Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez  

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

Natalia Rodriguez is a Senior Associate in the Construction Group at BLG's Ottawa office. Natalia practices civil litigation and dispute resolution with an emphasis on construction and engineering matters. She has acted for and advised clients on a variety of civil actions relating to tort and contract claims.

From 2012-2014, Natalia served as Commission Counsel for the Elliot Lake Commission of Inquiry investigating the collapse of the Algo Centre Mall and the subsequent emergency response.

Natalia currently advises a number of institutions, including hospitals, colleges and municipalities, in all aspects of construction-related matters, including litigating lien, trust, delay, deficiency and warranty claims. She has acted on large infrastructure litigation actions and has also represented contractors, subcontractors, owners, and condominium corporations. She provides contract negotiation, drafting and course of construction interpretation advice as needed.

Natalia is experienced in conducting trials as well as appeals and judicial reviews. She has advocated on behalf of clients at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal of Ontario, and in commercial arbitration proceedings.

Prior to joining BLG, Natalia clerked for three justices of the Court of Appeal of Ontario and for Justice Louis LeBel at the Supreme Court of Canada. She was awarded the Silver Medal in Law by Queen's University Law School for achieving the second highest overall academic standing in her graduating class.

Representative Work

  • Represents owner-developers, contractors, sub-trades, consultants and condo corporations in large-scale infrastructure, construction and engineering/design disputes, residential construction disputes and construction disputes in the bankruptcy and insolvency context
  • Has acted in numerous construction lien actions
  • Regularly advances and defends claims of construction deficiencies and delays
  • Regularly advances and defends professional negligence claims against consultants
  • Experienced in alternative dispute resolution including commercial arbitrations
  • Experienced in appellate and review proceedings
  • Advises on contract negotiation, drafting and interpretation
  • Advises on Tarion warranty matters
  • Commission counsel for the Elliot Lake Commission of Inquiry from 2012 to 2014

Publications & Presentations

  • Guest lecturer, "Legal Memo Writing," University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law Section), March 2017 and November 2016.
  • Speaker, "Top Labour and Employment Law Cases of 2016," BLG Labour & Employment Symposium, November 2016.
  • Speaker, "The Elliot Lake Inquiry: Emergency Response and Lessons Learned," Association of Electrical Utilities Safety Professionals, October 2016.
  • Panelist, Queen's Law Litigation Society, 2nd Annual Practitioner Panel, February 2016.
  • Author, "Arbitrator Strikes Down 'Vaccinate or Mask' Policy at Sault Area Hospital as an Unreasonable Exercise of Management Rights", BLG Publication, September 2015.
  • Author and Speaker, "Suing a Foreign Power in Ontario," County of Carleton Law Association, 34th Civil Litigation Updated Conference, November 2014.
  • Co-Author and Speaker, “Standards of Review: Does the Standard of Correctness Still Exist?,” The Commons Institute, 180 Minutes of Administrative Law Conference, February 2014.