James Bunting



Tel: +1 647 519 6607


Bar Admissions: Ontario, 2003

Practice Areas:

  • Arbitration
  • Class Action Defence
    • Advertising & Consumer Claims
    • Appellate Litigation
    • Commercial Disputes
    • Competition & Anti-Trust Litigation
    • Defamation Claims
    • Directors & Officers Liability
    • Franchise Disputes
    • Leasing, Development & Management Disputes
    • Public Interest & Constitutional Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Privacy & Technology Disputes
  • Shareholder & Securities Disputes
  • Sports Disputes

Jim Bunting is a founding partner of Tyr LLP. Known for his bold approach as a trial lawyer, Jim represents clients on their most challenging issues.

Jim has been lead trial counsel in a number of complex and landmark cases. He is a skilled advocate and regularly represents large international companies in complex litigation, including Google, Freshii and Stingray.

Jim is consistently named one of Canada's leading litigators by legal directories. His recognitions include being named in the Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition—Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers, Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and in Benchmark Canada as a Litigation Star in Class Actions, Commercial Litigation and Securities.

Jim believes deeply in giving back to the community. He was awarded the 2016 Lexpert Zenith Award for Diversity & Inclusion to recognize his pro bono work with global athletes. He represented South African born, 800-metre Olympic champion, Caster Semenya (and before her Dutee Chand) in appeals seeking to strike down regulations that require certain women to lower their naturally-occurring testosterone levels as a condition of participation in women's sport. He also served as Athlete Ombudsperson to the Canadian Olympic Committee during the Olympic Games in Rio, is a former volunteer counsellor and Chair of the Board of Camp Oochigeas and is currently a member of the board of the Jays Care Foundation.

Choose a Dispute type from the links below and click on a case to view details.

Commercial Disputes | Sports Disputes

Aleafia Health Brainhunter Inc. CarePartners ats Redublo CarePartners et al. v. Tahir Bhatti Commercial Landlord Coxswain Row Capital Corporation v. Nigig Power Corporation et al. Crawford Bayley & Co. and Sanjay Asher ats KYKO Global Inc. Dexterra Group Inc. DG Group & Muzzo Group Directors and Officers of Slater Steel Inc. Embee Properties Limited ats Metro Ontario Real Estate Limited Entertainment Company Environmental and Industrial Services Provider Executive Severance Negotiations Fido Solutions Inc. Franchisor Franchisor re Consumer Complaints Freshii Inc. et al. ats Vejii Holdings Ltd. and Vegii Inc. FTI Capital Advisors - Canada ULC v. Ayr Strategies Inc. Google Canada Corporation et al. ats Maureen Henry Google LLC ats Ahmad Mohammad Google LLC ats Collett Thorpe and Yunaland Inc. Google LLC ats John Doe re Claims of Privacy Breach Google LLC ats Obsidian Group Inc. Google LLC ats WCL Capital Google LLC et al. ats Pass Herald Ltd. Google LLC Reference re Subsection 18.3(1) of the Federal Courts Act Gross Capital Inc. GrowthWorks Ltd. Hotel Portfolio Owner HudBay Minerals Inc. re Acquisition. Ignite International Brands (Canada) Ltd. v. Noya Cannabis Inc. INK Entertainment InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust Ivanhoe Cambridge II et al. v. Hudson's Bay Company ULC Kingsdale Partners LP Lisa Marie Langevin v. Aurora Cannabis Inc. Malanca et al. Ats HK United Construction Ltd. et al. Maya Corp. o/a Rebel Cabana v. Registrar, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario Act, 2019 Nation Rise Wind Farm Limited Partnership v. Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Nova Scotia Landowner Group Oshawa Centre Holdings Inc. ats Hakim Optical Laboratory Limited Patheon Inc. Pattern Energy Powerhouse Corporation Professional Defamation Prominent US-Based Human Rights Advocate QM LP et al. v. Mors Refining Systems Inc. et al. Quantum Murray LP Robert Schad and Athena Automation Ltd. ats Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. Rogers Communications Inc. et al. ats Douglas Cardinal Rogers Communications Inc. re Competition Act Rogers Communications Inc. re Long-Distance Charges Rogers Communications Inc. re System Access Fees Rogers Communications Inc. re Video On-Demand Rogers Sportsnet Scion Capital v. Bolivar Gold Senior Executives in Wrongful Termination Suits Stingray Digital Group Inc. Stingray Digital Group Inc. re Franchise Dispute

Sports Disputes | Commercial Disputes

Aleksandra Shelton v. Polish Olympic Committee and Polish Fencing Federation Canada Basketball Canadian Premiere League Athlete - Osaze De Rosario Canadian Women's National Soccer Team Caster Semenya v. World Athletics CFL Athlete Chris Mosier Dominika Jamnicky v. Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport Dutee Chand v. International Association of Athletics Federations International Canadian Judo Athlete International Paralympic Committee International Tennis Athlete Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian v. International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation Johan Bruyneel Maltreatment National Anti-Doping Organization Olympic Swimming Athlete Professional Athletes Todd Hays Tyson Fury World Anti-Doping Agency
Community Involvement
  • Camp Oochigeas
  • Jays Care Foundation
Board Memberships

Jays Care Foundation

Professional Affiliations

The Advocates' Society

Teaching Engagements

Jim has taught civil procedure as an adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario. He is also a lecturer at ISDE Madrid in its Master's in Sports Law program.

  • University of Western Ontario, LLB, 2002
  • University of Western Ontario, BA, 1999
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada  (2023)
  • Chambers Canada: Dispute Resolution; Arbitration
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—Class Action (Litigation Star), General Commercial (Litigation Star), Securities (Litigation Star)
  • Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada CrossBorder Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Commercial Litigation
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Litigation: Corporate Commercial; Securities; Class Actions; Commercial Arbitration; Advertising & Marketing Law; Directors & Officers Liability
  • Lexpert Zenith Award—Diversity and Inclusion  (2016)
  • Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada: Advertising and Marketing Law, Class Action Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Securities Law, Sports Law