John G. Murphy  


Executive Summary

John is a leading lawyer in construction law, and is regularly called upon to provide strategic advice and act as trusted advisor to some of our Firm's longstanding clients. John regularly represents general contractors, bonding companies, insurers (professional liability of architects and engineers), sub-contractors and owners in construction matters of all nature. He is involved in large, complex construction matters and surety workouts concerning several construction projects. He also advises with respect to product liability issues, commercial fraud, fidelity insurance issues and directors' and officers' liability. John has represented clients before all instances in Québec and encourages the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for quick determination of conflicts.

From 2006 to 2017, John was a member of BLG's National Management Committee as well as Montréal Regional Managing Partner. Between 2003 and 2014, he was a member of the Partnership Board of which he was chair for the 2006-07 term.

Representative Work

  • Drafting and negotiation of construction contracts, claims for extras, registering legal hypothec, issues regarding calls for tenders.
  • Danny's Construction Company Inc., National Union Fire Company of Pittsburgh, PA c. Birdair Inc. et Canadian General Insurance Company, Court of Appeal.
  • Walsh & Brais inc. et Sabrice Ltée c. Montréal Urban Community, Court of Appeal.
  • Construction T.G. Beco Ltée c. Montréal Urban Community, Superior Court.
  • Advises on the professional liability of architects and engineers and other insurance-related topics.
  • Les Entreprises Claude Chagnon inc. c. BMST Richelieu Experts-Conseil inc., et al., Superior Court
  • Advises on all aspects of suretyship law including claims related to performance and labour material bonds, bond limits and indemnity agreements.
  • La Compagnie de cautionnement Alta c. Gilles W. Claude et al, Court of Appeal.
  • Represents manufacturers and defends product liability claims concerning: recreational equipment, commercial building equipment, commercial transportation equipment, hands tools, paint and other specialized equipment.
  • Advises fidelity insurers with respect to coverage issues; investigates and defends claims as well as analyzes defence options.
  • Advises insurers and clients alike on directors' and officers' liability.

Publications & Presentations

  • Interviewed, "CTV Montreal: New risks for businesses," CTV Montreal, January 4, 2017.
  • Speaker, "Contractor's Performance Review under Quebec's Public Procurement Legislation," 19th Annual Meeting of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Inc., May 28, 2016.
  • Author, "The Obligation to Cooperate in the Context of Construction Contracts in Québec," Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, May 2015.
  • Speaker, "L'obligation de collaboration : trois décisions marquantes de la Cour d'appel du Québec," 18th Convention – Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, February 2015.
  • Speaker, "L'obligation de collaboration : trois décisions marquantes de la Cour d'appel du Québec," Construction SuperConference, November 25, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Le devoir de collaboration et le rôle des municipalités," 5th Annual Conference of the Association québécoise des entrepreneurs en infrastructure, April 10, 2014.
  • Speaker, "La responsabilité professionnelle des architectes et ingénieurs," Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec, March 26, 2014.
  • Speaker, "La jurisprudence récente sur le devoir de collaboration et le devoir d'information entre les intervenants de la construction," The Canadian Institute, November 27, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Le coût total modifié accepté par les tribunaux," BLG Construction Symposium, November 2013.
  • Speaker, "La responsabilité professionnelle des ingénieurs et architectes," Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec, May 1, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Les litiges émergents en droit de la construction," The Canadian Institute, April 23, 2013.
  • Co-Author, "Review of Construction Law: Recent Developments" (Chapter 9), Développements récents en droit de la construction dans la province de Québec, Carswell, 2012.
  • Speaker, "Les cautionnements et leur rôle dans l'industrie de la construction," BLG Construction Symposium, November 2012 and 2011.
  • Speaker, "Analyse des décisions récentes et de leurs impacts sur votre pratique quotidienne – Perspective de la common law et perspective du droit civil," Conférence avancée sur la gestion des litiges dans le domaine de la construction, The Canadian Institute, April 2012.
  • Speaker, "La responsabilité professionnelle des architectes et ingénieurs," Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec, February 2012 and 2010.
  • Co-Author, "Practical Law: Construction and Projects," Cross-Border Handbook, 2011/12 and 2010/11.
  • Speaker, "Revue de la jurisprudence de 2008-2009," Conference on Professional Liability of Architects and Engineers, Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec, October 2009.
  • Presenter, "Le contrat de construction : son fondement et ses limites," Superconference on Construction, The Canadian Institute, November 2007.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star: Québec and a Litigation Star: General Commercial, Product Liability, Construction.
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition (and since 2008) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Construction Law).
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2012 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Construction Law).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.