Melanie Samuels: Rewriting the Script – A Tribute on International Women’s Day

Every year on International Women’s Day, Singleton Reynolds profiles a prominent female member of our firm. This year we are honoured to feature partner Melanie Samuels, a prominent employment and immigration lawyer.

Becoming a lawyer was not on Melanie Samuels‘ radar as a child – she wanted to be an actress. For anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Melanie, that makes perfect sense. Luckily for her clients and her colleagues, however, her parents encouraged her to take a more academic approach to her future career. Thus Melanie graduated from UBC Law School in 1989 and embarked on a career in law, where the courtroom and the boardroom became her stage. With so many practice areas open to her, the fast-paced and human-centric nature of employment and immigration law spoke to her and she has spent her career becoming an integral part of her clients’ businesses and lives, thereby building a practice that she finds professionally and personally rewarding.

When Melanie started her legal career, there were few female mentors for her to emulate and learn from. Luckily, she has always had a strong sense of what she wanted and knew that she would have to forge a path that worked for her, through a profession that was often traditional and slow to change. Melanie’s advice for women entering the legal profession today – manage your own expectations and those of others, and find the workplace that supports you in achieving those expectations. That is what drew Melanie to join Singleton Reynolds (then Singleton Urquhart) in 2010. Here, she found an environment and colleagues that were supportive and provided her the flexibility necessary to pursue her desires to raise a family, entertain interests outside of the law, and engage with her Jewish community in taking on many leadership roles, all while providing excellent service to her clients. She flourished and became a member of the firm’s Management Committee in 2018.

Upon joining Singleton Reynolds, Melanie remembers quickly revealing to her new colleagues the fact that she did not golf and had no interest in doing so. At that time, golf continued to be one of the most common, if clichéd, activities through which lawyers connected with their clients. Instead, with the support of the firm, Melanie put her event organizing skills to work and developed an annual women’s client event. Centred around a different activity each year, the firm’s female lawyers and their clients gather to connect, share common experiences, and, most importantly, have fun. It has become a highly anticipated event on the firm’s calendar and provides an example of how Melanie has always sought to push the boundaries of the profession.

Influenced by her parents who prioritized community involvement, Melanie has not restricted her desire to enact change to the legal profession. For years, her mother—who was rarely seen without her signature Revlon pink lipstick—had collected and distributed items of basic need to new immigrants to Vancouver. Upon her death in 2007, Melanie and her friends wanted to honour her mother and ensure that the work she had begun continued. They formed The Lipstick Brigade, a not-for-profit organization that collects hygiene, cosmetic, and toiletry products and distributes them to a number of shelters that support women on Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. In doing so, Melanie has not only preserved her mother’s legacy but has also expanded the reach of compassion and support to empower vulnerable women in the broader community.

Like any good actor, Melanie has not always followed the script she was given. Rather than accept the status quo, she improvised her own lines. Her advice to any woman starting her career: “Find your fit, the right place, where you feel valued and validated.”

Singleton Reynolds Ranked in Top Tier by Lexpert®

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP has been named in the Top Tier (Most Frequently Recommended) for Construction Law in both Toronto and Vancouver in The Canadian Lexpert® Directory, with lawyers also listed in multiple categories.

The firm has also been ranked for Infrastructure Law, Commercial Arbitration, Corporate Commercial Litigation, Commercial Insurance Litigation, and Professional Liability.

Singleton Reynolds lawyers recognized by Lexpert® include:

Stephen Berezowskyj, Construction Law (Most Frequently Recommended), Commercial Insurance Litigation (Most Frequently Recommended), Professional Liability

Jesse Gardner, Construction Law

Catherine Gleason-Mercier, Construction Law

Stuart B. Hankinson, Commercial Arbitration, Construction Law, Infrastructure Law, Commercial Insurance Litigation

Seema Lal, Construction Law

James Little, Construction Law

Bruce Reynolds, Construction Law (Most Frequently Recommended), Infrastructure Law, Commercial Arbitration

John R. Singleton, Construction Law (Most Frequently Recommended), Commercial Insurance Litigation

Sharon Vogel, Construction Law (Most Frequently Recommended), Infrastructure Law, Commercial Arbitration

Peter Wardle, Corporate Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability

The directory results are based on an Annual Survey of in house counsel and lawyers across Canada.

About The Canadian Lexpert® Directory

The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, published since 1997, is based on an extensive peer survey process. It includes profiles of leading practitioners across Canada in more than 60 practice areas and leading law firms in more than 40 practice areas. The publication also features articles highlighting current legal issues and recent developments of importance written by leading practitioners across Canada.

About Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is a Canadian national law firm that specializes in the construction and infrastructure, insurance, and real estate sectors.

The firm consistently ranks first among Canadian construction and infrastructure firms and features prominently in the delivery of commercial litigation, corporate-commercial and employment law services.

