Bruce Reynolds is sought after for his experience advising on construction mandates. One source appreciated that he was “able to explain complicated concepts in a simple way, citing practical examples based on his extensive relevant experiences.” He is often cited for his in-depth expertise in construction liens and prompt payment.

Chambers Global

Bruce Reynolds is one of Canada’s most esteemed and impressive legal minds; he is a leader in the construction disputes space.

Who’s Who Legal

Bruce is a meticulous, professional and absolutely innovative individual.

Canadian Lawyer

One of the best regarded lawyers internationally… lauded both for his disputes work and his drafting and negotiation of construction contracts.

Who's Who Legal

The very cerebral Bruce Reynolds is “one of the first people that comes to mind for any dispute in Canada” with sources highlighting him as a “distinguished advocate and an experienced arbitrator. He continues to be regarded as one of the foremost construction practitioners in the world”.

Who's Who Legal

Professional Background

Bruce Reynolds is a Partner in our Construction and Infrastructure practice group and Co-Chair of our International Construction Projects Group.

Bruce specializes in the resolution of construction claims, liens, surety bond claims, insurance claims, product liability issues, and architects’ and engineers’ E & O issues, as well as project procurement and contracts for industrial and infrastructure projects such as public private partnerships, and construction, engineering, architectural, and equipment supply contracts.

Bruce acted as co-counsel for the Ontario Government in conducting a review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act and prepared a report, Striking the Balance: Expert Review of the Construction Lien Act. He and Sharon Vogel then worked closely with the Ministry of the Attorney General in drafting The New Construction Act which included 98 out of the 101 recommendations presented in their report. This Act introduced prompt payment and adjudication which is a significant development for the construction industry.

Bruce is a Certified Specialist in Construction Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a Fellow of both the Canadian and American Colleges of Construction Lawyers, and past Co-Chair of the International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association. He currently serves as Vice-President of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers.

Education

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1983
  • LLB, University of Toronto, 1981
  • BA, University of Toronto (Victoria College), 1978

Rankings + Recognitions

Recent Awards and Recognitions

  • Awarded the 2018 Jock Tindale Award for Integrity in the Construction Industryby Ontario General Contractors Association
  • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal as Global Construction Lawyer of the Year 2018, and also 2014
  • Recipient of a 2017 award from the Council of Ontario Construction Associations for outstanding contributions to the construction industry
  • Recognized by the 2017 Benchmark CanadaAwards as Construction Litigator of the Year
  • Recognized as one of 2017’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine
  • Recipient of the 2016 Toronto Construction Associations’ Donald P. Giffin, Sr. Construction Industry Achievement Award, an award presented to individuals who have benefited the construction industry through major contributions to its progress and development. Those considered for the award are distinguished by the exemplary dedication and leadership they have shown in pursuing the construction industry’s common goals and interests

Rankings

Memberships

  • Vice-President, International Academy of Construction Lawyers
  • Past Co-Chair, International Construction Projects Committee, International Bar Association
  • Past Governor, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Co-Chair, International Committee American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Founding Governor, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers; Immediate; President (2002-03)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • Associate Member, American Bar Association, Torts and Insurance Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee (FSLC); Vice-Chair, FSLC (1998-2001); Member, Forum on the Construction Industry (1994-present); Member, Steering Committee, Liens, Bonds and Insurance, Subsection, Forum on the Construction Industry (1995-96)
  • Representing owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration and litigation.
  • Drafting and negotiating various forms of construction contracts on behalf of owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.
  • Representing surety bonding companies in claims related to construction projects, including performance bond claims and labour and material payment bond claims.
  • Advising construction clients in respect of construction projects in Canada, the United States and internationally.
  • Managing construction cases involving multiple parties and large volumes of documents, including counsel to:
    • A general contractor in respect of a direct strip production complex, defending 56 Claims for Lien aggregating in excess of CDN$80 Million.
    • An EPCM Project Manager in a CDN$300 Million ICC Arbitration regarding an international mining dispute.
    • A joint venture Project Co in respect of its CDN$125 Million claim as Developer of a PPP Highway Project.
    • An EPC Contractor for a large hydro-electric project in respect of its CDN$100 Million cost over-run claim.
    • The owner of a state of the art ethanol distillery in respect of a major Million crossborder claim regarding project delay, the retrofitting of the distillery, and the completion of commissioning (called pro hac vice in the Western District of Kentucky in relation to one action associated with this retainer).
    • A surety in respect of a US$50 Million cross-border performance bond claim arising out of a high-rise luxury condominium project in New York City.
    • A large institutional owner regarding the CDN$50 Million total cost claim of its general contractor.
    • A major hospital defending 36 Claims for Lien aggregating in excess of CDN$50 Million.
    • A design-build subcontractor in a CDN$47 million lien litigation in respect of a major sports facility.
    • A mechanical and electrical subcontractor in respect of its CDN$30 Million claim related to wrongful termination.
    • A major hospital regarding the CDN$25 Million total cost claim of its general contractor.
    • A surety in respect of the restructuring of a bus manufacturer with contracts for the production of 800 transit buses in Canada and the United States.
    • An EPC Contractor in respect of a major claim arising out of the boiler refurbishment program for a nuclear generating facility.
    • A condominium corporation and its unit owners relating to the recovery of an amount sufficient to remediate a luxury condominium’s seriously leaking building envelope.

