Canada: Government Contracts 2017

In this chapter we highlight 40 leading practitioners who stand out for their exceptional work providing first-rate counsel to public authorities and private-sector clients in relation to the drafting and structuring of procurement bids and PPP contracts, as well as disputes arising from such arrangements. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Judy Wilson Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
2. Paul Lalonde Dentons Canada, Toronto
3. Rocco Sebastiano Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, Toronto
4. Phuong Ngo Gowling WLG, Toronto
5. Richard Wagner Norton Rose Fulbright, Toronto

DAVIES WARD PHILLIPS & VINEBERG leads the research this year with four standout lawyers noted for their excellent government contracts work.
Nicholas Williams is “a very well-respected name” in the domestic market and is commended particularly for his first-rate work in the renewable energy and PPP space.  Gregory Southam is considered the go-to practitioner when it comes to government procurement counsel, complex project finance matters and contracts work.
Carol Pennycook draws widespread praise for her leading transactional practice and is known for her expert handling of PPP projects across both Canada and the US.
Robert Bauer is a longstanding fixture in the government contracts arena and is recognised for his superb work on infrastructure projects, PPPs and real estate developments. 

GOWLING WLG sees three impressive individuals highlighted for their brilliant work in the area.
The “wonderful” Phuong Ngo is “an incredibly smart practitioner” according to respondents who consider her “a strong name” in the field.
Graham Ragan is highly sought after by clients one of whom notes: “Time and again, Graham delivered excellent business advice based on legal foundation, and not just the legalese.”
Darryl Brown is a PPP specialist known for his terrific work on national infrastructure projects.

Three practitioners at NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT achieve listings in this chapter.
Richard Wagner is a well-established figure in the Canadian market, and wins high praise for his world-class government procurement practice.
Martin Masse is highly respected by peers who praise his exceptional regulatory knowledge on procurement matters.
Greg Lewis QC leads the firm’s infrastructure, mining and commodities practice and is widely recognised for his impressive work in the space.

BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS also receives three nominations in this chapter.
“Top procurement lawyer” Richard Shaban wins praise from peers and clients alike who consider him “very strong construction and PPP counsel”.
Sean Gosnell is “a results-oriented problem solver and provides advice and assistance in a reliable, sensible and efficient way”, according to sources. He continues to impress clients with his “wide breadth of knowledge on land-related matters” as well as “his professional manner in any given situation”.
Douglas Sanders is “an exceptionally practical lawyer” who is regarded among peers as “one of the top lawyers for construction procurement matters in Vancouver”.

We feature three practitioners from national outfit CONLIN BEDARD in this chapter.
Paul Conlin is a standout name in the domestic public procurement market, and is highlighted particularly by sources for his expertise handling federal bid challenge procedures.
Benjamin Bedard is “a leading procurement lawyer” recognised for his tremendous regulatory knowledge. 
Ben Mills is also highlighted in this chapter for his excellent work handling public sector procurement matters.

BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON achieves two listings this year.
Judy Wilson stands out as the foremost government contracts practitioner in the country. She wins high praise from sources who consider her “one of the great leaders of this practice area”.
Marianne Smith is noted for her first-class practice that spans PPPs, infrastructure projects and public procurement law.

DENTONS also sees two practitioners listed for their impressive work in the field.
Paul Lalonde is “a wonderful government contracts lawyer” according to respondents, who regard him as “a go-to person” for procurement related matters.
John Haythorne also wins praise for his strong work in the space.

Two practitioners at OSLER HOSKIN & HARCOURT are singled out in this edition for their superb government contracts work.
Rocco Sebastiano is “very well known in this space” and is highly respected for his excellent work in the electricity sector.
Chris Bennett is also commended for his top-notch practice which encompasses infrastructure projects, PPPs and project finance matters. 

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