In my experience, what makes James exceptional, besides many other characteristics of a skillful family lawyer, is that he is not scared of dealing with unfamiliar situations. In fact, he proved me to be capable of processing such situations fast and strategize very efficiently. My main concern, besides the settlement, was another divorce that I needed to go through in my home country whose judicial system is complicated, unilateral and very different from the Canadian system and I was looking for solutions through Canadian laws to make that part easier for me. The first time I met James, he patiently listened to me, honestly told me that he was somewhat, but not fully, familiar with what I was talking about, but he also reassured me that he was willing to help me approaching my concerns. And he handled the case really well. Over those several months that I worked with him, I always felt that I was part of a capable and reliable team. James was always supportive and compassionate, and at the same time realistic and fair. His generous advice in several situations helped me make correct decisions when I was still too emotional. He was firm where it was needed and was flexible when it would help. Anytime I went to his office with new questions and concerns, I left there confident of having a reasonable solution. The end result was a just settlement, with conditions that made my other divorce move fast and straight forward, without me needing to sacrifice my rights as a human (that was what I was looking for). I confidently recommend Mr. James Marks and his compassionate and helpful assistant, Rachel, to any friend who needs legal help. They are a trustworthy team.