L. James Thornborough, Q.C. (1947-2019)


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James was a cornerstone here at Thornborough Smeltz LLP, sharing his 45 years of legal experience and knowledge with the team and with our clients until his retirement in March, 2019.

James practised primarily in the area of civil litigation including contract disputes, personal injury, employment, and family law. He also had a general practice that including wills and estates, corporate and real estate law.

His firm commitment to integrity and the law, resulted in his appointment as Queen's Counsel by Her Majesty's Lieutenant Governor for Alberta in 2014.


  • University of Manitoba, LL.B., 1973
  • St. John's College, B.A., 1969

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Wills and Estates
  • Real Estate Conveyancing
  • Family Law

Bar Admission

  • Alberta 1985
  • Manitoba 1974

Community Involvement

  • Commissioned Officer Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada (retd)
  • Past President of Western Manitoba Bar Association
  • Bencher Law Society of Manitoba 1982

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Alberta
11650 Elbow Drive SW
Calgary, AB, T2W 1S8

Tel: 403.271.3221
Fax: 403.271.6684


Free parking available off 
of Canterbury Drive - behind the building.