James Plotkin


Professions: Lawyer

Certifications: Q.Arb (pending)

Languages: English; French

Caza Saikaley LLP
Ottawa, ON

Practice Areas

Commercial arbitration (domestic/international), commercial litigation, IP litigation (copyright; trademark; trade secret), administrative/public law, procurement disputes.

Professional Experience

James’ practice focuses on commercial and intellectual property arbitration and litigation. He has argued before all levels of Court in Canada and participated in domestic and international commercial arbitrations. He has also acted as counsel and arbitrator in domain name disputes under both the CDRP and UDRP (.ca; .com; .net).

James has written extensively on commercial arbitration and intellectual property matters (see publications section). He recently co-authored The International Commercial Arbitration Legislation of British Columbia: A Commentary (Thomson Reuters) and is also co-authoring a commentary on Ontario’s domestic and international arbitration legislation. He has delivered several lectures (CBA; IPIC; Osgoode Hall Law School; County of Carleton Law Association etc.) on arbitration, IP and public law topics.

In his spare time, James assists in coaching the University of Ottawa’s Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team and sits as an arbitrator at the moot.

Academic Qualifications

  • TCAS Gold Standard Course in Arbitration – Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society 2020 – 2021
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) Law and Technology – University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, 2014 – 2015
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) Cum Laude – University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, 2012 – 2013
  • Legum Licentiatus (LL.L.) Cum Laude – University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, 2009 – 2012
  • D.E.C. – Music (Jazz guitar with specialization in composition/arranging) – Vanier College, Montreal, Quebec, 2005 – 2009


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