Farris LLP: Vancouver's Law Firm
James P. Hatton

James P. Hatton, Q.C.*


Telephone: 604 661 9324

Facsimile: 604 661 9349

Email: jhatton@farris.com

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James Hatton is a commercial solicitor with more than 25 years experience in assisting companies to exploit the value of their intellectual property assets.

James is the partner responsible for the Technology Group at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, the law firm frequently identified by Lexpert magazine as the top corporate law firm and the top litigation firm in Vancouver, British Columbia.

James is listed as a leading practitioner in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, repeatedly recommended in the fields of technology transactions and biotechnology. Best Lawyers lists James in the practice areas of technology law, intellectual property law and biotechnology law, and named James as Vancouver’s “Biotechnology Law Lawyer of the Year” for 2013, 2017 and 2019.

James is a director of BC Hydro, the principal electricity utility for the province of British Columbia. James is also a director of Powerex, the exporting subsidiary of BC Hydro.

James is an advisory board member for STEMCELL Technologies, Canada’s largest and most successful biotechnology company.

James is a director and past Chair of LifeSciences British Columbia, which supports and represents the greater life sciences community of British Columbia. James is a director of technology companies, including Aspect Biosystems, specializing in 3D bioprinting and tissue engineering.

James is a director of The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, a charity that educates, mentors and connects women entrepreneurs who are venturing into new business opportunities or ready to ramp up and grow their existing businesses.

James was the President of The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society for six years, and remains an honorary life director of that organization. 

James is a former member of the Governing Council of the National Research Council of Canada, the government of Canada’s premier research, development and innovation organization, which leverages Canada’s public and private science and technology infrastructure for the benefit of Canadians.

James is also a former director of the Central City Foundation, one of Vancouver’s oldest charitable organizations, established in 1907 by a group of citizens concerned about the number of homeless and hungry people living in the Gastown area of Vancouver.

James is a former member of the Board of Governors of Royal Roads University, a university based in Victoria, British Columbia offering undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs in applied and professional fields. He is also a former member of the Judicial Advisory Committee for British Columbia, responsible for assessing candidates from British Columbia for appointment as superior court judges.

*A Law Corporation.


  • University of British Columbia (LL.B., 1985; B.Comm., 1984)


  • Queen's Counsel (2010)
  • Lexpert Leading Lawyers in Canada (2019)
  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" (Biotechnology Law, 2017 & 2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Ranking (BV)
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar (1986)