James M. Parks, Law'71

Past-Chair
Counsel, Gardiner Roberts LLP
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Jim Parks has practiced law for more than 40 years and is currently counsel to Gardiner Roberts LLP in Toronto. Jim advises clients on income tax planning and compliance, estate planning, business succession, including advice relating to charitable giving from the perspective of donors and charities. After receiving a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, he graduated from Queen’s Law in 1971 and attended the University of Ottawa under a Department of Justice fellowship, receiving a Certificate in Legislative Drafting in 1972.

Jim is a frequent speaker and writer on taxation, charitable giving and related matters. He writes an annual article in the Canadian Donor’s Guide and is a contributing editor of International Taxation. He is a director of several charities, and provides pro bono services to a number of charities and their supporters. Jim is a former Chair of both the National and the Ontario Charity Law Sections of the Canadian Bar Association. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council in Queen’s University’s Faculty of Law, has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by the Canadian Legal Lexpert directory and Best Lawyers in Canada and received the AMS/John Hodgson Award from the Charity and Not-for Profit Law Section of the OBA in recognition of his leadership, development of the law and service in the charitable arena.

Jim is grateful for the education he received and friends he met at Queen’s. He is committed to giving back both financially and by helping Queen’s with its Gift Planning program.