James R. White, P.Eng.*

An engineer for nine years before beginning his legal career, Jim White has been practicing as a construction lawyer in Vancouver with a primary emphasis on engineering and construction disputes among project participants. These often involve tendering, builders liens, extra work, deficiencies, delay and impact costs, fee claims, as well as allegations of defective design, construction and inspection services. Jim has acted as a mediator and an arbitrator in construction disputes, and as counsel in both.

Jim also has an active practice in professional discipline, defending design professionals in discipline proceedings. Shareholder disputes are another area of focus, having acted for clients in several “corporate divorces”. These disputes often involve oppression remedy claims, derivative actions and court-ordered share sales.

As a construction engineer and estimator, Jim began his career with Peter Kiewit Sons. Project assignments included the La Grande Hydro-electric project in Quebec, Toronto’s subway, BC’s Quintette Coal, Vancouver’s Skytrain, Science World and BC Hydro’s Site “C” design project. In addition, Jim has worked in the geotechnical field, in subsurface investigations and pile-driving projects throughout BC, Ontario, Alberta and Alaska.

Professional Activities & Memberships

Jim White lectures to UBC engineering students and to many industry groups on construction law and the engineering profession, including lectures on builders liens for the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC. He is a past chair and member of the Construction Law section of the Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch.

Jim is a co-author of CLE’s British Columbia Builders Liens Practice Manual and the past editor of Skylines, the Canadian Bar Association’s Construction Law magazine.

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Contact Information

Areas of Practice

Education and Year of Call

  • Called to the Bar of British Columbia 1991
  • LL.B., University of British Columbia 1990
  • P. Eng., British Columbia 1981
  • B.Sc. (Civil Engineering), Queens University 1978