Patricia L. Morrison

Patricia (Trish) L. Morrison  


Executive Summary

Patricia Morrison is the National Practice Group Leader of the Construction Group, and is also a partner in our Public-Private Infrastructure Projects Focus Group and Environmental Law Focus Group. Trish focuses her practice on all facets of the construction industry – acting for owners, general contractors, subcontractors and sureties in construction disputes and front-end construction project matters such as tendering and other procurement methods, as well as contract drafting, including the negotiation and drafting of P3 agreements.

Trish also provides advice on environmental matters, having acted as counsel on numerous contaminated-site litigation cases and advising on environmental issues in commercial transactions. As well, Trish acts as counsel in litigation involving general corporate/commercial matters such as fidelity claims and product liability disputes. She has appeared before all levels of Court in Alberta and has acted as counsel in many arbitration proceedings and mediations.​​​​

Representative Work

  • Defence of claim for breach of contract and negligence arising out of the explosion and destruction of a decoking facility at the CNRL Horizon Project in the oil sands
  • Counsel for a general contractor involved in disputes with the owner and numerous subcontractors arising out of the construction of an international airport
  • Counsel for an owner in a six week, multi-party UNCITRAL arbitration claiming damages against two contractors and a fabricator in relation to the construction of a sour gas processing plant in northern Canada
  • Counsel for a design-build contractor in a dispute arising out of the design and construction of a highway infrastructure project in Alberta
  • Defended an international engineering company against a claim for damages arising out of negligent design and project delay on pipeline project in a five-week arbitration.
  • Counsel for an architect in the defence of an action by an owner for negligent design resulting in building envelope and other deficiencies
  • Agrium Inc. v. Chubb Insurance Co. of Canada (2007), 5 WWR 530 (Alta. QB); successfully defended at trial a large claim against a fidelity bond.
  • NAC Constructors Ltd. v. Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission (2005), 144 A.C.W.S. (3d) 469 (Alta. CA); upheld decision limiting effect of discretion clauses in tender documents.​

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, “Chess Clock Arbitrations – Are they Worth the Constraints,” ADR Perspectives.
  • Presenter, “Builders’ Liens – Basic Principles,”​ Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law”.
  • Presenter, “Trust Claims in Construction,”​​ Construction Sector In-House Counsel Forum.
  • Panelist, “Builders’ Lien Act Trust Challenges,” CBA Construction and Infrastructure Law Conference.
  • Co-Chair, "Canadian Construction Insurance Law: A Roadmap to Risk Management," Lexpert, Calgary.
  • Co-Chair and Presenter, "Litigation Preparedness and the Handling of Claims," Federated Press Conference entitled "3rd Public Construction Contract and Tendering Course".
  • Author, “Model Material – Is BIM an effective tool or just another liability,” The Constructor Magazine.
  • Author, “Dispute Resolution – Choosing the Best Option for your Dispute,” Building Strategies & Sustainability.
  • Co-Author, “Standard Form Contracts in the Construction Industry” chapter, Review of Construction Law:  Recent Developments, Carswell.
  • Presenter, “Update on Corporate Liability for Safety Violations,” Lloyd Sadd Annual Construction Conference.
  • Presenter, “Successfully Managing Delays and other Common Contractor Issues,” Canadian Institute Western Canadian Construction Superconference.
  • Presenter, “Drafting Key Provisions in Procurement Documents,” Lexpert® Conference entitled “Tendering and Procurement – Navigating the Maze”.
  • Presenter, “Practical Strategies for Litigation Preparation,” Federated Press Conference entitled “4th Construction Claims Conference”.
  • Presenter, “Most Current Legal Issues” panel, Canadian Construction Association Annual Conference.
  • Co-Presenter, “Learning from Past Experiences and Identifying New Opportunities in Today’s Construction Environment,” Canadian Institute Western Canadian Construction Superconference.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2011) edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Construction Law).
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Construction).
  • Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in the 2017 edition (and since 2014) of the Lexpert® Special Edition on Infrastructure.
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition (and since 2011) 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: Alberta and a Litigation Star: Construction, Environmental.
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition of the Legal 500 Canada (Dispute Resolution).