Daniel Ayotte

Daniel Ayotte  

Senior Counsel

Executive Summary

Daniel Ayotte specializes in litigation, arbitration and mediation. His practice involves mainly construction claims, product liability, professional liability and commercial litigation.

Daniel represents multinational corporations, contractors, engineering firms, manufacturers, insurers and bonding companies. He handles complex litigation matters and pleads before all civil courts and tribunals.

Representative Work

  • For several years, acted as legal counsel in an important construction dispute brought before the Iran-US Arbitration Tribunal sitting at The Hague.
  • Successfully pleaded several landmark cases including Bank of Montreal v. Commission Hydroélectrique du Québec et al., in which the Supreme Court of Canada defined the duty to inform in contractual matters arising from the general obligation to act in good faith, Walsh & Brais inc. v. Montréal (Communauté urbaine de) REJB 2001-26438 (C.A.), Birdair v. Danny's Construction Company inc., 2013 QCCA 580 and Hydro-Québec v. Construction Kiewit Cie, 2014 QCCA 947, where the Quebec Court of Appeal defined the duty to cooperate in construction contracts.
  • Assists clients in identifying their business risks, drafting contracts and developing risk prevention and training programs.
  • Promotes and uses mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques.

Publications & Presentations

  • Author of several articles dealing with construction law, professional civil liability and mediation.
  • Guest speaker for professional associations, contractors, the Association de la construction du Québec and many other entities.
  • Has served as a guest professor at McGill University.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized as a 2017 Acritas Star.
  • Recognized by the 2016 Client Choice Awards as the exclusive winner in the Construction category in Québec.
  • Recognized in the 2017 and 2016 edition of Chambers Canada  Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Construction (Band 1)).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition (and since 2006) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Construction Law, Legal Malpractice Law). Also named "Construction Lawyer of the Year — Montréal" in the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers®.
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global  The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Construction (Band 1)).
  • Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in the 2015 and 2014 Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition on Infrastructure.
  • Recognized in the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of Who’s Who Legal: Canada (Construction).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal: Construction.
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Construction Law).
  • Recognized in the 2014 and 2013 editions of Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers.
  • Recognized annually since 2001 in the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Construction Law).
  • Martindale-Hubble® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.