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Michael Valo

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141 Adelaide St W
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5H 3L5

Michael specializes in international construction arbitration, and has experience working for owners, contractors, and engineers. His work focuses on large scale infrastructure projects including pipelines, power generation and transmission, refineries, tunneling, mining and hospitals. Michael’s international arbitration experience includes disputes under ICC and UNCITRAL rules, as well as ad hoc rules. Michael has also advised clients in respect of disputes before project Dispute Resolution Boards.

Michael’s dispute practice relates to all manner of project delivery methods including design-build, design-bid-build, EPC and EPCM contracts, as well as Public Private Partnerships (P3). Michael has extensive experience with claims for disruption, delay and prolongation, designer negligence, and construction deficiencies.

Michael is the co-author of a chapter in "Review of Construction Law: Recent Developments" (Toronto: Carswell, 2012) on the subject of Building Information Modeling. Michael is also a regular contributor to the Construction Law Letter (LexisNexis), and is a co-editor of the IBA’s Construction Law International.

Michael Valo

B.A. (Great Distinction), McGill University, 2007

J.D., University of Toronto, 2010

Bar Admissions Ontario

Ontario Bar Association, Construction Law Section

American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law

International Bar Association

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum

Society of Construction Law, North America (Founding Member)

Representative Work
  • Ad hoc arbitration related to engineering deficiencies for a cross border crude oil pipeline project.
  • ICC arbitration related to an EPC Contract for a coal fired power plant in Africa.
  • ICC arbitration related to an ore slurry pipeline in Africa.
  • ICC arbitration related to an ore processing plant in Africa.
  • UNCITRAL arbitration related to a gas processing facility in northern British Columbia.
  • Ad hoc arbitration related to a nickel hydrometallurgical processing facility.
  • Various disputes related to a light rail tunneling project.
  • Ad hoc arbitration related to a P3 contract for the design, construction, maintenance and operation of a series of highway service centres.

Selected Publications

Valo, "Discovery of experts in international arbitration: a Canadian perspective" (2017)  International Bar Association, Young Lawyers Committee newsletter, September 2017

Valo, "Arbitral award enforcement in Canada: deference to arbitrators and the right to be wrong" (2017) 22:1 Arbitration News 59.

Valo, "Court Of Appeal Decision On Arbitrability Consistent With National Standards" (2017) 33:4 Construction Law Letter
Reproduced with permission of the publisher LexisNexis Canada Inc. from Construction Law Letter, Vol. 33, No. 4, March/April 2017

Valo and Maynard, "Pricing Lump Sum Deletions: Principles and Guidance" (2017) 33:2 Construction Law Letter

Valo, "Discovery of Experts in International Arbitration" (2016) 32:4 Construction Law Letter

Valo and Wilkes, "Multi-Tier Dispute Resolution Clauses: A View from Ontario" (2014) 31:1 Construction Law Letter

Valo, "Deterrence and Denunciation: Court of Appeal Sends Strong Message on Workers' Safety" (2014) 30:3 Construction Law Letter

Valo, "Litigation Following Arbitration Acceptable where Cause of Action is Different" (2013) 29:4 Construction Law Letter

Valo, "Settlement Agreement Makes no Reference to HST: Should HST be Added?" (2013) 29:4 Construction Law Letter