Singleton Reynolds Lawyers Recognized in the 2024 Lexpert/ALM 500 Directory

Bruce Reynolds, Sharon Vogel, John Singleton, and Stephen Berezowskyj have been featured in the 2024 Lexpert/ALM 500 Guide. This directory profiles lawyers who are identified by peers and clients as “Most Frequently Recommended.”

The identification of leading practitioners for the Lexpert/ALM 500 is based upon comprehensive survey work across the country, which has been ongoing since 1994. The process targets lawyers acknowledged as leaders in their respective fields, lawyers prominent in professional organizations, and lawyers otherwise enjoying significant recognition from their colleagues.

About The Lexpert/ALM 500:

Produced in collaboration with American Lawyer Media, The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (the Lexpert/ALM 500 Directory) profiles the “Most Frequently Recommended” lawyers across Canada in approximately 35 practice areas identified via an extensive, annual peer survey.

The Lexpert/ALM 500 Directory features articles highlighting cross-border legal issues and recent developments of importance written by leading practitioners across Canada.

Learn more at: https://lexpert.ca/500/

Singleton Reynolds Welcomes Four New Partners

Singleton Reynolds is proud to announce and congratulate our newest partners: Warren Godfrey, Cheryl Labiris, Robert Moore, and Evan Rankin.

“We are excited to promote these talented members of our firm to partnership. They each provide valuable legal advice to our clients helping them to achieve success. Congratulations to Cheryl, Evan, Rob and Warren on this well-deserved accomplishment,” said Co-Managing Partners, Mark Stacey and Bruce Reynolds.

Warren Godfrey focuses primarily on general business, real estate and entertainment disputes. Warren is a passionate advocate for his clients’ rights and has experience with diverse contractual and other general commercial disputes, corporate governance, shareholder disputes, injunctions, leaseholder disputes, employment agreements and wrongful dismissal disputes across a wide range of industries. He also has a focus in entertainment law and has worked on a variety of disputes in this area, including acting for production companies, individual artists, and media companies.

Warren has been involved in the successful resolution of many business disputes, either by way of dispute resolution or litigation and has appeared before the Federal Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Provincial Court of British Columbia. He has also successfully represented clients who have matters at the Labour Relations Board, the Civil Resolution Tribunal and the Residential Tenancy Branch.

Cheryl Labiris works exclusively in the Construction and Infrastructure Practice Group and has a very broad and diverse practice acting for all members in the construction pyramid including owners, general contractors, subcontractors/suppliers, sureties, architects, engineers, designers, and consultants on a vast range of construction claims including claims for delay, disruption, prolongation, breach of contract, breach of trust, geotechnical claims, permits, licenses, and approvals, access to lands, COVID-19, negligent/fraudulent misrepresentation, and surety bond claims.

She has significant experience working on a variety of projects including large-scale public infrastructure projects including multi-billion-dollar light rail transit projects, mine remediations, power plants, and wind farms. Cheryl also has experience in complex construction litigation proceedings, arbitration proceedings, and mediation and negotiation processes.

Robert Moore‘s practice involves all aspects of construction litigation. He has also litigated diverse commercial, professional liability, and personal injury matters.

His varied experience allows him to assist in all manner of disputes. Rob’s familiarity with the Rules of Court and alternative dispute resolution options permit him to develop a unique litigation strategy for every client no matter how big or small the dispute. He is known for pragmatic problem solving in challenging situations while keeping his clients’ best interests and objectives top of mind.

Evan Rankin regularly acts for lawyers, directors, officers, and their companies in professional liability claims and shareholder disputes. As an experienced freedom of expression advocate, Evan has worked on human rights claims in both domestic and international forums.

A thorough, tough, and responsive litigator, Evan has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Ontario Securities Commission. Before joining the firm, Evan articled at the Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission, giving him special insight into a complex and growing area of litigation. He has since advised clients on the potential impact of securities laws to their businesses.

About Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is a Canadian national law firm that specializes in the construction and infrastructureinsurance, and real estate sectors.

The firm consistently ranks first among Canadian construction and infrastructure firms and features prominently in the delivery of commercial litigationcorporate-commercial and employment law services.

Sharon Vogel and James Little Named Winners of 2024 Lexology Client Choice Awards

Lexology announced the winners of their annual Client Choice Awards, and we are pleased to announce that named partner, Sharon Vogel has been exclusively named the top Construction Projects Lawyer in Ontario. James Little has been exclusively named the top Construction Lawyer in Ontario. Special thanks to our clients and peers for their feedback: www.clientchoice.com

These distinguished awards are based on an extensive survey of in-house counsel and independent market research conducted by Lexology. Through the surveys, clients are asked to rate lawyers in numerous areas of client service including: quality of legal advice, commercial awareness, industry knowledge, strategic thinking, billing transparency, tailored fee structures, value for money, responsiveness, and ethics, among others. To ensure that the results cannot be influenced, law firms are not informed when this initial round of research is conducted.

