Patricia L. Morrison

Patricia (Trish) L. Morrison  


Executive Summary

Patricia (Trish) Morrison is the National Practice Group Leader of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Construction Group and is also a partner in BLG’s P3 and Infrastructure Focus Groups and the Environmental Law Focus Group. Trish's practice as a construction lawyer focuses on all facets of the construction industry – acting for owners, contractors and sureties in the litigation or arbitration of large scale construction disputes arising out of commercial, industrial and infrastructure projects, as well as front-end project matters such as procurement and contract drafting, including P3 agreements. 

In addition to construction law, 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

Global Arbitration Review: Canada — Construction Arbitration Global Arbitration Review

  • Co-Author, "Canada Chapter on Construction Arbitration," Global Arbitration Review, 2019.
  • Co-Author, "Finding The Right Tool For The Job – Resolving Construction Disputes With Mediation Or Arbitration," BLG Construction Publication.
  • Co-Author, "It’s not you, it’s me: Termination for Convenience Clauses," BLG Construction Publication.
  • Presenter, "Allocating Risk Equitably in P3 Projects — Lessons Learned from Projects across Canada," 11th Annual Managing Risk in Construction Contracts and Projects (West) Conference.
  • 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 2020 (and since 2018) edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Construction (Band 4).
  • Recognized in the 2020 (and since 2011) edition of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Construction Law).
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2014) edition of the Lexpert®/ROB Special Edition – Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers.
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2011) of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Construction Law).
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2017) editions 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 2019 edition of Who's Who Legal: Construction.
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition of the Legal 500 Canada (Dispute Resolution).