Construction Law


Our Construction Law lawyers have extensive litigation experience. You will benefit from their understanding of the industry and their ability to quickly navigate your matter, while controlling potential costs and exposure.

Our extensive experience in the construction industry allows us to quickly understand the implications of your problem and offer an array of solutions. We are experienced in controlling financial and cost exposures as a result of construction disputes and have litigated multi-million dollar commercial and infrastructure projects on behalf of our clients. If you are involved in a construction dispute, no matter its shape or form, our Construction Law team can support you. Specifically, we offer strategic support in the areas listed below.

Areas of Construction Law

Construction Liens + Lien Litigation

Whether you are the general contractor or a subcontractor requiring a construction lien to secure your payment, we provide practical advice and immediate action to properly register liens. With extensive knowledge of the Construction Act (CA), we can quickly navigate any barriers or complexities in your case, ensuring that it is addressed in a timely and satisfactory manner. 

Whether you are a developer, builder, contractor, or owner, you can rely on our tactical support in lien litigation matters.

Institutional and Commercial Construction Projects

We act for a variety of private and public sector clients on projects that range from the construction of condominium or commercial spaces to large retail facilities and municipal infrastructure development.

We have worked extensively on a variety of construction projects, providing us with the knowledge and experience needed to navigate a wide array of issues.  

Residential Builds and Refurbishment Projects

We act on behalf of homeowners and contractors in disputes that arise involving allegations of breach of contract and/or negligence during or after a project. Whether there are claims of payment refusal or completed projects that did not meet specifications or the Building code, we will advocate for you.

Professional Negligence

There are many different professionals involved in construction projects, none of which are immune to allegations of breach of trust, breach of contract and/or negligence. Whether you are an architect or consultant, building inspector, agent, or other professional involved in the project, we will advocate for you in the event that you are facing this type of claim.

Tarion Warranty Corporation and ONHWP Matters

If you are facing a claim as a result of a Tarion investigation, we can advocate for you and push back against the prosecution. We have years of experience addressing all forms of litigation and disputes arising from the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act (ONHWP), allowing us to maximize an array of defence strategies.

Contract Drafting and Advice

We regularly consult and review standard form contracts on behalf of owners, lenders, contractors and/or subcontractors. When needed, we provide experienced support in drafting specialized contracts suited to the situation at hand.

For assistance with your construction law enquiry, please contact Maxine Cowlan by email or 613.544.0211, ext. 8040

Meet Our Construction Law Team

Construction Law Lawyers

Kurt Pearson


Kurt Pearson is Partner and head of our Litigation group.  He graduated from Queen’s University

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James L. McDonald


James L. McDonald is a Partner in Cunningham Swan’s Litigation group. He acquired his

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David Adams


David Adams is a Partner in our Litigation group, focusing primarily on civil, insurance,

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Construction Law Support Staff

Maxine Cowlan

ext. 8040

Sarah Williamson


For assistance with your construction law enquiry, please contact Maxine Cowlan by email or 613-544-0211, ext. 8040.

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