Publications

Legal Textbooks

  • Co-Author, A Guide to Canadian Construction Insurance Law, Carswell, (with Sharon Vogel)
  • Co-Author, Construction Builders’ and Mechanics’ Liens in Canada, 7th Edition (two volumes), Carswell
  • Co-Author, Scott and Reynolds on Surety Bonds (two volumes, supplemented twice annually), Carswell, (with K.W. Scott, QC)

Additional Publications

  • Co-Author, “Security of Payment in the Construction Industry: Does International Experience Provide a Crystal Ball for North America?,” Construction Law Journal, November 2018
  • Co-Author,  A New Construction Act – What Has Changed and How Will It Affect P3 Projects?, Lexpert Special Edition on Infrastructure, September 2018
  • Featured, “CEO Power Breakfast, Striking a fine balance – The two masterminds behind the Lien Act Review discuss the challenges in balancing freedom of contract with the need for more regulation,” Builders’ Digest
  • Co-Author, “Getting the Deal Through: Construction “, Law Business Research Ltd,. Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through: Construction, (contributing editors: Robert S Peckar and Michael S Zicherman, Peckar & Abramson PC)
  • Author, “The Fog of War,” Construction Law Letter, Volume 30, Number 4
  • Author, “Insurance issues relevant to cranes,” Lawyers Weekly, (with Sharon Vogel)
  • Author, “The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the Construction Sector and the Construction Bar”, Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Author, “An Analysis of Tercon Contractors Ltd. v. British Columbia: Or, If It Walks Like a Duck,” International Construction Law Review, (with Sharon Vogel)

Presentations

  • Speaker, “Ontario’s New Construction Act: Transitioning and Applying the Modernization Provisions,” Osgoode Hall Professional Development Program, December 2018
  • Co-Chair and Presenter, “The New Construction Act: What you Need to Know,” Lexpert® Executive Course, November 2018
  • Co-Speaker, “Focus on Forward: Doing Things Better or Doing Things Differently,” 3rd Engineering and Construction of Mining Projects Conference, November 2018
  • Co-Speaker, “Termination issues: action for damages versus actions for wrongful termination”, International Bar Conference, October 2018
  • Speaker, “Introduction of the Interim Adjudication System,”3rd Annual Managing Risk in Construction Contracts and Projects, February 2018
  • Co-Speaker, “Ontario Construction Lien Act Reform,”91st Annual ORBA Convention & AGM, February 2018
  • Speaker, “Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce,” The Senate of Canada
  • Speaker, “Construction Lien Act – Report Overview,” Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, September, 2016
  • Co-Chair, Unlocking Disputes: Construction Topics from the American and Canadian Colleges of Construction Law, London
  • Guest Lecturer, “International Contracting,” University of Melbourne Law School Masters Program in Construction Law
  • Speaker, “The Future of Construction Law is not what it used to be,” Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Annual Conference, San Francisco
  • Presenter, “The Collaborative Settlement of Construction Disputes,” Fourth International Construction Law Conference, Melbourne, Australia