James D. Steele

James Steele’s practice focuses on civil litigation in all areas of law, with a focus on:

  • Estate litigation, including will challenges (undue influence or incapacity), removal of executors, challenging acts by powers of attorney, demands for a proper accounting, and breach of trust claims;
  • Insurance law, including insurance coverage disputes, defence and subrogation actions, as well as commercial disputes of all kinds;
  • Municipal law, including bylaw prosecution, dangerous animal proceedings, tax enforcement, planning appeals, and litigating claims involving municipalities.

James appears before all levels of Saskatchewan courts.

Prior to studying law, James earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), graduating with Great Distinction. While earning his Juris Doctorate of Law at the U of S, James was awarded the P.E. Mackenzie Prize for the highest academic standing in the Evidence course and served as student editor of the Saskatchewan Law Review.

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  • Co-presentation with M. Kim Anderson, Q.C., for the Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association Seminar, April 5, 2019 (effective enforcement of bylaws and leases by Regional Parks)
  • Co-presentation with M. Kim Anderson, Q.C., for the Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association Fall Seminar, October 21, 2016 (Campsite leases);
  • Co-presentation with M. Kim Anderson, Q.C., for the Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association Fall Seminar, April 7, 2017 (Eviction of tenants and other lease issues);
  • Co-presentation with Sean Sinclair, before the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, April 20, 2017 (Challenging of Wills);
  • Co-presentation with Sean Sinclair, before the CBA Wills, Estates and Elder law Section, September, 2017 (Estate Litigation);
  • Co-presentation with Curtis Onishenko, to the 2019 CBA Mid-winter meeting (Estate Litigation);
  • Presentation to the Saskatoon Estate Planning Council, March 12, 2019 (Litigation Involving Power of Attorneys)
  • James’s life is balanced with his passion for music. James is extensively involved in fiddle music throughout Saskatchewan, performing regularly.  He is a former Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion, a six-time Grand North American Champion, and nine-time Saskatchewan Champion.  James is also a member of the Board of Directors for the John Arcand Fiddle Fest.
  • James is also on the board of editors of the Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch publication BarNotes.
  • James is a regular volunteer at pro bono Wills and Estates sessions held at the Saskatoon Public Library.
  • James was the 2019 winner of the Cam Partridge Memorial PLEA Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • Beginning in fall of 2020, James will be the Legislation and Law Reform Director for the CBA Saskatchewan Board.


Direct: (306) 933-1338
Main: (306) 652-7575
Fax: (306) 652-2445
Email: j.steele@rslaw.com

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