Meredith James
Meredith James

Senior Counsel

In her role as a lawyer at Woodward and Company, Meredith’s key areas of practice are environmental law, contract law, and resolving governance issues. She advises clients on environmental regulatory compliance, contaminated sites and spills, negotiation of complex agreements, contract administration, and dispute resolution.

Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Meredith joined the firm here in Victoria in 2019. Prior to this, her legal career spanned clerking for the Honourable Justice Denis Pelletier at the Federal Court of Appeal, working at one of the top five boutique environmental law firms in Canada and a leading international law firm, and acting as a solicitor for the City of Toronto.

Meredith earned a Juris Doctorate (with distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan. During her studies, she was the recipient of a number of awards, including the Alma Wiebe Prize in Dispute Resolution; Walter and Hertha Tucker Fellowship; Alastair M. Nicol Scholarship; McCarthy Tetrault Leadership Award; Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan Branch) Prize; and the Lorelle and David Schoenfeld Award in Environmental Law.

Meredith’s legal work is informed by her background as an environmental biologist and her interest in environmental and social justice, sustainable development, and the protection of wild places.


Meredith James


Assistant: Tyra Shupe


Professional Standing

Member, Law Society of British Columbia

Member, Law Society of the Northwest Territories

Member, Law Society of Yukon


Alma Wiebe Prize in Dispute Resolution (2010)

Walter and Hertha Tucker Fellowship (2010)

Alastair M. Nicol Scholarship (2009)

McCarthy Tetrault Leadership Award (2009)

Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan Branch) Prize (2009)

Lorelle and David Schoenfeld Award in Environmental Law (2009)