Nixon Wenger Lawyers LLP

Trusted. Results.

James Cotter, Partner


James has been a trial lawyer for over 23 years, originally in Vancouver, and then for the past 17 years here in the Okanagan. His focus is on personal injury claims, insurance claims,  estate litigation, and health law. James has successfully litigated claims involving car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice,  product liability, insurance disability and more. He regularly conducts Supreme Court trials, including Jury trials, and has also appeared in the Court of Appeal. James is also on the Executive for the Trial Lawyers of B.C. He does not act for ICBC, or other private Insurance companies. 

"I take pride in representing my clients against the big insurance companies.  I continually strive to bring a significant benefit to my clients, not only in the final result, but in providing peace of mind during the litigation process.  I enjoy the competitive nature of litigation, and  I believe that you cannot negotiate a fair settlement for your client, unless you have the experience of fighting trials, and you are ready and prepared to go to trial on each claim.   I believe that there are no short cuts to a great result.  I can truly say, that my best days at work are when I’ve achieved a result that makes a real difference in my client’s life"  


Personal Injury
Wills & Estates Litigation
Civil Litigation
Municipal Law
Health Law


LLB in 1994.
Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1995.
Bachelor of Commerce in 1994.


Personal Injury Law James has acted for clients who have sustained all matters of injury, including brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.  James has obtained strong results for his clients through his use of effective advocacy and strong knowledge of the law.

Wills and Estate Litigation – James has acted for executors, named beneficiaries and claimants in all matters of estate litigation.  James has made successful applications under the Wills Variation Act as well as protecting beneficiaries from unwarranted distribution of estate assets to third party claimants.

Civil Litigation – James has wide raging experience in civil litigation of all kinds, including construction, land and business disputes.

Municipal Law – James has brought claims against municipalities for injury victims, as well as dealing with zoning bylaw and conflict of interest claims.

Health Law – James defends Hospitals in regard to claims for medical malpractice and slip and falls.  Often these are complex claims involving a wide range of issues.


"The lawyers and staff at Nixon Wenger have gone above and beyond in taking care of my affairs.  They were always there when I needed them, and are very accommodating, making my life a lot easier.  Whether it be in personal injury (James Cotter), family law (Kylie Walman) or real estate (Elise Allan), I highly recommend Nixon Wenger LLP"
Cameron Lee

"We met with James Cotter approx. 6 years ago for legal advice when we had nearly reached the end of our 2 years working with ICBC after a car accident.  James was very patient, calm and professional as he reviewed our information and let us know how processes worked and what our expectations could be.  He and his assistant Caitlin were always available for questions and even took calls from us on evenings and weekends.  The process was long and we finally reached an end result this year. James had prepared us with the idea that it might take longer, so the time frame was not outside of our expectations.  The end result was better than what we had thought and hoped for.  We will always appreciate the hard work, care and dedication that James, Ryan and Caitlin put toward making sure we were looked after"
- Dawn and Matt Goldie

"James worked on my personal injury claim, providing support through a long and difficult experience.  Great people at the firm, I really appreciate their council.  Would recommend to anyone"
- Devon Lencucha

"From the start I felt very confident and comfortable with my decision to retain the firm Nixon Wenger, in particular James Cotter, as my representative and legal counsel. Having sustained an injury in a motor vehicle accident, it was immediately apparent to me that without legal advice I would have a challenging and somewhat unknown road ahead.

Nixon Wenger is a highly regarded legal firm in our community and after meeting with James I was convinced that he had my best interests at heart and was going to use all his resources at hand to assist me. James was very personable, knowledgeable, confident and always available for my questions and concerns. I am very happy with the services that I received from James and his team. I feel that they went above and beyond and ultimately ensured a result that I was truly pleased with and certainly one that I could have not achieved without James and his team. I am very appreciative to James and his team and highly recommend their services.  Lastly, I consider them to be a true leader in their field"
- Marion

"I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to James Cotter. Right from my first meeting with you I felt comfortable . Through the process you always kept me informed and on tract with my responsibility to the claim.i very much appreciate your professional skills with Desjardins, something I did not expect . Thank you so much. Also, thank you to Christine and others in your firm who worked so hard on my claim. I'm very happy with the outcome and would highly recommend you and your firm to others"
- Pam

"The team at Nixon Wenger were remarkable at making me feel comfortable in an uncomfortable time"
- J. Roy

"My lawyer and the paralegal team (and all front end staff) were professional and reliable, but most importantly, down to earth. The service provided was individualized and I was not treated solely as a client, but a person. I contacted Nixon Wenger initially to seek help in navigating the difficult relationship with ICBC. Their service went far beyond this and until the end, they carried my stress for me"
- B. Cumming

"The service was great. The staff was friendly, caring, professional. James Cotter was all of this plus he knew what health care professionals to send me to. Without James Cotter I would never had received the settlement from ICBC that I did. Thank you James"
- E. Power

" I got injured and was not sure what to do. l talked to James and felt much better about it. Over the time it took to go to court, both James and Caitlin helped me through appointments and many other things. When it came to court, l was very nervous and scared, but James and his staff made me feel much better and l am very happy about the outcome. It was better than l ever dreamed of"
- L. Lafond

" Nixon Wenger has been easy to work with. Thru my personal injury claim, James Cotter and his associates always kept me well informed, and were much needed moral support on meany occasions. Making a difficult process much less painful. Nixion Wenger has great people and resources and would recommend their legal services to anyone that needs help"
- Devon Patrick L.

" Thank you so much to James Cotter and the staff at Nixon Wenger. In 2016 I went through one of the most difficult times in my life when I was hit by a drunk driving while coming home from work. One of my first calls was to Nixon Wenger. James made my husband and I feel confident that we could focus on my road to recovery while the details of my ICBC claim were professionally dealt with. I felt listened to and my questions were efficiently answered. I was kept up to date with where my claim was and with what to expect next. I feel like James and the staff were my biggest advocates. We were able to successfully settle with ICBC. I would highly recommend Nixon Wenger to anybody!"
- Kimberly R.


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Past Director with the Vernon Art gallery and Vernon & District Performing Arts Theatre
Past member of the Interior Health Authority Research Ethics Board
Past part-time instructor for BCIT law-related courses
Retired representative for the Yale Country, North, with the B.C. branch of Canadian Bar Association
Member of the Canadian Bar Association
Active participant in the Access Pro Bono program
Member of the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C.
Active coach in youth soccer and basketball
Member of the Interior BC Association for Injured Motorcyclists


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