Tribute to James McCartney, Q.C., former partner of McCarthy Tétrault

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It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of former partner James “Jim” McCartney, Q.C. at age 82 on July 7, 2020, in Toronto. 

Having served as National Chair of McCarthy Tétrault, Jim’s deep commitment to the firm cannot be overstated. Through his leadership, he was adamant about pursuing opportunities presented by the Western Canada market, setting McCarthy & McCarthy’s sights on the goal of becoming a national law firm and making McCarthy Tétrault the firm it is today. During his time as Chair, Jim saw the partnership through the approval of an innovative strategic plan that centralized national firm management, revolutionizing the legal industry and paving the way for what would be the first truly “national law firm”. 

Jim also had a significant corporate finance and M&A practice and was a highly regarded expert within the mining sector. He continued to be involved with several of the firm’s key clients long after his retirement and up until earlier this year. He was a kind and thoughtful man who was generous with sharing his time and wisdom, making a profound impact on the careers of many. We were extremely fortunate to have such a talented business and legal mind at the firm that he helped build. 

Jim was a dedicated volunteer and generously supported CAMH and United Way. In 2005, he received the University of Toronto Arbor Award in recognition of his contributions to the University and furthering legal education in Canada. 

Jim was an influential lawyer, leader and business professional. He was a respected colleague and a great friend to many. His legacy leaves a tremendous mark on the firm and the profession, and he will be sorely missed.

The McCartney family invites you to join a Virtual Celebration of Life on Saturday, July 11 at 3:00pm. The celebration will be accessible via this link

Donations may be directed to the University of Toronto Schools, which Jim supported in many ways over the years, or to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital

We wish to send our sincerest condolences to his loving wife Helen, his children Michael, Tim, and Kate, and the rest of his family.

Dave Leonard, Partner and CEO, McCarthy Tétrault