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 BLG's 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 was recently recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine: "Bruce is a meticulous, professional and absolutely innovative individual." 

He specializes 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 agreements. Bruce is also a Certified Specialist in Construction Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada.


 
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.

 

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 regional rail authority in respect of major claims.
    • 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

  • Co-Author, "Ontario's Construction Lien Act: Second Special Client Update" BLG Publication.
  • 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, "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," 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, 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).

Representative Presentations

  • Presenter, "Standing Committee on Bill 142," November 2017.
  • Presenter, "Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce," The Senate of Canada, regarding Bill S-224, October 2017.
  • Speaker, "Construction Lien Act - Report Overview," Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, September 2016.
  • Co-Chair, "Unlocking Disputes: Construction Topics," 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

  • Recognized in Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Band 1 - Construction).
  • Recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine: "Bruce is a meticulous, professional and absolutely innovative individual."
  • Recipient of the 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 progess 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.
  • Recipient of an award from the Council of Ontario Construction Associations for outstanding contributions to the construction industry.
  • Recognized as the Global Construction Lawyer of the Year in an 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." Also featured in the Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders Guide and recognized in Who's Who Legal Canada (Construction Law). The most highly nominated practitioner, and the only Canadian lawyer to be featured within the top 10 most highly regarded lawyers internationally in Who's Who Legal: Construction
  • Recognized by Benchmark Canada Awards as Construction Litigator of the Year, and named as a "Local Litigation Star: Ontario" and a "Litigation Star: Construction."
  • Recognized as an Acritas Star.
  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Construction Law) and in The Lexpert®/American Lawyers Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Construction Law). 
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Construction Law).
  • Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyers in Lexpert®/The Globe and Mail Special Edition on Infrastructure.
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ 5 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.