R. Bruce Reynolds FCIArb.

Partner

Executive Summary

Bruce Reynolds is the Chair of the International Construction Projects Group and a top-rated Construction lawyer in our Toronto office.

He has been ranked as the Global Construction Lawyer of the Year by Who's Who Legal. According to Who's Who, "Reynolds is the "outstanding practitioner" in the field and "excels" in the representation of owners and general contractors in the litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction disputes. He also advises on the development of contracts for major industrial and infrastructure projects and is recognised by his peers as an "expert draftsman"."

Bruce specializes in the litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction claims, construction liens, surety bond claims, construction insurance claims, product liability, and architects' and engineers' E & O, as well as in the drafting and negotiating of contracts for major industrial and infrastructure projects, including public private partnerships, and construction, engineering, architectural equipment supply, and technology licensing contracts.

Bruce is a Certified Specialist in Construction Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has been inducted into the American College of Construction Lawyers, an elite membership of top US construction lawyers. He is currently the Co-Chair of the International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association, and Program Chair of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers.



Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel discussing the Construction Lien Act Review.



Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel appeared before the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce to discuss the Construction Lien Act Review.

 



Bruce Reynolds, a partner at BLG and Chair of the International Construction Projects Group, and Sharon Vogel, a partner at BLG and Regional Leader of the International Construction Projects Group, discuss the Role of Insurance in Construction Risk Management.



Bruce Reynolds, a partner at BLG and Chair of the International Construction Projects Group, discusses the importance of insurance in construction projects and advises on how to keep costs under control. He also outlines what construction professionals should look for in their legal counsel.

Representative Work

  • 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 CDN$500 Million direct strip production complex, defending 56 Claims for Lien aggregating in excess of CDN$80 Million.
    • Counsel to an EPCM Project Manager in a CDN$300 Million mining dispute.
    • Counsel to a joint venture Project Co in respect of its CDN$125 Million claim as Developer of a PPP Highway Project.
    • Counsel to an EPC Contractor for a large hydro-electric project in respect of its CDN$100 Million cost over-run claim.
    • Counsel to the owner of a state of the art ethanol distillery in respect of a CDN$75 Million cross-border 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).
    • Counsel to the 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.
    • Counsel to a large institutional owner regarding the CDN$50 Million total cost claim of its general contractor.
    • Counsel to a major hospital defending 36 Claims for Lien aggregating in excess of CDN$50 Million.
    • Co-Counsel to a design-build subcontractor in a CDN$47 million lien litigation in respect of a major sports facility.
    • Counsel to a mechanical and electrical subcontractor in respect of its CDN$30 Million claim related to wrongful termination.
    • Counsel to a major hospital regarding the CDN$25 Million total cost claim of its general contractor.
    • Counsel to the 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.
    • Counsel to an EPC Contractor in respect of a major claim arising out of the boiler refurbishment program for a nuclear generating facility.
    • Counsel to 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 & Presentations

Legal Textbooks

Other Recent Publications

  • 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, 2017.
  • Co-Author, "Ontario’s Construction Lien Act: Special Client Update," BLG Publications (with Sharon Vogel, James Little and Soizic Reynal de St Michel).
  • Author, "Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario's Construction Lien Act," Independent Report to the Ministry of the Attorney General.
  • Co-Author, "Getting the Deal Through: Construction 2017", Law Business Research Ltd, 2008-17.  Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through: Construction 2017, (published in July 2016; contributing editors: Robert S Peckar and Michael S Zicherman, Peckar & Abramson PC) For further information please visit www.gettingthedealthrough.com.
  • 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, Chapter on Canada, Getting the Deal Through: Construction, Law Business Research Ltd., (with Sharon Vogel and Yvan Houle).
  • 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, "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.
  • Co-Chair, American College of Construction Lawyers/Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recipient of a 2017 award from the Council of Ontario Construction Associations for outstanding contributions to the construction industry.
  • Recognized by the 2017 Benchmark Canada Awards as Construction Litigator of the Year.
  • Recognized as a 2017 Acritas Star.
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Construction).
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Construction Law).
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Ontario" and a "Litigation Star: Construction."
  • Featured in the 2017 Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders Guide.
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Construction Law).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition (and since 2006) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Construction Law).       
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Construction Law).
    Recognized in the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of Who's Who Legal Canada (Construction Law).       
  • Recipient of the 2016 Toronto Construction Associations’ Donald P. Giffin, Sr. Construction Industry Achievement Award — This award is 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.
  • The most highly nominated practitioner, and the only Canadian lawyer to be featured within the top 10 most highly regarded lawyers internationally in the 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 editions of Who's Who Legal: Construction.
  • Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in the 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions of Lexpert®/The Globe and Mail Special Edition on Infrastructure.
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Band 1 — Construction Law).
  • Recognized as the Toronto Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in Canada ® 2015.
  • Recognized as the Global Construction Lawyer of the Year in the 2014 edition of Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, and (clients) note him as "one of the best regarded lawyers internationally - he acts as chair of the firm's international construction projects group and is lauded both for his disputes work and his drafting and negotiation of construction contracts."
  • ​Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in the 2014 edition of Lexpert®/The Globe and Mail Special Edition on Litigation.
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ 5 out of 5 Peer Review Rated .