About Client Choice

Established in 2005, Client Choice recognizes those individuals around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for this recognition focus on an ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond the other players in the market. Uniquely, lawyers can be nominated only by corporate counsel.

About Lexology

Lexology delivers the most comprehensive source of international legal updates, analysis and insights. We publish in excess of 450 articles every day from over 900 leading law firms and service providers worldwide across 50 work areas in 25 languages. Our searchable archive contains more than 1,000,000 articles. Find out more at www.lexology.com.

About Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is a Canadian national law firm that specializes in the construction and infrastructure, insurance, and real estate sectors.

The firm consistently ranks first among Canadian construction and infrastructure firms and features prominently in the delivery of commercial litigation, corporate-commercial and employment law services.

James Little Recognized by Lexpert as a Rising Star

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is pleased to announce that Partner James Little has been recognized by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Rising Star in the 2023 edition. This award is given to an elite group of leading lawyers under 40 who have made outstanding contributions in their careers.

James Little is a Partner in the Construction and Infrastructure Practice Group at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP. For his expertise and reputation in construction law, James has been ranked by Lexpert, Chambers Global, Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation and Best Lawyers. These rankings are based on comments from his clients recognizing his “keen mind”, his “innovative” strategies, “impeccable” preparedness and “unmatched” work ethic.

As a leading practitioner in his field, James has developed a growing practice where he advises on domestic and international construction disputes, including court proceedings, negotiation, arbitration and other dispute resolution alternatives for a wide variety of construction industry clients. He regularly advises clients on a variety of different types of projects including major national and international infrastructure projects, mining projects, hospitals and commercial construction. James is often called upon to advise on construction projects during the pre-construction, design and construction phases, including advice in respect of risk mitigation, dispute avoidance and claims management. His focus is on providing a high level of service through effective and timely advice and advocacy while managing and resolving disputes.

James is also a committed contributor within the construction bar. He is the current Vice-Chair of the Society of Construction Law of North America and a member of the Ontario Bar Association Construction and Infrastructure Executive. James is focused on developing himself as a thought leader by providing perspectives in respect of construction law in Canada through his work on case notes, papers and journal articles.

In his spare time, James enjoys exploring Ontario with his two primary-age boys.

About the Lexpert Rising Stars Awards

The Lexpert Rising Stars Awards honour leading lawyers under 40 from law firms, in-house departments, and other legal practices. Members of the legal profession in Canada are invited to nominate qualified lawyers who have made outstanding contributions in their careers thus far, with an advisory board voting on winning candidates. The winners were honoured at a celebratory dinner in their honour on November 23, 2023 in Toronto.

About Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is a Canadian national law firm that specializes in the construction and infrastructure, insurance, and real estate sectors.

The firm consistently ranks first among Canadian construction and infrastructure firms and features prominently in the delivery of commercial litigation, corporate-commercial and employment law services.

We are known for delivering exceptional legal services. From conversation to persuasion, from contracts to the courtroom, we are driven to meet our clients’ objectives.

Singleton Reynolds Top Ranked by Legal 500

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP has been ranked in the top tier for construction law (Band 1) by Legal 500.

Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel were listed in the Hall of Fame, recognizing the top lawyers in Canadian construction law. Stuart B. Hankinson K.C. was listed as a Leading Individual, with Jesse Gardner and James Little named as Next Generation Partners.

About Legal 500

For 34 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions, with research based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers, compiled by a team of researchers who have unrivalled experience in the legal market.

About Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is a Canadian national law firm that specializes in the construction and infrastructure, insurance, and real estate sectors.

The firm consistently ranks first among Canadian construction and infrastructure firms and features prominently in the delivery of commercial litigation, corporate-commercial and employment law services.

Singleton Reynolds Named One of Canada’s Best Law Firms

Singleton Reynolds is proud to announce our inclusion in the third edition of The Globe and Mail’s “Canada’s Best Law Firms.” In partnership with Statista, this Report on Business Magazine feature spotlights the top law firms that were most highly recommended for providing excellent client service by clients and others in the legal field.

Singleton Reynolds was recognized in the areas of ‘Construction’ and ‘Infrastructure Projects’.

The list of Canada’s Best Law Firms is based on over 10,000 recommendations from lawyers and clients.  The full listing can be found here: www.globeandmail.com

Cheryl Labiris Recognized by On-Site Magazine as “Top 40 Under 40 in Canadian Construction”

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is proud to announce that Cheryl Labiris has been selected as one of the top 40 young professionals in the construction sector in Canada, as part of On-Site Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in Canadian Construction awards, presented in partnership with SitePartners.

