James L. McDonald

James L. McDonald is a Partner in Cunningham Swan’s Litigation group.
He acquired his J.D. from Queen’s University in 2008 after studying Philosophy and Political Science at Huron University College and the University of Western Ontario in 2004. Today, James regularly provides advice and direction to Cunningham Swan’s clients who are considering a lawsuit or defending actions. He keeps close ties to the community as a Trustee of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston and member of the Frontenac Law Association.

An advocate by nature, James has a litigation practice that includes a broad spectrum of municipal, corporate, commercial and contractual disputes. He appears regularly before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and has experience at the Ontario Court of Appeal and various administrative tribunals. Specifically, James can support clients in the following matters:

  • Municipal zoning and by-law litigation
  • Municipal contract and construction litigation
  • Commercial lease terminations and enforcement
  • All manner real property litigation
    • Vesting Orders
    • Adverse possession claims
    • Prescriptive easements
  • Construction disputes and liens
  • Contract disputes
  • Fiduciary and shareholder disputes
  • Negligence and tort claims
  • Personal injury, LTD, accident benefits and other insurance claims

On the weekend, James can be found woodworking and experimenting with new materials and techniques. Often, this is followed by him wrapping duct tape around a new cut.

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  • B.A.H.
    Huron University College
    Class of 2004
  • J.D.
    Queen's University
    Class of 2008


  • Frontenac Law Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston

Community Involvement

  • Trustee of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston
  • Retired member of Kingston’s Canadian Forces Naval Reserve Division, HMCS Cataraqui
  • Past Member and Director of the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston
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