Denise L. Bambrough  

Partner

Executive Summary

Denise Bambrough is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and the Regional Group Manager for the Specialized Litigation Group. Denise has over twenty-five years’ experience handling both construction and surety bond disputes and civil fraud investigation and recovery matters.

As part of her construction law practice, Denise handles surety bond claims and a broad range of other construction claims, including claims for breach of contract, breach of trust, construction liens, and indemnity and other recovery claims arising out of construction projects. She has extensive experience representing surety bonding companies with respect to numerous types of claims and issues relating to performance bonds and labour and material payment bonds, as well as claims for indemnification, breach of trust and other avenues of recovery for surety bond losses. She also advises owners and contractors with respect to a wide variety of issues arising out of construction projects and related disputes

Denise also practises extensively in the areas of civil fraud recovery and commercial litigation involving issues related to fraud. She advises clients with respect to the conduct of employee and other fraud investigations, as well as fraud prevention. She also handles claims for the recovery of losses incurred as a result of various types of fraud, including fidelity insurance claims. She has specialized expertise in numerous recovery issues related to fraud in a wide range of industries, including Mareva injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal orders, Anton Piller orders, setting aside fraudulent conveyances, tracing orders and restitution orders.

Representative Work

  • Representing surety bonding companies, owners, developers, general contractors and subcontractors with respect to issues relating to surety bond claims, construction contracts, construction liens and breach of trust claims.
  • Conducting fraud recovery litigation, including representing victims of fraud in fraud investigations and recovery proceedings with respect to employee fraud, credit card, cheque and investment fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and secret commission schemes.
  • Dealing extensively with private investigators and other sources for locating, freezing and seizing assets.
  • Representing individual victims, financial institutions, hospitals, general contractors, owners and companies in a wide variety of industries.
  • Representing fidelity bonding companies and victims of fraud with respect to fidelity bond claims.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, “The Use of Technology in Workplace Investigations”, Association of Certified Forensic Investigators 20th Annual Fraud Conference, May 2018.
  • Speaker, “Combating Construction Fraud: Detection, Prevention and Response”, Association of Certified Forensic Investigators 19th Annual Fraud Conference, May 2017.
  • Speaker, “Bankruptcy and Insolvency Orders Post Comstock, Atlas and Iona – The New Thorns”, Ontario Bar Association’s Institute – Construction and Infrastructure Law – Navigating Everyday Construction Law Landmines – Best Practices for Smooth Digging, February 2017.
  • Speaker, “Cyber Risk Survival: Legalities and Strategies for Preventing, Detecting and Responding to Cybersecurity Threats”, Annual Toronto Fraud Forum, September 2015.
  • Speaker, “Keeping the “F” Word Off Construction Sites: Current Issues Related to Construction Fraud”, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Toronto Chapter, February 2015.
  • Speaker, “Procurement Fraud – Strategies for Prevention, Early Detection and Response”, Municipal Internal Auditors Association Fall Workshop, October 2014.
  • Speaker, “Employee Fraud: Detection, Investigation and Response”, Annual Toronto Fraud Forum, September 2014.
  • Speaker, “Procurement Fraud – Strategies for Prevention, Early Detection and Response”, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Toronto Chapter, May 2014.
  • Speaker, "The Use of Technology in Workplace Investigations," Banking and Financial Services Industry Seminar, November 2012.
  • Speaker, "Employee Fraud: Detection, Investigation and Response," Certified General Accountants of Ontario Work and Learn Weekend, September 2012.
  • Speaker, "Preventing Fraud in Your Organization: Best Policies and Practices," Annual Toronto Fraud Forum, September 2012.
  • Speaker, "Ethical Issues Arising Out of Fraud Investigations and Recovery Actions," Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Toronto Chapter Meeting, April 2012 and Waterloo Chapter Meeting, November 2011.
  • Speaker, "Contempt Motions — Powerful Means for Enforcing Court Orders," Association of Certified Forensic Investigators 13th Annual Fraud Conference, May 2011.
  • Speaker, "Hot Topics in Risk Management — Fraud Investigation and Recovery Steps," Ontario Hospital Association Conference, November 2010.
  • Speaker, "Minimizing the Risk of Procurement Fraud," Construction Industry Seminar, November 2010.
  • Speaker, "Avoiding Liability for Breach of Trust," Construction Industry Seminar, November 2011.
  • Contributor, Scott and Reynolds on Surety Bonds, Carswell, 1993.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell® Distinguished™4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.