This award celebrates the accomplishments of young construction professionals who are making an immediate impact by helping to advance the industry as a whole.

Cheryl works exclusively in the Construction and Infrastructure Practice Group and has a very broad and diverse practice acting for all members in the construction pyramid including owners, general contractors, subcontractors/suppliers, sureties, architects, engineers, designers, and consultants on a vast range of construction claims including claims for delay, disruption, prolongation, breach of contract, breach of trust, geotechnical claims, permits, licenses, and approvals, access to lands, COVID-19, negligent/fraudulent misrepresentation, and surety bond claims.

Cheryl has significant experience working on a variety of projects including large-scale public infrastructure projects including multi-billion-dollar light rail transit projects, mine remediations, power plants, and wind farms. Cheryl also has experience in complex construction litigation proceedings, arbitration proceedings, and mediation and negotiation processes.

About On-Site Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40

On-Site’s 2023 Top 40 Under 40 in Canadian Construction have been selected by a panel of judges based on professional achievements, innovation, leadership, and community involvement. The listing features individuals both on and off-site who are helping advance complex infrastructure projects, implementing, or launching powerful software tools to increase on-site safety, and building communities for families to thrive in, and are a promising reflection of where the Canadian construction industry is heading.

About Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is a Canadian national law firm that specializes in the construction and infrastructure, insurance, and real estate sectors.

The firm consistently ranks first among Canadian construction and infrastructure firms and features prominently in the delivery of commercial litigation, corporate-commercial and employment law services.

Singleton Reynolds Recognized as a Top Law Firm by Chambers Canada

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is recognized in the Top Tier by Chambers Canada. This year, the firm continues to be ranked Band 1 in the construction law category, and is also being recognized for insurance and dispute resolution.

Throughout the research process, the firm received exceptional client feedback:

A premier construction boutique offering excellent bench strength with expertise pertaining to project development, claims and disputes, and construction arbitration. The group represents an enviable roster of municipalities, public authorities and international clients across public and private developments. The practice is frequently called upon as counsel across a range of sectors including energy, transport and public infrastructure. The firm is further distinguished for its work on the development of federal legislation.

A Client enthused:

“The firm excels in giving excellent advice based on deep legal knowledge and true subject matter expertise. Sources praise “Their knowledge of construction law and experience in construction claim litigation.

The following lawyers were listed: Bruce Reynolds (Construction, Band 1; Dispute Resolution: Arbitration), Sharon Vogel (Construction, Band 1; Dispute Resolution: Arbitration), John Singleton, K.C. (Construction, Band 1), Stuart B. Hankinson, K.C. (Construction, Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators), Peter Wardle (Litigation: General Commercial), James Little (Construction), Jesse Gardner (Construction, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration), Webnesh Haile (Construction – Associate to Watch), and Nicholas Reynolds (Construction – Associate to Watch).

About Chambers Global

Published since 1990, Chambers and Partners’ guides rank the best law firms and lawyers across 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. Rankings are based on independent and objective research, and peer and client reviews. Chambers Canada rates law firms and lawyers in more than 40 practice areas in all provinces and territories in Canada.

About Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is a Canadian national law firm that specializes in the construction and infrastructure, insurance, and real estate sectors.

The firm consistently ranks first among Canadian construction and infrastructure firms and features prominently in the delivery of commercial litigation, corporate-commercial and employment law services.

We are known for delivering exceptional legal services. From conversation to persuasion, from contracts to the courtroom, we are driven to meet our clients’ objectives.

Bruce Reynolds: The OBA Award of Excellence

On September 14 at a gala dinner held in his honour, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel Co-Managing Partner, Bruce Reynolds, received the 2023 Ontario Bar Association Construction & Infrastructure Law Award of Excellence. The Award was presented by his long-time Partner and friend, Sharon Vogel, recognizing Bruce’s exceptional contributions both to the law and to the construction industry.

Bruce was raised in Huntsville, Ontario, in the Muskoka district, at the time a small town with a population of 2,000. He entered Victoria College at the University of Toronto in 1974, his father’s alma mater, to study English Literature. He graduated from the University of Toronto Law School in 1981.

Bruce began his legal career as an articling student at Borden & Elliot, the Toronto predecessor entity to Borden Ladner Gervais. Following this he was hired back by the firm as an Associate in 1983 — one of only two in his class of 12 — to work with Dr. Carl Morawetz, the leading insolvency lawyer in Canada and an original co-author of Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law of Canada. In late 1985, Bruce began working with Ken Scott, a leading expert in the area of surety bonding.

These experiences, and the foundational mentoring he was afforded, had a strong influence on Bruce’s path to becoming a construction lawyer. His work with Ken Scott during the depths of the two 1980s recessions provided a strong pipeline of opportunities and piqued his passion for the construction industry. Says Bruce, “from our basis in surety, we developed a strength in construction law generally, and together conceived the idea to grow the footprint of the practice to include pure construction disputes.”

