Professional Background

Jesse Gardner is an Associate in our Construction and Infrastructure and Commercial Litigation practice groups. Jesse advises clients on construction disputes and commercial matters, including court proceedings, mediation and arbitration, on behalf of a wide variety of construction industry clients. He has represented owners, consultants and contractors in matters including complex delay claims, fee disputes and project deficiencies issues. Jesse also advises his clients on commercial and regulatory matters including contract disputes and professional negligence claims.

Jesse has appeared before both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, as well as before various administrative boards and tribunals.  He specializes in complex construction disputes and professional negligence claims against engineers, architects and doctors. Jesse aims to assist clients in resolving disputes efficiently and cost-effectively, although he is an aggressive advocate when attending court to secure results for his clients.

Prior to joining the firm Jesse summered and articled with a major national firm and was engaged as an associate for a Toronto construction boutique.


  • Bachelor of Arts with an Honours Specialization in Political Science, University of Western Ontario: 2008
  • Juris Doctor, University of Windsor: 2013
  • Called to the Ontario Bar: 2014


  • Society of Construction Law North America
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Toronto Construction Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Advocates’ Society

Community + Volunteering

Jesse is a Big Brother with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto.


  • Author, “Managing Utilities Risk in Urban Transit Infrastructure Projects”, ReNew Canada Magazine
  • Co-Author, “Duty to Notify Bond Beneficiaries: Valard Construction v. Bird Construction 2018 SCC 8”


  • Speaker, “The New Construction Act: Adjudication”, Brampton: What Municipalities Need To Know Seminar 2019
  • Speaker, “Adjudication Primer” and “Prompt Payment – Practical Considerations”, Ontario Road Builders’ Association Workshop 2019
  • Speaker, “Managing the Legalities of Risk in Geotechnical Engineering”, The Canadian Geotechnical Society – Southern Ontario Section Workshop 2019
  • Speaker, “The New Construction Act: What You Need to Know,” Lexpert® Conference 2018