Asha James is a graduate of the University of Windsor Law School where she earned American (JD) and Canadian (LLB) law degrees. She completed her articles with Falconers LLP and was called to the bar of Ontario in June of 2009. During her articles, Asha assisted senior litigators in a number of complex cases and appeared before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board on behalf of a client. Since being called to the bar, Asha’s practice has centered around public interest litigation, with a strong focus on human rights, constitutional law, and access to justice. Asha has acted on a number of high profile hearings, including Smith v. The Attorney General of Canada et al, and Manon v. The Toronto Police Services Board et al. She has also acted as counsel in a number of hearings opposing wind developments near to residential dwellings (Drennan et al v. The Director, Ministry of the Environment et al).
Asha has appeared before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal, the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court of Appeal. Additionally, Asha has conducted a number of mediations while at Falconers LLP.
Asha is currently the Managing Associate at Falconers LLP and a sessional instructor at the University of Windsor Law School, where she teaches Torts and Advanced Torts courses. Asha has participated in a number of panels as a guest speaker on topics ranging from Police Accountability, Ontario’s Inquest System, and Environmental Law.