Bruce’s development as a construction lawyer over the next few decades is well documented, as evidenced by the awards that adorn his office, and the list of satisfied clients who make him their first call when they are in need of counsel. He points to a casual comment made to him by Carl Morawetz many years ago: “Reynolds, you’re going to be a great success; not because you’re smart, but because you’re lucky.

Bruce carries these words with him to this day. “Brains are table stakes” he explains. “There are many smart people out there, but smart is not enough. You have to work like a Trojan; but that is still not enough. You have to be lucky!”

Luck is in the people you work with”, he continues. “And it’s in the opportunities that come your way,” although he omits mentioning his role in bringing out the very best in those people, as well as his track record of knocking those opportunities out of the park when called to the plate.

After 37 years building one of Canada’s premiere construction practice groups, Bruce decided to leave behind the security of a successful practice in favour of a bright new challenge. And on January 1, 2018, alongside Sharon Vogel, Bruce joined Singleton Urquhart with a vision to create a dream team and establish the firm as the premiere Construction Law practice in Canada, and one of the premiere practices in the world.

Mission accomplished! Since establishing the office only five and a half years ago, Singleton Reynolds’ Toronto Construction Practice has grown from just four lawyers to 20, who represent high profile clients on matters valued up to hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars. And the future could not be brighter.

True to form, Bruce points to the quality of the team as responsible for the success. “Building from a base of four very committed and hard-working lawyers to a platform of 20 would not have been possible without the very strong and consistent support of our Toronto office, and the unwavering support of our Vancouver office, and in particular our founder, John Singleton.”

Bruce also points to continuing engagement and reinvention as keys to his long-term success, and who could argue? Here, he provides the examples of his involvement in the Canadian and American Colleges of Construction Lawyers, the International Bar Association and the International Academy of Construction Lawyers. Not content with resting on past achievements, he hints at the next chapter, which involves continuing his counsel practice while also working in dispute resolution, with a focus on the mediation and arbitration of construction disputes.

It will allow me to continue my counsel work, which I love, and to continue to help build the firm, and enjoy the benefits of collegiality and camaraderie with my colleagues, which I also cherish.” A win-win for all.

Congratulations Bruce on winning the 2023 Ontario Bar Association Construction & Infrastructure Law Award of Excellence, from all your friends and colleagues at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel!

Singleton Reynolds Top Ranked by Best Lawyers Canada®

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is proud to be top ranked once again by Best Lawyers Canada®, with 21 lawyers listed in multiple categories, showcasing SR’s depth and breadth of expertise.

Ranked lawyers are listed in their respective practice areas:

Jane Ingman Baker (Construction Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability Practice, Insurance Law)

Steve Berezowskyj (Construction Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law)

Clive Boulton (Personal Injury Litigation)

David Edinger (Entertainment Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation)

Catherine Gleason-Mercier (Construction Law)

Webnesh Haile (Construction Law)

Stuart Hankinson, K.C. (Construction Law, Insurance Law)

Bob Hodgins (Construction Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation)

Kathryn Kirkpatrick (Insurance Law)

Cheryl Labiris (Construction Law)

Seema Lal (Construction Law, Insurance Law)

James Little (Construction Law)

Robert Moore (Insurance Law)

Bruce Reynolds (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction Law, Insurance Law, International Arbitration)

Elizabeth (Betsy) Segal (Construction Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law)

John Singleton, K.C. (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Product Liability Law, Public Procurement Law, Transportation Law)

Mark Stacey (Corporate and Commercial Litigation)

Sharon Vogel (Administrative and Public Law, Construction Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Public Procurement Law)

Steve M. Vorbrodt (Construction Law, Insurance Law)

Peter Wardle (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability Practice, Professional Malpractice Law, Securities Law)

2024 “Ones to Watch”

Quinlan Winton (Corporate Law)

About Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers® has published their list for over three decades, with the first international list published in 2006. Since then, it has grown to provide lists in over 65 countries. Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in Canada® list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

About Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is a Canadian national law firm that specializes in the construction and infrastructure, insurance, and real estate sectors.

The firm consistently ranks first among Canadian construction and infrastructure firms and features prominently in the delivery of commercial litigation, corporate-commercial and employment law services.

Singleton Reynolds Welcomes New Associates

Singleton Reynolds is pleased to announce the arrival of seven new Associates to the firm.

Lauren Dinwoodie headshotLauren Dinwoodie is an Associate in the Commercial and Business Litigation, and Construction and Infrastructure Law Practice Groups. She maintains a broad litigation practice, with a particular focus on shareholder disputes, construction and estate litigation, and commercial leasing disputes.

