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Andrea Lee

Partner

Bio

Andrea Lee is certified as a Specialist in Construction Law by the Law Society of Ontario, and has been recognized by Lexpert and Benchmark Litigation.

Andrea obtained her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto and Bachelor of Law from Queen’s University.

Andrea has experience acting on behalf of owners, design professionals, contractors, sureties and insurers on all scales of projects throughout Canada in litigation and arbitrations involving liens, trusts, bonds, delay claims and professional negligence. Andrea also provides advice with respect to construction contracts and professional design agreements.

Andrea is a co-founder of the Construction Law course at Queen's University and is an instructor of Construction Law as part of Osgoode's LL.M program. She regularly speaks at programs offered by the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, The Advocates' Society, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Ontario Association of Architects and REALPAC. She has published articles in legal and industry newsletters and co-authored chapters focused on design professionals in Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, Construction, and Review of Construction Law: Recent Developments.

Andrea completed her LEED certification in 2009. She is the Vice Chair of the OBA, Construction and Infrastructure Law Section Executive, and a Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers. She also chairs the national CanBIM Legal Committee, and is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Canadian Association of Women in Construction and The Advocates’ Society. Andrea is a mentor to young lawyers through the OBA mentorship program.

Memberships

  • Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Fellow
  • Ontario Bar Association Construction & Infrastructure Section Executive, Vice Chair
  • CanBIM, Chair of Legal Committee
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Royal Architecture Institute of Canada
  • Canadian Association of Women In Construction
  • LEED AP

Teaching Activities

  • Osgoode Professional LLM, Construction Law Course
  • Queen's University

Representative Work

  • Defence of consultant against claims in respect of transit project
  • Defence of contractor in arbitration related to gas processing plant
  • Defence of consultants in action related to CSO system
  • Acted for contractor in claims related to P3 institutional projects
  • Acted for architects in recovery of fees on mixed-use developments
  • Advised design firm regarding professional services contracts
  • Advised consultant regarding services agreement for smart city project
  • Advised owner regarding changes to contracts for Construction Act

Speaking

  • Manitoba Bar Association, June 2019: “Builders’ Lien Legislation in our Neighbouring Provinces”
  • OAA Annual Conference, May 2019: “Embracing Change: Practicing Under the New Construction Act”
  • The Advocates’ Society, April 2019: “Staying Professional: Ethical Issues in Construction Litigation”
  • tBIMc, April 2019: “BIM: A Legal Point of View”
  • Queen’s University, Construction Law Course 2019
  • OBA, May 2018: “Design Professionals: Regulatory Framework & Contractual Challenges”
  • The Advocates’ Society, April 2018: Construction Law: Arbitration and Adjudication Advocacy
  • OBA, April 2018: “Key Update on the New Construction Act”

Representative Publications

  • A. Lee & M. Rotterdam, “Trusts and Bankruptcy - Finally, Some Certainty” (2019) CBA, Construction & Infrastructure Skylines
  • “Prompt Payment, Adjudication & More - New Ontario Law Governs The Construction Industry” (2018) Lexpert Special Edition Infrastructure Law
  • A. Lee & L. Wang, “Transitioning to the New Construction Act” (2018) 35:1 Construction Law Letter
  • “Building Information Modelling, Canadian Developments” (2016) Globe and Mail, Report on Business, Infrastructure
  • Contributor, "Architects and Engineers" Chapter, Halsbury's Laws of Canada, Construction (Aurora: LexisNexis, 2013)
  • Contributor, “Architects and Engineers: Recent Developments” Chapter, Glaholt LLP 

Education & Admissions

Accreditations

  • Benchmark Litigation, Future Star, 2019
  • Lexpert Canada, Consistently Recommended, 2019
  • Certified Specialist in Construction Law, 2018
  • LEED Certification, 2009
  • Hattie Aileen Sommerville Scholarship, University of Toronto
  • Civil Procedure Course Prize, Queen’s University
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