Jim Smellie’s practice focuses on energy regulatory matters, administrative law and litigation. He has been consistently recognized by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a Most Frequently Recommended practitioner in Energy (Electricity) and Energy (Oil & Gas), The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, as well as by The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in energy regulatory and natural resources law. He appears regularly before the National Energy Board and provincial tribunals concerning the economic regulation of pipelines and electricity infrastructure. His extensive experience as regulatory counsel includes all aspects of facility permitting, toll and tariff matters, export/import authorizations and related environmental and consultation issues, and he is well versed in matters of government policy as it relates to this field. His litigation focus includes commercial arbitrations (both as counsel and arbitrator), appearances in the Federal Courts, provincial superior and appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. He regularly acts as pro bono counsel to high-performance Canadian amateur athletes in diverse disciplines.