Canada: Construction 2017

We recognise 47 lawyers in this chapter for their expertise in procurement, contracts negotiation and end-to-end counsel on projects alongside contentious work including arbitration, litigation and mediation.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Bruce Reynolds Borden Ladner Gervais, Toronto
2. Duncan Glaholt Glaholt, Toronto
3. William Kenny QC Miller Thomson, Edmonton
4. Sharon Vogel Borden Ladner Gervais, Toronto
5. Helmut Johannsen Singleton Urquhart, Vancouver

BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS sees eight of its lawyers recommended in the field of construction and stands out as the foremost team in the country.
Bruce Reynolds is one of the most renowned construction lawyers in the Canadian market with a superb practice and a leading knowledge of construction disputes.
Sharon Vogel receives widespread praise for her expertise in construction disputes relating to infrastructure matters.
Daniel Ayotte is a leading construction arbitration and litigation lawyer who is “well known in the Quebec market” and frequently handles complex disputes.
Jeffrey Vallis QC has a depth of expertise in international construction projects where he is highly regarded by peers and clients alike.
Simon Grégoire is a specialist in complex construction litigation and is recommended for his superb disputes practice.

Dispute resolution firm SINGLETON URQUHART achieves four listings this year.
Helmut Johannsen comes highly recommended for his leading transactional and disputes expertise and is recognised as “an outstanding lawyer in his practice”.
The “top-notch” John Singleton QC is frequently called upon for his excellent counsel in the construction space, and is widely respected for his work acting in several precedent-setting cases.

We list three leading practitioners from full-service national outfit MILLER THOMSON.
William Kenny QC receives praise as “a very highly respected, excellent lawyer” with a leading presence in construction arbitration.
Scott Hammel QC is renowned for his construction litigation practice and is recommended as “fantastic – as good as any lawyer in Canada”.
Normand D'Amour comes highly recommended in the field of construction disputes and has longstanding expertise in contracts and manufacturer’s interests.

International powerhouse NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT sees three lawyers listed in this chapter.
The “first-rate” Olivier Kott has almost four decades of experience in the field of complex construction disputes. He is widely recognised as an accomplished arbitrator and mediator.
Dan Leduc is a leading figure in construction disputes and is known for his strong record in arbitration and litigation as well as his great negotiating skills.
Bernard Quinn is an expert in construction law and the Canadian market, where he is considered a leading light.

We feature three impressive construction lawyers at STEWART MCKELVEY in this edition.
“Top pick” Arthur Barry QC can see construction projects through from inception to completion and is frequently sought after for his expertise in contract development and disputes.
Kenneth McCullogh QC is highly visible in the market and lauded by peers as “a real player, very strong”. One respondent says, “He’s got a piece of pretty much every significant construction dispute on the east coast.”
William Ryan QC has experience representing Canada’s leading corporations in relation to international concerns. He is esteemed for his sharp mind and expertise in construction disputes.

Leading national firm ROSE achieves two listings this year.
Lowell Westersund QC has almost 40 years’ experience in the space. He is recognised as a leader in the large construction projects space and “a very strong player in the market”.
Jane Sidnell is frequently called upon for her “strong counsel” and her flawless understanding of construction law. One peer says of her, “She is one of the best lawyers in Alberta.”

GLAHOLT founding partner Duncan Glaholt is recognised as “the dean of construction” in Canada. One respondent says of him, “He is pre-eminent counsel still, at the top of the heap with a great international and Canadian reputation.”

George MacDonald QC at PINK LARKIN has a “longstanding reputation” in the market and is highly sought after for his expertise in construction trials and arbitration proceedings.

Donald Lucky at REYNOLDS MIRTH RICHARDS & FARMER receives plaudits for his strong practice and is renowned as “an excellent construction lawyer and a very practical guy”.

Glenn Ackerley at WEIRFOULDS is a top-class figure in construction disputes and is “well known and well liked in the industry”.

CASSELS BROCK & BLACKWELL’s Matthew Alter is recommended for his depth of knowledge about the construction industry, particularly project delivery methods, procurement and negotiation of agreements.

At BENNETT JONES, Stuart Hankinson QC receives praise as “an excellent construction lawyer” and “one of the top practitioners in British Columbia”.

The “iconic” Tom O'Neil QC at MCINNES COOPER is a distinguished presence in construction disputes and receives praise for his litigation skills.

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