Patricia L. Morrison

Patricia L. Morrison  

Partner

Executive Summary

Patricia Morrison is the Regional Group Manager of our Calgary 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

  • 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, May 2016.
  • Presenter, “Builders’ Liens – Basic Principles,”​ Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law,” April 2016.
  • Presenter, “Trust Claims in Construction,”​​ Construction Sector In-House Counsel Forum, April 2016.
  • Panelist, “Builders’ Lien Act Trust Challenges,” CBA Construction and Infrastructure Law Conference, 2016.
  • Co-Chair, "Canadian Construction Insurance Law: A Roadmap to Risk Management," Lexpert, Calgary, June 2013.
  • Co-Chair and Presenter, "Litigation Preparedness and the Handling of Claims," Federated Press Conference entitled "3rd Public Construction Contract and Tendering Course," April 2013.
  • Author, “Model Material – Is BIM an effective tool or just another liability,” The Constructor Magazine, 2013.
  • Author, “Dispute Resolution – Choosing the Best Option for your Dispute,” Building Strategies & Sustainability, 2013
  • Co-Author, “Standard Form Contracts in the Construction Industry” chapter, Review of Construction Law:  Recent Developments, Carswell, 2012.
  • Presenter, “Update on Corporate Liability for Safety Violations,” Lloyd Sadd Annual Construction Conference, April 2012.
  • Presenter, “Successfully Managing Delays and other Common Contractor Issues,” Canadian Institute Western Canadian Construction Superconference, January 2012.
  • Presenter, “Drafting Key Provisions in Procurement Documents,” Lexpert® Conference entitled “Tendering and Procurement – Navigating the Maze,” June 2011.
  • Presenter, “Practical Strategies for Litigation Preparation,” Federated Press Conference entitled “4th Construction Claims Conference,” April 2011.
  • Presenter, “Most Current Legal Issues” panel, Canadian Construction Association Annual Conference, March 2011, 2010 and 2009.
  • Co-Presenter, “Learning from Past Experiences and Identifying New Opportunities in Today’s Construction Environment,” Canadian Institute Western Canadian Construction Superconference, January 2011.

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