 

 

 

Erik Grobler is an Associate in the Commercial and Business Litigation and Insurance Practice Groups. He recently moved to British Columbia from South Africa, where he practiced as both a solicitor and barrister in various fields of law, most notably commercial and business litigation.

 

 

 

Sohil Heydari headshotSohil Heydari is an Associate in the Construction and Infrastructure, Insurance, Employment, and Entertainment Law Practice Groups. He handles complex contractual disputes, related to construction claims for compensation, delays, extra work, and builders’ lien issues. He also has experience with insurance issues such as coverage and subrogation claims, as well as various employment issues including wrongful dismissal and work-from-home privacy issues.

 

 

Kathryn Irwin revised headshotKathryn Irwin is an Associate in the Construction and Infrastructure, Commercial and Business Litigation, and Insurance Practice Groups, where she focuses on construction and infrastructure dispute-related work.

 

 

 

 

Nicole Krige headshotNicole M. Krige is an Associate in the Commercial and Business Litigation, Insurance and Estates Practice Groups. Prior to being called in British Columbia, she practiced as a barrister for a number of years in South Africa, specializing in civil litigation. Nicole has a wealth of experience in all stages of litigation and has represented an array of corporate, state, and other clients throughout her years in practice.

 

 

Harry Meiteen - headshot.Harry Meiteen is an Associate in the Construction and Infrastructure Practice Group. He maintains a diverse construction law practice and has worked with various stakeholders within the construction industry, including owners, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, and engineers. Called to the bar in both Ontario and British Columbia, Harry has assisted senior counsel in litigating complex claims for lien, as well as claims for breach of contract, breach of trust, delay, deficiencies, and extras.

 

 

Rachel Poon headshotRachel Poon is an Associate in the Construction and Infrastructure, Commercial and Business Litigation, and Insurance Practice Groups, where she maintains a broad construction litigation practice with experience relating to a wide range of disputes.

 

 

 

Sharon Vogel Named Construction Litigator of the Year and Featured in Benchmark’s Top Women in Litigation

Benchmark Litigation has again recognized Sharon Vogel as one of the Top Women in Litigation in its annual publication. She was also named Construction Litigator of the Year for Canada for the third consecutive year.

The Top Women in Litigation publication’s extensive research process, which encompasses six months of investigation into the individual litigator’s professional activities as well as client feedback surveys and individual interviews, has culminated in the selection of the most distinguished women in the world of litigation. These women have earned their place amongst the leading female litigators by participating in some of the most impactful litigation matters in recent history as well as by earning the hard-won respect of their peers and clients. Though they hail from widely different practice areas, they all share the distinction of being recognized as top players in their respective fields.

Lawyers named to the 2023 publication were chosen through several phases of research: namely, the review of their recent case work, peer review in which we consider how lawyers at peer legal institutions might rank them, and a consideration of client feedback on their performances.

In addition to this honour, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP also enjoys a number of firm-wide rankings and further individual lawyer recognition by Benchmark Litigation. For more information please see here.

About Benchmark Canada

Benchmark Canada recognizes the top litigation lawyers and firms across the country for the significance of their cases. The results listed are based on extensive interviews with litigators and their clients. For more information, please visit Benchmark Litigation.

About Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is a Canadian national law firm that specializes in the construction and infrastructure, insurance, and real estate sectors.

The firm consistently ranks first among Canadian construction and infrastructure firms and features prominently in the delivery of commercial litigation, corporate-commercial and employment law services.

Daniel Barber, Jesse Gardner and James Little featured in Benchmark’s 40 and Under Hot List

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is proud to announce that partners Daniel BarberJesse Gardner and James Little have been included in the 2023 edition of Benchmark’s 40 and Under Hot List.

Each year, the Benchmark team sets out to find the best and brightest law firm partners who stand out in their practices throughout Canada and the United States. This prestigious recognition highlights ambitious and accomplished lawyers under 40 who are performing at the peak of their expertise, and who have made outstanding contributions to their industry.

Daniel Barber is a practical litigator who strives to solve his clients’ legal problems effectively and efficiently. He specializes in the areas of insurance defence, professional liability, construction, and collections. In his insurance work, Dan represents insureds in claims made by third parties and also represents insurers in first party coverage claims, bad faith claims, and recovery matters. Outside of his insurance work, Dan assists his clients to successfully navigate through complex litigation including litigated and pre-litigation construction claims, all manners of collections work, including garnishment and execution against both real and personal property, and leasing disputes. Dan has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia and regularly represents clients at chambers, trials, mediations and arbitrations.

Jesse Gardner advises a wide range of construction industry clients, including owners, general contractors, engineers and sureties in relation to major construction and infrastructure projects on issues such as delay and deficiency claims, fee disputes, and insurance matters.  His practice focuses on effective dispute resolution, advisory work and strong written and oral advocacy. He has managed complex disputes on large-scale infrastructure projects including light rail train systems, waste-water treatment and power plants, wind farms, highway construction and mining projects. He has experience managing delay and subject matter experts through the litigation process and has assisted clients through arbitration and litigation proceedings.

