Louise James

p: (416) 360-2889
e: LJames@GenestMurray.ca
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p: (416) 360-2870
e: OUrrego@GenestMurray.ca


Louise James was called to the Bar in 2004.  She has appeared as counsel at the Superior Court of Ontario, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and at boards of arbitration.  Her practice focuses on commercial and casualty-related matters, such as personal injury and product liability.

Louise is a successful trial lawyer.  She has developed an expertise in the area of the duty to defend and indemnify, with several of her decisions reported in the Ontario Reports, CanLII and Quicklaw.  She has been a speaker at the annual OBA insurance defence conference since 2011.  Louise joined Genest Murray LLP as an Associate in 2008 after practicing for two and a half years at another insurance defence firm in Toronto.  She articled at a full service firm in Toronto.  In her spare time, Louise plays and coaches soccer, and volunteers in her neighbourhood of Mount Dennis


  • Called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada, 2004
  • University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, LL.B, 2003
  • University of Toronto, Trinity College, B.A. in Political Science, French Linguistics and Caribbean Studies

Publications & Presentations

  • “Case Commentary on Mustapha v. Culligan of Canada Ltd.”
  • Papapetrou  and the Duty to Defend”
  • “Indemnity and Save Harmless Clauses: A Case Comment on the Superior Court of Justice’s Decision in Harris v. Memorial Boys’ and Girls’ Club Inc.”


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Toronto Lawyer’s Association
  • The Advocate’s Society
  • Black Female Lawyers Network