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James Manson, Associate

Direct Tel: 416-203-9820
Fax: 416-203-9444
E-Mail: jmanson@fernandeshearn.com

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Transportation Law and litigation
  • Insurance coverage litigation
  • Insurance defence litigation


James Manson joined Fernandes Hearn LLP in 2014. He has represented clients in Canada and the United States in and before the provincial courts of British Columbia and Ontario, as well as the Federal Court of Canada.

Mr. Manson’s practice is devoted to commercial and insurance-related litigation, with a focus on all aspects of transportation law. Prior to his arrival, he spent five years at another boutique Toronto litigation firm where he maintained a general commercial and civil litigation practice and gained a wealth of experience in complex product liability matters as well as numerous insurance coverage and defence matters.

Mr. Manson spent his first year in practice at a well-known litigation boutique in Vancouver, British Columbia, after completing his articles at the Ottawa offices of a major national firm.

Mr. Manson attended law school at Queen’s University, where he was placed on the Dean’s Honour List and was the recipient of the Reuben Wells Leonard Prize in International Trade and Investment Law, and the Carswell Prize in Property Law. He also obtained a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, majoring in political science and Mandarin language studies, and a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the University of Manitoba.

He is conversant in both French and Mandarin.

In his spare time, Mr. Manson is an avid golfer, curler, sailor and SCUBA diver. An accomplished classical musician, Mr. Manson is also Principal Oboe of Orchestra Toronto, a well-known community-based symphony orchestra.

Education and Qualifications

  • Admitted to the New York State Bar 2010
  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar 2008
  • Queen’s University, LL.B. 2007
  • McGill University, B.A. 2004
  • University of Manitoba, B.Mus 1999


“A ‘Bankrupt’ Defence”: Douglas v. Stan Ferguson Fuels Ltd., Fernandes Hearn LLP Newsletter (November 2014)

“One Claim, Two Arrests? No Dice: Westshore Terminals Limited Partnership v. Leo Ocean S.A.”, Fernandes Hearn LLP Newsletter (October 2014)

“Great West Life held liable for acts of fraud committed by agent: Mignault v. Palmer”, Covered: The Quarterly Newsletter for Policyholders and Brokers (Summer 2014)

“Great American Insurance ordered to pay over $239,000 in denial of coverage case: Precidio Design Inc. v. Great American Insurance Co.”, Covered: The Quarterly Newsletter for Policyholders and Brokers (Spring 2014)

Contra Preferentem v. Reasonable Expectations: Onex Corp. v. American Home Assurance Co.”, Covered: The Quarterly Newsletter for Policyholders and Brokers (Fall 2013)

“Muscutt Revisited: Van Breda v. Village Resorts Ltd.”, Canadian International Lawyer 8:2 (2010)

“Benefit Programs – Wynberg v. Ontario: Targeting Health Care”, The Federated Press Charter and Human Rights Litigation Journal 13:2 (2006)