Jim Monier-Williams, B.A., M.A., J.D.*
Legal Education: University of Victoria
Legal Assistant: Carey Davies
What do you do?
I maintain a general practice focusing on family law, personal injury law, civil litigation, and wills and estate planning. I act for clients in a number of different ways, ranging from simply advising and consulting with them on certain discrete aspects of their matter, to representing them in mediation and settlement meetings, to representing them in court proceedings.
What are your strengths?
One of my main strengths is analytical thinking. There are a number of ways this impacts my law practice. One of the primary things I assist clients with is risk assessment. There are important questions that need to be asked in any litigation scenario: what are the range of potential outcomes? What are the outcomes that the client wants? What are the risks involved in unwanted outcomes? And importantly, what are the estimated costs involved in pursuing different courses of action? Analytical thinking also helps me see situations from different angles and assist clients in coming up with creative solutions to their problems.
I also feel that I am an effective communicator and that helps me determine what is really important to my clients. Communication is essential to everything we do as lawyers, be it advocacy in the courtroom or negotiations with other lawyers.
What are your recent accomplishments?
I recently argued a case successfully before the British Columbia Court of Appeal. After that appearance I have successfully represented clients at all levels of court in British Columbia.
What are you passionate about?
I’ve always been passionate about ideas. That’s why I studied philosophy and went on to do a masters degree in it. I love it when I come across some new idea in a book or through a discussion with a friend that really blows me away and opens up a new way of looking at things. I am always watching and listening for new ideas and new ways of doing and seeing things. I work with so many different people in my job that I get lots of opportunities to learn and open my mind.
Are you a member of any professional organizations?
I am a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Victoria Bar Association, and the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia. I have been called to the bar in British Columbia and Ontario.
*Operating under a law corporation