James R. Tucker

Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Contract Law

James R. Tucker (Jim) is experienced counsel who has practiced litigation his entire legal career. Prior to and while attending law school, Jim worked for ten years in the Canadian Forces. After graduating from Dalhousie Law School in 1992, Jim returned to his home province of Newfoundland, where he practiced law for three years.

Jim moved to Whitehorse and has practiced law in the Yukon since 1996.

He has concentrated on all aspects of civil litigation including construction, administrative law, personal injury, corporate/commercial, insurance, debt collection/foreclosure and contractual disputes.

Jim has appeared at all levels of Court in the Yukon Territory, and he has also appeared before numerous boards and tribunals.

Jim has held the office of President of the Canadian Bar Association, Yukon Branch and has served on the National Board of the Canadian Bar Association. He has a passion for access to justice and has served as president of the Law Society of Yukon from 2014 to 2018.

Jim has been an active member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Yukon since 2000.

Kyle Carruthers

Real Estate, Corporate, Commercial, Wills & Estates

Kyle Carruthers joined the firm as an associate on January 1, 2013 and as a partner in March 2014. Kyle is Tucker Carruthers’ solicitor and practices law in the areas of Real Estate, Corporate Commercial, and Wills & Estates.

Kyle received his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 and was called to the bar in 2009. Prior to joining the firm, Kyle practiced law at another Whitehorse law firm.

Kyle is a lifelong Yukoner and returned home after completing his education to enjoy the northern lifestyle. His leisure activities include camping, canoeing, snowmobiling, and playing hockey.

Michelle Chan

Family Law, Civil Litigation

Michelle joined Tucker Carruthers as an associate in 2015. With a growing practice, Michelle assists clients with a range of legal issues including in the areas of family law, labour and employment law, and general civil litigation.

Prior to moving to the Yukon, Michelle worked in private practice in both Victoria, B.C. and Halifax, N.S. and also completed a judicial law clerkship at the Federal Court of Canada.

While taking the time to understand each client’s situation, Michelle takes a proactive approach to problem solving to ensure that clients receive solutions suited to their particular goals. Michelle takes pride in the comprehensive and timely advice she is able to provide to clients and has assisted with matters that proceed to trials, judicial review hearings and labour arbitrations.

Prior to embarking on her legal career, Michelle graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in New York and then earned a Masters degree in Environment and Development Studies as a Commonwealth Scholar at the London School of Economics.

When not working, Michelle enjoys spending time outdoors and with family and friends.

Year of Call: British Columbia 2013; Nova Scotia 2014; Yukon Territory 2015
Law School: J.D. University of Victoria, 2011
Education: B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University, 2004; MSc., London School of Economics and Political Science, 2007