James Brink

James Brink is an associate with Ormston List Frawley LLP, a law firm in Toronto that advises small to mid-size Canadian public and private companies on corporate organization and restructuring, contracts, financing, as well as their securities compliance obligations. James also regularly works with the firm’s litigation department in connection with commercial and personal disputes ranging from breach of contract to online defamation.

James is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and Redeemer University College.

Proximate justice: a symposium on Christian realism

Last summer, Comment magazine publishing partner Steven Garber wrote a powerful introduction to a new idea: making peace with proximate justice.


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