Ivan Merrow is a construction lawyer and litigator at Glaholt LLP. Prior to joining the firm, Ivan practiced commercial and construction litigation at a national full-service law firm. True to his calling in the legal field, Ivan is hard-working, precise and analytic. Most importantly, he knows that listening is the key to success when working with clients and teams.
Ivan's practice focuses on providing exceptional legal service to organizations and individuals in the construction industry. He represents clients at every level of the construction supply chain, including developers, owners, general contractors, subcontractors, sureties, engineers, and architects. Ivan most frequently acts in disputes involving contracts, liens, trusts, bonds, delay claims, deficiencies and professional negligence.
Ivan seeks to resolve disputes efficiently through a combination of advocacy, alternative dispute resolution and negotiation. He has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario and has acted in ad hoc arbitrations arising from large-scale infrastructure projects. In addition to his law degree, Ivan holds an M.B.A. degree from Queen’s University. When clients require proactive advice relating to construction contracts, procurement processes and design agreements, Ivan provides business-oriented insight through the lens of a litigator.
Outside of the firm, Ivan serves as an executive of the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Ontario Bar Association. He regularly writes articles and speaks on issues related to professionalism, civil procedure and construction law. During his university studies, Ivan won multiple awards for his academic success in legal ethics, operations, technical writing and information technology. He maintains an avid interest in technology and innovation, especially as they relate to the construction and legal industries.
J.D., Queen’s University Faculty of Law, 2015
M.B.A., Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, 2014
B.A. (Hons.), Psychology and Business Co-op, University of Waterloo, 2011
Ontario Bar Association, Construction & Infrastructure Section
Canadian Bar Association
International Bar Association
The Advocates’ Society
Obtained judgment at trial for breach of trust and defamation
Acted for design-builder in an arbitration related to a public infrastructure project
Advised construction industry stakeholders regarding contractual amendments to the Construction Act
Successfully dismissed a class action proceeding alleging securities misrepresentation in Web Objective, Inc. v. SociaLabra, Inc., 2018 ONSC 664 (CanLII)
Acted in the successful dismissal of a summary judgment motion in its entirety in Hussaini v Checroune, 2017 ONSC 2435 (CanLII)
Successfully dismissed two cases for failing to set out a reasonable cause of action