Professional Background

Jesse 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.

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. 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.

Education

  • Called to the Manitoba Bar: 2019
  • 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

Memberships

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

Community + Volunteering

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

Publications

  • 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”

Presentations

  • 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