James Little advises his clients in relation to complex domestic and international construction disputes, including in respect of court proceedings, negotiation, arbitration and other dispute resolution alternatives and for a wide variety of construction industry clients. In particular, James has advised clients of all sizes and on a variety of different types of projects including on major national and international infrastructure projects, mining projects, hospitals, commercial and residential construction. His focus is on providing a high level of service through effective and timely advice and advocacy, while managing and resolving disputes. James is often called upon to advise on construction projects during the design and construction phase, and also provides ongoing advice in respect of dispute avoidance and claims management.

These recognitions are a testament to the exceptional legal expertise at all levels within our firm, which allows our lawyers to go above and beyond for each and every client.

About Benchmark Canada

Benchmark Canada recognizes the top litigation lawyers and firms across the country for the significance of their cases. The results listed are based on extensive interviews with litigators and their clients. For more information, please visit Benchmark Litigation.

About Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is a Canadian national law firm that specializes in the construction and infrastructure, insurance, and real estate sectors.

The firm consistently ranks first among Canadian construction and infrastructure firms and features prominently in the delivery of commercial litigation, corporate-commercial and employment law services.

Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel Release Second Edition of A Guide to Canadian Construction Insurance Law

Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel have published the second edition of A Guide to Canadian Construction Insurance Law, published by Thomson Reuters. It covers new and important developments since the first edition was published in 2013.

This book is a key risk management tool for participants in the Canadian construction industry and lawyers as it provides a comprehensive review of the many types of insurance products applicable to Canadian construction projects and summarizes relevant case law. It is written in plain language and is accessible. It is based on the authors’ extensive experience in respect of construction insurance.

This resource covers the key insurance policies critical to any construction project, including:

  • Builder’s risk policies
  • Commercial general liability policies
  • Professional liability policies
  • Boiler and machinery policies
  • Contractor’s equipment policies
  • Pollution insurance
  • Bonds and default insurance

With the new edition, readers will benefit from a thorough analysis of updated case law throughout the text, including the Supreme Court of Canada’s watershed decision in Ledcor Construction Ltd. v. Northbridge Indemnity Insurance Co., as well as a host of decisions from courts of appeal across Canada.

The book also features significant updates to the commentary, including most notably in sections on Conditions and Warranties, Subrogation, Policy Interpretation, Builders’ Risk Policies, the Resultant Damage Exception, the relationship between CGL Coverage and Builders’ Risk Coverage, Pollution Insurance, Coverage for Additional Insureds, and Relief from Forfeiture, along with several brand new sections including but not limited to the Reasonable Expectations of the Parties, and the Priority of Concurrent Policies.

For more information on the second edition and to purchase, click here.

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP Welcomes New Associate, David Leck

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is pleased to welcome new associate David Leck to the firm.

David Leck is an Associate in the Construction and Infrastructure Practice Group at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP.

David’s practice focuses on all facets of the construction industry, acting for owners, general contractors, sureties, architects, engineers, design professionals and consultants. He advocates and advises on claims for delay, deficiencies, breach of contract and insurance matters, as well as construction lien and breach of trust actions. David also enjoys working with clients and subject matter experts on complex technical issues – always seeking to achieve a reasonable and cost-effective resolution.

Where disputes cannot be resolved, David has the experience and expertise to serve as a zealous advocate for his clients, having appeared regularly before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, as well as various administrative boards and tribunals.

Who’s Who Legal Highlights Singleton Reynolds Lawyers and Names North America’s Best Construction Law Global Thought Leaders from the Firm

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is proud to announce that six of its lawyers have been featured in Who’s Who Legal Canada: 2023.  John SingletonBruce ReynoldsSharon VogelStephen BerezowskyjJesse Gardner and James Little have been named leading lawyers in the area of construction law. Bruce and Sharon have also been named North America’s Best Construction Law Global Thought Leaders.

Please join us in congratulating our esteemed practitioners:

John Singleton, K.C. has real expertise in construction law. He excels in complex and challenging construction disputes.”

Bruce Reynolds is a strategic thinker who is able to find practical solutions to complex problems. He has a vast knowledge of surety and construction law. He is Canada’s top construction lawyer.”

Sharon Vogel  is a very hard working and intelligent construction lawyer. She is an internationally respected counsel and a brilliant advocate.”

Stephen Berezowskyj is a deeply experienced lawyer. He possesses extensive knowledge of construction, scheduling and delay matters.”

