In this chapter we recognise 50 lawyers who stand out for their leading expertise handling complex transactions, contractual issues and disputes across the construction sector.
Most Highly Regarded
Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel sees six market-leading construction lawyers highlighted here.
R Bruce Reynolds is a “distinguished construction specialist” who is “vastly experienced counsel in complex construction disputes”.
Sharon Vogel is highly esteemed for her encyclopaedic knowledge of domestic and international construction and infrastructure law.
Helmut Johannsen is a long-standing figure in the Canadian market, with extensive experience in complex high-value construction disputes.
John Singleton QC is “certainly one of Canada’s finest construction lawyers” with a wealth of alternative dispute resolution experience.
Derek Brindle QC is a first-rate lawyer with significant experience resolving high-stakes construction disputes.
Stephen Berezowskyj is a go-to lawyer for the full range of construction disputes including liability and defect claims, procurement issues and insurance matters.
Borden Ladner Gervais earns an impressive seven listings.
The “brilliant” Richard Shaban is an “extraordinarily strong construction lawyer” with three decades of experience in disputes, procurement, contract issues and transactions.
Yvan Houle is a go-to lawyer for procurement, contract negotiating and drafting and contentious proceedings.
The “tremendously talented” Jeffrey Vallis QC is “simply amazing” and excels in complex domestic and international construction disputes.
Patricia Morrison is highly sought-after by sureties, contractors and owners for her stellar track-record in contentious proceedings.
Glenn Ackerley at WeirFoulds is “vastly knowledgeable” and “definitely knows his stuff”. He is regularly called-upon for the full gamut of construction issues including tendering, contract negotiations and procurement matters.
Duncan Glaholt of Glaholt Bowles is a go-to lawyer for infrastructure disputes across a broad range of industries and sectors.
At Dentons, Karen Martin enjoys a strong reputation for her contract preparation and negotiation skill, as well as her expertise in disputes regarding construction contracts, negligence claims and engineering issues.
The “practical, innovative and well-experienced” Matthew Alter at Cassels Brock & Blackwell is highlighted for his profound knowledge of construction contracts and procurement disputes.
Miller Thomson’s William Kenny QC earns “great respect among peers” who laud him as a “phenomenal construction disputes lawyer”.
Scott Hammel QC “stands out as a leading construction lawyer in Alberta” with extensive litigation experience and a mechanical engineering background.
Harvey Kirsh at Kirsh Construction ADR Services is “a market-leading arbitrator” who is singled out by market sources as an authority on construction law.
Howard Krupat at DLA Piper receives praise for his broad construction practice encompassing contentious proceedings including delay, negligence and tendering disputes as well as the full-range of contract issues.
Christopher O’Connor QC at O’Connor Dispute Resolution is “among the very best construction arbitration specialists” in Canada, where he “excels as arbitrator and counsel”.
Howard Wise at Goodmans is a pre-eminent figure in the construction sector who excels in construction disputes as well as contract and negligence claims.
Oliver Kott with Norton Rose Fulbright is a distinguished lawyer with four decades of experience in the construction industry drafting and negotiating contracts and representing clients in complex commercial disputes.
Bernard Quinn is a “brilliant construction lawyer” with extensive experience in complex construction, engineering and liability disputes.
At Jenkins Marzban Logan, John Logan QC is a renowned construction disputes lawyer with 35-plus years of experience working on complex cases in British Columbia.
W Andrew McLauchlin of McLauchlin & Associates is a well-established lawyer in Canada with 45 years of experience working on all forms of alternative dispute resolution within the construction industry.
Stanley Naftolin QC JD CS at Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber receives widespread commendation from market sources thanks to his leading work on high-value construction disputes in litigation, arbitration and mediation forums.