Sharon Vogel concentrates her practice on dispute resolution, representing owners, contractors and developers before all levels of court. She also capably handles ADR, such as mediation. Market observers highlight her experience and knowledge of the space.

Chambers Global

Sharon Vogel receives widespread praise for her expertise in construction disputes related to infrastructure matters.

Who’s Who Legal

Sharon is a leading voice and changemaker in construction law. She is authoritative, engaged and dedicated.

 

Canadian Lawyer Magazine

Sharon Vogel is a “first-rate construction lawyer” who is recognized for her extensive expertise in construction disputes, which spans litigation as well as mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Who's Who Legal

Rankings

Sharon Vogel is top-ranked by Leading Global Rankings Agencies and Directories.

Professional Background

Sharon Vogel has been recognized for her success at settling disputes relating to large-scale infrastructure, industrial and commercial projects, as well as for her skills in drafting contracts on behalf of owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. Among the many professional acknowledgements she has recently received, she was recognized as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer, Who’s Who Legal rates her one of the top three construction lawyers in the country and Benchmark Litigation has named her one of the top 25 women in litigation.

Sharon is a partner at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP and co-chairs the firm’s construction and infrastructure practice group. Her expertise includes negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation of construction disputes, including construction liens, breach of contract, delays, surety bonds, construction insurance, and architects’ and engineers’ errors and omissions.

Sharon has served as counsel to both owners and design-builders to successfully manage large delay claims, and other legal issues on high-profile transportation and other infrastructure projects.

She is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, teaching the International Construction Law Masters course.

Together with her colleague Bruce Reynolds, she has played an important role in helping the Ontario government modernize the province’s construction law, which saw the first round of amendments recently come into effect. The pair reviewed the previous Construction Lien Act for the Ministry of the Attorney General, a process that involved consulting with more than 60 provincial stakeholders, and submitted a report with 101 recommendations – 98 of which were eventually included in the new legislation, the Construction Act. Among the changes to the legislation are the creation of a prompt payment framework and the introduction of a mandatory dispute resolution system.

Sharon was also retained as co-counsel by the federal government to assist in the introduction of new legislation on prompt payment and adjudication. She held discussions with industry stakeholders in ten provinces and one territory, and, last year, submitted the independent expert report “Building a Federal Framework for Prompt Payment and Adjudication.”

Over the course of her career, managing complex construction cases involving multiple parties, she has appeared at all levels of court, including the Ontario Superior Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. She is a prolific writer and avid speaker on a variety of legal subjects, ranging from dispute resolution and adjudication, to professional ethics and legislative reform.

Outside of the firm, Sharon serves as a board member of Habitat for Humanity in the Greater Toronto Area and is a former board member of Youth Challenge International. She has been both a rider and fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s Ride for Heart.

Education

• Bar Admission, Ontario
• Master of laws, University of Auckland
• Bachelor of laws, University of Toronto
• Bachelor of arts, McMaster University

Rankings + Recognitions

  • Ranked in the areas of Construction Law and Procurement Law by Best Lawyers® in Canada 2020.
  • Award of Excellence, 2019 (The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors “RICS” and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators “CIArb.”)
  • Recognized as a Leading Construction Lawyer (most frequently recommended) in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.
  • Recognized in Who’s Who Legal as one of the top three construction lawyers in Canada.
  • Recognized in Chambers Canada – Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Construction).
  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (construction law) as one of the most frequently recommended practitioners.
  • Recognized in the Lexpert® American Lawyer Guide as one of the leading 500 lawyers in Canada (Construction Law).
  • Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in the Lexpert® Special Edition on Infrastructure.
  • Ranked in the area of construction law by Best Lawyers® in Canada (2014 – 2019).
  • Recognized in Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law.
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ 4.6 out of 5 peer review rated.
  • Recognized in Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a “Litigation Star” and one of the top 25 women litigators in Canada.

Memberships

  • Fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers.
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • Certified specialist in construction law, Law Society of Upper Canada.
  • Member, International Bar Association, International Construction Projects Group.
  • Member, The Advocates’ Society.

Community + Volunteering

  • Board Member, Habitat for Humanity
  • Rider and Fundraiser, Ride for Heart 2011-2014
  • Former Board Member, Youth Challenge International
  • Represents owners and general contractors in dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration and litigation.
  • Drafts and negotiates construction contracts for owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.
  • Represents surety bonding companies, including in relation to performance bond claims and labour and material payment bond claims.
  • Advises construction clients on construction projects in Canada’s North.
  • Served as counsel to:
    • A general contractor, defending 56 claims for lien amounting to more than CDN$80-million.
    • An engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) project manager in a CDN$300-million arbitration regarding an international mining dispute.
    • A joint venture design-builder in respect of its CDN$200-million claim in relation to a public-private partnership highway project.
    • An engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for a large hydro-electric project seeking CDN$100-million for cost over-runs.
    • A large institutional owner regarding a CDN$180-million claim of its general contractor.
    • An owner in relation to a dispute over a supply contract valued at more than $800-million.

