skip to main content

Derrick Dodgson



Derrick maintains a broad construction law practice in dispute resolution and contract development. Derrick’s experience includes a wide variety of litigation and international arbitration matters and conducting associated legal research, preparing written submissions, coordinating documentary discovery, examining and cross-examining witnesses, arguing contested motions, and adjudication under the Ontario Construction Act. Derrick has worked extensively on complex claims involving schedule delay, engineering, and other disputes on large, multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects, and applies that experience to help clients develop strong contractual frameworks for construction and consulting services at the outset of projects. Derrick is a contributor to industry and firm publications on a variety of subjects.

 Derrick obtained his J.D. from the Western University Faculty of Law, where he competed and placed in internal and external advocacy competitions including the Canadian Client Consultation Competition and the Canadian Corporate/Securities Law Moot. Prior to law school, Derrick studied Civil Engineering, obtaining his B.Sc. (Eng) from Queen’s University.


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association: Construction & Infrastructure Law Section, Young Lawyers Division
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Former Representative to: Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario, Canadian Federation of Engineering Students, Law Students’ Society of Ontario

Teaching Activities

  • Guest Lecturer, Osgoode Hall Law School, LLM Construction Law, 2018

Representative Work

  • Ad hoc arbitration relating to engineering, procurement, and construction management of a nickel hydrometallurgical processing facility
  • Ad hoc arbitration relating to construction of civil works and structural engineering for a hydroelectric facility and related infrastructure
  • Extensive multi-party and multi-disciplinary litigation in respect of a renovation, restoration, and expansion project for a major rail transit hub
  • Contract drafting, negotiation, and dispute resolution in respect of high-rise residential construction projects
  • Model law challenges to enforcement of an ICC arbitration award
  • Lien and trust claims in respect of materials supplied to projects affected by bankruptcy, insolvency, and CCAA proceedings
  • Velusina Design and Construction Inc. v. Unit 11, 2021 ONSC 5378 (CanLII), 2021 CarswellOnt 11207


  • Glaholt Bowles LLP Building Insight Podcast: “Callow and Wastech: Recent Developments on the Duty of Good Faith”, Episode 29
  • Glaholt Bowles LLP Building Insight Podcast: “COVID-19 Updates to Ontario’s Essential Construction Workplaces”, Episode 20

Representative Publications

  • “The Uncertainty of Construction Without a Written Contract” (2019) Glaholt Bowles LLP Newsletter, Winter 2019 (Issue 6)
  • “Case Comment: Valard v. Bird, 2018 SCC 8” (2018) Glaholt Bowles LLP Newsletter, Spring 2018 (Issue 3)
  • “Termination: Treat Convenience With Caution” (2017) 33:6 Construction Law Letter
  • “Case Comment: Nicholson v Edgecon, 2015 ONSC 1237”(2015) Ontario Bar Association, Construction and Infrastructure Law Section
  • “Project Consultants: Experts on Site and now in the Courtroom” (2015) 31:6 Construction Law Letter

Education & Admissions