E. James McNeney Q.C.

Jim McNeney

1966 – Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) from the University of British Columbia.

1972 – Graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the University of British Columbia.

Called to the Bar of British Columbia and from 1973 to the present has restricted his practice to personal injury litigation with occasional forays into motor vehicle criminal offences.

In 1977 Mr. McNeney was a founding member of the British Columbia Trial Lawyer’s Association and was instrumental in the founding of the Westminster Community Legal Services Society where he formulated bylaws and policies for one of the first community law offices in British Columbia.

Mr. McNeney was recognized in 1988 by the Trial Lawyers of America when he was named a sustaining Member and he has remained active in the education of young lawyers through giving courses on civil procedure relating to personal in jury litigation with the PLTC; Continuing Legal Education, and Association of Trial Lawyers B.C.

Mr. McNeney has been active in many Motorcyclists Rights Associations and has lectured to the National Coalition of Motorcyclists; the International Coalition of Motorcyclists; the Modified Motorcycle Association of California and has appeared before the California State Legislature Motor Vehicle Safety Committee and testified concerning motorcycle legislation. He is presently active in the Association for Injured Motorcyclists and is a founder of the British Columbia Coalition of Motorcyclists, as well as Legal Counsel to that organization and in 1995 Mr. McNeney was named recipient of the prestigious Fred Hill International Achievement Award by the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at its annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was President of the New Westminster Legal Services Society Community Law Office, an organization responsible for the administration and direction of criminal legal aid, poverty law and family law within the New Westminster area. Unfortunately after 25 years in operation the present Government shut down the office and replaced it with an 800 number.

These efforts, however, did not go unnoticed. As a result of his continued advocacy on behalf of injured persons, his commitment to assisting marginalized people, and his work within the legal community, he was made a Queen’s Counsel in 2006.   Mr. McNeney’s most difficult accomplishment was surviving six years as a Scout leader, never arising beyond with Badge One. His career in Scouts ended when his then 13 year old son discovered baseball and music. Anything to do with cars and motorcycles where one can buy high and sell low.