Publications

Books and Reports

  • Co-Author, “A Thousand Pounds a Word: Following Ledcor, Policy Wording Continues to Govern in Insurance Policy Disputes”, CCCL Legal Update, L.U. #151, March 2019
  • Co-Author, “A Report on the Introduction of Prompt Payment and Adjudication Legislation in The Province of Ontario”, ICLR, Volume 36, Part 1, January 2019
  • Co-Author, “Building a Federal Framework for Prompt Payment and Adjudication,” prepared for Public Services and Procurement Canada, 2018.
  • Co-Author, “Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act,” Independent Report to the Ministry of the Attorney General, 2016.
  • Co-Author, A Guide to Canadian Construction Insurance Law, Carswell, 2013.
  • Author, Chapter: “Construction Insurance,” Bullen, Leake & Jacob’s Canadian Precedents of Pleadings, Second Edition, 2013.
  • Co-Author, Chapter: “Canada,” Construction and Infrastructure Disputes (London: Globe Law and Business, 2013).
  • Author, Chapter: “Recent Developments in Construction Insurance,” Review of Construction Law: Recent Developments, Carswell, 2012.
  • Co-Author, “Getting the Deal Through: Construction 2017,” Law Business Research Ltd, 2008-17.
  • Co-Author, Doing Business, World Bank 2009-15 (with Bruce Reynolds).

Articles

  • Co-Author, “Managing Utilities Risk in Urban Transit Infrastructure Projects,” ReNew Canada Magazine
  • Co-Author, “A Thousand Pounds a Word: Following Ledcor, Policy Wording Continues to Govern in Insurance Policy Disputes”, CCCL Legal Update, L.U. #151, March 2019
  • Co-Author,“A Report on the Introduction of Prompt Payment and Adjudication Legislation in The Province of Ontario”, ICLR, Volume 36, Part 1, January 2019
  • Co-Author, “Security of Payment in the Construction Industry: Does International  Experience Provide a Crystal Ball for North America?,” Construction Law Journal, November 22, 2018.
  • Co-Author, “I Once Was Lost But Now I’m Found: Ontario Government to Amend the Construction Act via Bill 57, the Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act,” November 16, 2018.
  • Co-Author, “A New Construction Act – What Has Changed and How Will It Affect P3 Projects?,” Lexpert® Special Edition on Infrastructure, September 2018.
  • Co-Author, “Still a Little Lost in Transition?: the Construction Act Transition Provisions and the Regulations,” August 2, 2018.
  • Co-Author, “Duty to Notify Bond Beneficiaries: Valard Construction v. Bird Construction 2018 SCC 8,” July 19, 2018.
  • Co-Author, “Somewhat Lost in Transition?: A Review of the Intent and Operation of the Transition Period in Ontario’s Construction Act”, May 30, 2018.
  • “Co-Author, “Are Construction Defects Covered Property Damage in an Insurance Contract?,” Construction Law Letter, Volume 33 no. 5, 2017.
  • Co-Author, “Mind the Gap-Professional Liability Insurance and Possible Regulatory Changes to the Standard of Care,” Construction Law Letter, Volume 33 no. 3, 2017.
  • Co-Author, “Legal Aspects of Building Information Modelling: A World View (Part 1),” CLInt, December 2016.
  • Co-Author, “Changing the Legal Landscape of the Interpretation of Builder’s Risk Insurance Policies in Canada: Life after Ledcor,” Construction Law Letter, November/December 2016.
  • Author, “Evolution of Builder’s Risk Insurance in Canada: A Brave New World for Resulting Damages,” Journal of Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “Renovating Construction Liens,” The Lawyers Weekly, November 18, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “No Satisfaction: Limitations of Liability in Condo Deficiency Case,” online: Construction and Infrastructure Law Section, Ontario Bar Association, April 2014.
  • Author, “Condominium Construction Deficiencies — Buyer Beware,” building.ca, February 2014.
  • Co-Author, “The Legal Side of Green,” ReNew Canada, September 2013.
  • Co-Author, “What goes up sometimes comes down hard,” The Lawyers Weekly, June 7, 2013.
  • Author, “Green building risk: Insuring a green construction project,” Skylines, June 2013.
  • Author, “Ensuring projects are adequately insured key to project success,” Daily Commercial News, April 2013.
  • Author, “The “Hired Guns” have been silenced: Courts cracking down on the Admissibility of Expert Reports,” Nuts & Bolts, Volume 27, No. 2, February 2013.
  • Co-Author, “A Report on the Introduction of Prompt Payment and Adjudication: Legislation in The Province of Ontario” The International Construction Law Review, January 2019.

 

Features

  • Featured in “A Report on the Introduction of Prompt Payment and Adjudication: Legislation in The Province of Ontario”, International Construction Law Review Journal, January 21, 2019.
  • Interview, Women in Construction and How They’re Paving the Way, Osgoode PD Blog, November 2018.
  • Featured in “Adjudication justice analyzed at Osgoode Hall session,” Daily Commercial News, May 9, 2018.
  • “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.
  • GTA Construction Report, Women in Construction.
  • Law Practice Today, Meet the Women Rainmakers!

