Directors' and Officers' Liability Litigation).
  • Recognized in the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (Litigation - Corporate Commercial).
  • Recognized in the 2021 (and since 2020) of Lexpert Special Edition: Energy
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation
  • Recognized as a leading litigator in the Lexpert®/Report on Business Litigation Special Edition.
  • Recognized as a 2019 Acritas Star
  • Recognized in Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Ontario" and a "Litigation Star: Securities".
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Securities Law).
  • Recipient of the Ontario Bar Association 2019 President’s Award.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 1981
  • LLB, University of Toronto, 1979
  • BA in Economics, University of Toronto, 1976