Canada: Construction 2018

In the chapter we highlight 49 practitioners who are leading figures in the construction field in Canada. They are recognised for their outstanding work advising clients on a range of sector-related issues including disputes, regulatory matters and complex transactions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. R Bruce Reynolds Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP, Toronto
2. Duncan W Glaholt Glaholt LLP, Toronto
3. Sharon Vogel Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP, Toronto
4. Matthew R Alter Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Toronto

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel is a leading firm in this market with six practitioners listed.
"Big hitter" Bruce Reynolds excels in the construction field, where is renowned for his excellent representation of clients in a range of complex construction and projects disputes.
Sharon Vogel is “a first-rate construction lawyer” whose is recognised for her extensive expertise in construction disputes which spans litigation as well as mediation and arbitration proceedings.   
Helmut Johannsen is a standout construction law practitioner who is widely respected in the Canadian market for his expertise in construction arbitration.
The "formidable" John Singleton QC boasts significant expertise in the sector and is highlighted by peers as “a first-class construction lawyer" who stands “at the top" of the field.
Stephen Berezowskyj co-chairs the firm’s construction and infrastructure team and is recognised by market sources for his impressive work handling sophisticated construction disputes in litigation proceedings.
Derek Brindle QC possesses significant experience in the construction market and specialises in sector-related alternative dispute resolution.

Borden Ladner Gervais also performs well in this chapter and sees six lawyers nominated.
The “well-respected” Jeffrey Vallis QC draws praise for his work on high-value deals as well as his expertise in dispute resolution. Peers describe him as “an impressive construction lawyer” with “decades of experience in the field”.
Daniel Ayotte is a dispute resolution specialist within the construction field and has experience working with clients of all sizes on complex disputes.
The “excellent” Richard Shaban has extensive experience working in the construction field, and is recognised for his particular expertise in transactional issues that include P3 deals and project agreements.
Simon Grégoire is an outstanding construction lawyer who specialises in contentious matters with a particular focus on litigation and high-value disputes.
Yvan Houle is a transactional expert who is highly respected for his extensive knowledge of construction and infrastructure matters that range from EPCM contracts to procurement.
Michael Skene is commended by peers for his work in construction dispute resolution where he has experience representing clients in front of all levels of Canadian courts.

Miller Thomson achieve three listings in this chapter.
The “absolutely first-rate” William Kenny QC is a well-known name in dispute resolution. He is recognised for his standout work in complex litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings in the construction field.
Scott Hammel QC is a “truly excellent” dispute resolution specialist who is highlighted by peers as a “big name” in the construction sector and note he is at “the top of the heap, there is nobody better”.
Normand D’Amour is a well-established construction practitioner who regularly acts in complex claims for contractors, owners and manufacturers.

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada also sees three outstanding practitioners listed.
Olivier Kott, Ad. E. is “an excellent practitioner” who has over three decades of experience in the construction field handling complex disputes proceedings.
Pierre Cimon has vast experience as a trial lawyer and in arbitration proceedings and is highly respected for his in-depth understanding of the construction market.
Bernard Quinn advises a range of clients in both contentious and non-contentious construction matters, and wins praise for his ability in issues such as contract drafting, procurement and regulatory topics.

Glaholt receives two listings in this edition.
Duncan Glaholt boasts an outstanding construction law practice and is widely regarded by peers as "one of the best construction lawyers in Canada".
Brendan Bowles impresses peers with his vast experience and deep expertise in the construction sector, where he acts for clients on a wide range of sophisticated claims.

Matthew Alter at Cassels Brock & Blackwell is “a very accomplished lawyer” who stands out in the Canadian construction market for his expert handling of complex procurement matters.

Glenn Ackerley of WeirFoulds is a well-recognised construction practitioner, who receives praise for his work in dispute resolution work and is described by peers as “fantastic” and in the “top band of everybody’s list”.

Donald Lucky at Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer is “a first-rate practitioner” who has extensive experience in transactional work that includes contract negotiation, project insurance and tendering.

Rose’s Jane Sidnell is highlighted by sources as “a first-class construction lawyer” who regularly guides clients through all stages of a construction project’s lifespan.

George MacDonald QC at Pink Larkin is “a top construction lawyer” who has extensive experience representing and advising clients on related dispute resolution issues.

Howard Wise of Goodmans wins praise for his extensive experience as a trial and appellate lawyer, representing clients in a variety of construction disputes that include construction liens, negligence claims and contract matters.

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