 

 

Presentations

  •  Co-Speaker, “Recent Developments in Prompt Payment and Adjudication”, Canadian College of Construction Lawyer (CCCL) 2019 Conference, May 31, 2019
  • Co-Speaker, “Prompt Payment Reforms Gather Momentum Across Canada,” Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb): 2019 Symposium – Construction Adjudication: Significant Change, May 29, 2019
  • “The New Adjudication Regine, What you Need to Know,” Society of Construction Lawyers of North America Special Presentation, April 2019
  • Speaker, “Ontario’s New Construction Act: Six Months In”, Ontario Road Builders Association Conference: Past Present Future, February 2019
  • Speaker, “Construction Defects Claims”, CDL Insurance Coverage Symposium, February 2019
  • Speaker, “Ontario’s New Construction Act: Modernization and Coming this Fall – Adjudication and Prompt Payment”, 92nd Annual ORBA Convention & AGM – Harmonizing the Future, February 2019
  • Speaker, “Ethics and Professionalism in Arbitration Advocacy,” Advocates’ Society ADR Advocacy: Advanced Techniques, December 2018
  • Co-chair and Speaker, “Ontario’s New Construction Act: Transitioning and Applying the Modernization Provisions,” Osgoode Hall Professional Development Program, December 2018
  • Co-chair and Speaker, “The New Construction Act: What You Need to Know,” Lexpert® Conference, November 2018
  • Speaker, “Construction Insurance: Top 5 Things You Need to Know,” Osgoode Certificate in Construction law, November 2018
  • Panelist, “Counsel Perspectives: How to Best Represent Your Clients,” OBA Valuable Strategies for Mediating Multi-Party Disputes, October 2018
  • Co-Speaker, “Performance security alternatives and effectiveness: show me the money,” International Bar Conference, October 2018
  • Speaker, “Construction 101,” OBA/CBA: Construction Bonding and Insurance: A Primer on Construction Risk Management, October 2018
  • Panelist, ” Security Of Payment In The Construction Industry: Does International Experience Provide A Crystal Ball For North America?,” The 8th International Society of
  • Construction Law Conference, Chicago, September 2018
  • Speaker, “Construction Act,” CISC Steel Conference, Halifax, September 2018
  • Podcast, “Construction Law ,” Lawyered, July 2018
  • Speaker, “Innovative Dispute Resolution for Ontario Construction Projects,” Society of Construction Law – North America Launch, June 2018
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics in Construction Law: Surety Matters:, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers (CCCL) 2018 Conference, May-June 2018
  • Panelist: “Anti-Corruption and compliance during construction,” International Construction Project Committee Working Weekend, International Bar Association, May 2018
  • Co-Chair and Speaker, “Adjudication: Fast-Track Interim Binding Resolution of Payment Disputes,”Osgoode Conference on Ontario’s New Construction Act: Managing the Change, April 2018
  • Co-Speaker, “Overview of the Changes,” CBA Construction and Infrastructure Law Program – Key Update on the New Construction Act, April 2018
  • Co-Speaker, “The How and Who of ‘Adjudication’,” Canadian Construction Association 100th Annual Conference, March 2018
  • Speaker, “Prompt Payment Legislation,”Construction Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association, February 2018
  • Co-Speaker, “The Effect of a Reservation of Rights on the Control of a Defence,” 14th Annual Insurance Symposium – Canadian Defence Lawyers, February 2018
  • Co-Speaker, “Ontario Construction Lien Act Reform,” 91st Annual ORBA Convention & AGM, February 2018
  • Panelist, “P3 Litigation: Tackling and Resolving Disputes,” OBA Construction Law Program, December 2017
  • Panelist, “Top Five Issues in Five Areas of Law that Affect Construction,” Osgoode Certificate Course, December 2018
  • Lecturer, “Legislative Reform of Security of Payment Legislation: A Comparison of the Canadian and Australian Experiences,” International Construction Law Module, Melbourne Law School, Masters of Construction Law, October 2017
  • Co-Speaker, “Construction Lien Act Review,” Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, May 2017
  • Speaker, “IPFA Americas: Toronto P3 Disputes Resolution Mechanism,” April 2017
  • Speaker, “The Dispute Resolution Board – The Alternative Remedy and Tips for Using It,” Construction Law: Lien and Arbitration Advocacy, The Advocates’ Society, April 2017
  • Co-Lecturer, “Dispute Resolution on P3 Projects,” Osgoode Certificate in Public Private Partnerships, March 2017
  • Speaker, “Construction Lien Act – Report Overview,” Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, September, 2016
  • Co-Speaker, “Infrastructure contract Delivery Models: Differently Shaped Pegs for Differently Shaped Holes,” AACE Annual Meeting, June 27, 2016