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Andrea Lee



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. She is the 2020 - 2021 Chair of the Ontario Bar Association, Construction and Infrastructure Section Executive, and is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers.

 Andrea obtained her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Law from Queen’s University. She has practiced exclusively in construction law since her call to the bar in 2006. She acts for owners, contractors, design professionals and insurers in a variety of proceedings including litigation and arbitration involving liens, trust claims, delay claims and professional negligence. Andrea regularly advises parties in the industry with respect to construction contracts and professional design agreements.

 Andrea is a co-founder of the construction law course at Queen's University and teaches construction law as part of Osgoode's LL.M program. She is also a skills instructor at The Advocates' Society. Andrea regularly speaks at programs offered by the legal and industry associations, published articles and papers on construction law topics and co-authored chapters focused on design professionals in Halsbury's Laws of Canada, Construction and Review of Construction Law: Recent Developments. Andrea has also co-edited Bidding and Tendering, What is the Law? (6th edition).

 Andrea has completed her LEED certification and RICS Diploma in construction adjudication. She was the Past Chair of the national CanBIM Project Delivery & Risk Management Think Tank. She is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canadian Association of Women in Construction. Andrea is a mentor to young lawyers through the OBA mentorship program and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers.


  • Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Fellow
  • Ontario Bar Association Construction & Infrastructure Section Executive, Chair
  • CanBIM, Board Director
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, Practice Support Committee
  • Canadian Association of Women In Construction

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


  • Toronto Lawyers Association, October 15, 2020: “Construction Law's New Era of Adjudication and Prompt Payment in Review”
  • Canadian Institute, July 17, 2020: 5th Annual Managing Risk in Construction Contracts & Projects Conference, “Resolving Disputes Through Arbitration”
  • Osgoode LLM, May - June 2020: Construction Law Course
  • CanBIM,  June 16, 2020: The Future of Work - Designing Resiliency and Building Safety Post-COVID Conference, “Legal Perspectives on Impact of COVID-19”
  • The Advocates’ Society, May 1, 2020: “Construction Law Arbitration and Adjudication Advocacy”
  • Ontario Bar Association, April 7, 2020: “Critical Construction Law Issues: Force Majeure Clauses, Limitation Periods and Project Challenges”
  • Canadian Construction Association, February 18, 2020: “Coronavirus and Supply Chain Implications in Construction”
  • Ontario Bar Association, February 4, 2020: Institute Conference, “Building under the Construction Act”
  • The Buildings Show, December 4, 2019: “Construction Law Update: Legal Aspects of Construction Innovations”
  • Manitoba Bar Association, June 19, 2019: “Builders’ Lien Legislation in our Neighbouring Provinces”
  • Ontario Architects Association, May 22, 2019: Annual Conference, “Embracing Change: Practicing Under the New Construction Act”
  • Queen’s University, January - February 2019: Construction Law Course

Representative Publications

  • A. Lee & M. Rotterdam, “Building Without an Architect – AIBC v. Langford (City)” (2020) Glaholt LLP Summer 2020 Newsletter, Issue 12
  • A. Lee & J. van Leeuwen, “How Do Suppliers Fit Within the New Prompt Payment Regime?” (2019) Glaholt LLP Winter 2019 Newsletter, Issue 9
  • A. Lee & L. Wang, “Smart Contracts and Blockchain Technology: Transformation of the Construction Industry” (2019) Glaholt LLP Winter 2019 Newsletter, Issue 9
  • A. Lee & K. Du Vernet, “Building Diversity”, November 2019 ed, Construction Law International Magazine, IBA International Construction Projects Committee
  • A. Lee & M. Rotterdam, “Trusts and Bankruptcy – Finally, Some Certainty” (2019) Glaholt LLP Winter 2019 Newsletter, Issue 6 / CBA, Construction & Infrastructure Skylines 
  • A. Lee, “Prompt Payment, Adjudication and More” (2018) Globe and Mail Report on Business, Lexpert Special Edition on Infrastructure Law
  • A. Lee & L. Wang, “Transitioning to the New Construction Act” (2018) 35:1 Construction Law Letter
  • A. Lee & L. Wang, “Liening under the New Construction Act” (2018) Glaholt LLP Spring 2018 Newsletter, Issue 3

Education & Admissions


  • Best Lawyers, Recognized Lawyer, 2022
  • Lexology Client Choice Award, Construction - Canada, 2021
  • Lexpert Ranked Lawyer, 2021
  • Who's Who Legal, Construction Future Leaders, 2021
  • Benchmark Litigation, 2019-2020
  • Lexpert Canada, Consistently Recommended, 2019-2020
  • Certified Specialist in Construction Law, 2018
  • LEED Certification, 2009
  • Hattie Aileen Sommerville Scholarship, University of Toronto
  • Civil Procedure Course Prize, Queen’s University