James Zibarras is a sought after trial and appellate lawyer.  He has practiced across Canada and in the U.S., and has extensive experience representing clients on a wide range of civil litigation matters.  James combines his broad litigation experience and detailed knowledge of the Court process to devise clear, efficient and cost-effective litigation strategies for his clients.  He is regularly invited to speak at law conferences on legal strategies and remedies.  For the past 14 years, James has taught trial and advocacy skills to hundreds of law students at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.  In 2012, James was appointed as a Deputy Judge of the Ontario Superior Court, where he presides on a part time basis.

James started his legal career in 1997 at one of Canada’s largest National firms.  In 2000, he moved to Palo Alto, California, where he practiced as a civil litigator with a U.S. headquartered international law firm.  In 2004, he rejoined the firm he began his legal career with, eventually becoming a partner there.  In 2008, he became one of the three founding partners of a litigation boutique, where he headed up the Civil Litigation department for 10 years.

James has acted on a broad range of cases including breach of contract, oppression remedy, sale of goods, employment, construction, insolvency and shareholder disputes.

James also has 20 years of experience pursuing remedies on behalf of victims of fraud.  During this time, he developed extensive expertise in handling urgent, extra-ordinary civil remedies, including Anton Piller orders (civil search and seizure), Norwich orders (third party document disclosure orders), Mareva injunctions (account and asset freezing orders) and Contempt orders.  These extra-ordinary remedies are particularly well suited to securing effective, quick and often decisive results in anti-fraud, anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy cases, as well as in insolvency, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of non-compete agreements and contractual disputes.

James has obtained some of the leading court decisions on extra-ordinary remedies and is regularly invited to speak at national and international anti-fraud conferences.

James has executed dozens of Anton Piller orders and has extensive experience acting as court appointed Independent Supervising Solicitors (“ISS”) for the execution of Anton Piller orders.

James is also regularly retained to pursue or defend appeals.  He is an experienced appellate lawyer who has argued dozens of cases before the Court of Appeal and is relied upon by clients to navigate the appeal process.

James regularly does pro-bono work, especially for victims of fraud, cyber attacks and cyber-bullying.