Chair of the firm, James A Woods is considered to be one of the best lawyers in Quebec and in Canada.
With 40 years of experience in the fields of litigation and arbitration, he has pleaded before all instances of federal and Quebec and Ontario provincial tribunals, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. During his career, he also acted as arbitrator, either as president or member of a panel, in a large number of commercial and international files, both ad hoc and under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
Mtre. Woods was appointed by the Supreme Court of Canada as "amicus curiae" in the case of Scotia McLeod v. The Bank of Nova Scotia & al., S.C.C., 28871 dealing with the seizability of pension fund accounts in financial institutions. He also represented the purchaser parties in the largest leveraged buy-out in history in BCE Inc. v. 1976 Debentureholders,  3 S.C.R.
Teaching and other professional activities include: Trial Advocacy Training at the 2005 International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; in 1999-2000 was Chairman of the sub-committee of the Joint Committee of the Quebec Bar and Chamber of Notaries respecting the English Version of the Civil Code of Quebec: Book 7: Evidence; Since 1998 has been Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation; since 1997 has been Co-Editor of Corporate Litigation published by Federated Press; from 1992 to1998 was Member of the Task Force on Economic Consequences of Litigation World Wide, of the International Bar Association; and from 1990 to1998 Co-Chaired the International Litigation, Sub-committee O, of the International Bar Association;
Year after year, he is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer by Lexpert, Chambers Global, Benchmark Canada, Martindale Hubbell and Who's Who Legal. In 2012, Best Lawyers awarded him the "Lawyer of the year" title in the category "Bet-the-company litigation – Montreal". In 2016, Le Monde Juridique Magazine named him "Litigator of the Year".
He is a member of the Faculty of Law and lecturer in civil litigation at McGill University. He is the author of Cases and Materials in Civil Procedure (Carswell Legal Publications, 1987) and numerous other articles and papers. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Litigation Counsel of America, Federation of Defence and Corporate Counsel and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London). He is also a member of: The panel of arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Québec Bar, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Law Society of British Columbia, the Law Society of Alberta, the Law Society of England and Wales, the Barreau de Paris, the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Canadian Commercial Arbitration Centre, the Diversity Law Institute and The Trial Law Institute. He was named Advocatus Emeritus by the Québec Bar in 2013 for "outstanding contributions to the legal profession".
In 1987, he created the McGill University Law Faculty's Civil Litigation Workshop, a course which he continues to teach.