Jesse Gardner is a professional, approachable and extremely knowledgeable lawyer. He has the ability to turn things around very quickly. He is an amazing practitioner.” (Future Leader)

James Little is a keen-minded lawyer with clear strategies to advocate for his clients. He has deep experience and knowledge of the infrastructure sector. He is a rising star with a bright future.” (Future Leader)

Who’s Who Legal identifies the foremost legal practitioners in 35 areas of business law around the globe. Who’s Who Legal: Canada is a special report by the publication that provides an in-depth analysis of the Canadian legal market. For more information, please visit Who’s Who Legal.

About Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is a Canadian national law firm that specializes in the Construction and Infrastructure, Insurance, and Real Estate sectors.

The firm consistently ranks first among Canadian construction and infrastructure firms and features prominently in the delivery of Commercial Litigation, Corporate-Commercial and Employment Law services.

Singleton Reynolds Contributes Construction Chapter to Lexology’s Global Getting the Deal Through Series

Bruce ReynoldsSharon VogelNicholas Reynolds and Natasha Rodrigues provide a comprehensive overview of construction law in Canada as part of Lexology’s global Getting the Deal Through series. The construction (Canada) chapter is now available online and in print.

Lexology’s Getting The Deal Through provides international expert analysis in key areas of law, practice and regulation for corporate counsel, cross-border legal practitioners, and company directors and officers. Throughout this edition, and following the unique Lexology GTDT format, the same key questions are answered by leading practitioners in each of the jurisdictions featured.

This easy-to-use reference guide provides comparative analysis and expert local insight into the field, offering detailed overview of the laws, regulations and common procedure across a range of international jurisdictions. In addition to construction, topics covered include: local insights on foreign entry into the local market; licensing procedures; competition and bribery considerations; contract and insurance matters (including PPP and PFI; joint ventures; tort claims; and indemnity); labour and closure of operations; rights to payment; force majeure; dispute resolution mechanisms; environmental law; applicable investment treaties, tax treaties, currency controls, and revenue, profit and investment removal controls; and recent trends.

About Lexology

Lexology delivers the most comprehensive source of international legal updates, analysis and insights. Lexology publishes in excess of 450 articles every day from over 900 leading law firms and service providers worldwide across 50 work areas in 25 languages. Lexology’s searchable archive now contains more than 900,000 articles.

Bruce Reynolds Receives Hall of Fame Award, Sharon Vogel Named Construction Litigator of the Year at 2023 Benchmark Canada Awards

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is proud to congratulate named partners Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel on their success at the 2023 Benchmark Canada Awards Gala. Bruce Reynolds received the coveted Hall of Fame award, one of the most prestigious honours in the industry recognizing exceptional lawyers who have made significant contributions to the legal profession, and the community as a whole. Sharon Vogel was named Canadian Construction Lawyer of the Year (for the third year in a row). These awards highlight the outstanding results the firm has achieved for its clients.

Singleton Reynolds is also proud to announce that 19 of its lawyers appear in Benchmark the 2023 edition of Benchmark Canada, an annual directory recognizing Canada’s leading litigators. These lawyers were awarded “Litigation Stars” across various practice areas.

Clients said the following about these lawyers and the firm:

“They are absolutely the first call for construction litigation. …The firm has a …dense combined pool of talent, ranging from senior statesmen to future stars and no shortage of star power in between. One satisfied client testifies, “The lawyers at Singleton Reynolds have a winning mentality. Their knowledge and experience are vast, their work ethic is staggering. They are terrific at responding when needed, and at looking for innovative solutions. They are the consummate professionals but have a very friendly and easygoing manner. Working with this firm is an absolute pleasure,” according to the most recent Benchmark analysis.

Benchmark’s analysis of the firm can be found here.

Congratulations to the following Singleton Reynolds lawyers on their successful inclusion in Benchmark Canada 2023:

Daniel  Barber

Stephen Berezowskyj

Clive Boulton

David Edinger

Jesse Gardner

Catherine Gleason-Mercier

Stuart Hankinson, KC

Robert Hodgins

Jane Ingman Baker

Ronald Josephson

James Little

Avon Mersey, KC

Bruce Reynolds

Melanie Samuels

Betsy Segal

John Singleton, KC

Mark Stacey

Sharon Vogel

Peter Wardle

Benchmark Canada recognizes the top litigation lawyers and firms across the country for the significance of their cases. The results listed are based on extensive interviews with litigators and their clients. For more information, please visit Benchmark Litigation.

About Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Singleton Reynolds is a preeminent Canadian construction and infrastructure law firm. Our peers and clients recognize our lawyers as the best in the construction industry. Over forty years of leadership in Canadian construction and infrastructure law is complemented by a broad offering of legal services, with a focus on finding solutions to complex legal problems, and providing service excellence in our approach and execution. While the core of our business remains rooted in construction and infrastructure, we also offer our clients an extensive range of legal services in the fields of commercial litigation, professional liability, product liability, corporate commercial law, commercial real estate, employment and labour law and business immigration.