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Ivan Merrow



Ivan Merrow is a construction lawyer and litigator at Glaholt Bowles 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.


  • Ontario Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Executive, 2018 – Present
  • Toronto Lawyers Association, Real Estate Committee Co-Chair, 2020 – Present
  • Canadian Bar Association, Construction & Infrastructure Section, Executive, 2020 – Present
  • Ontario Bar Association, Construction & Infrastructure Section
  • The Advocates’ Society, Construction Law Practice Group, Member
  • Society of Construction Law North America, Member
  • First Generation Lawyers Network, Mentor

Teaching Activities

  • University of Toronto, Guest Lecturer, September 25, 2020
  • George Brown College, Guest Lecturer, January 28, 2020

Representative Work

  • Infrastructure (Energy): Acted for subcontractor in dispute with contractor in arbitration of delay and negligence claims
  • Infrastructure (Manufacturing): Acted for supplier in an arbitration related to the supply and manufacture of light rail vehicles to a major public infrastructure project
  • Infrastructure (Transportation): Acted for design-builder in an arbitration related to a public infrastructure project
  • Successfully obtained a trial judgment for breach of trust and defamation, along with a dismissal of the opposing party’s counterclaim
  • 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 twin actions alleging breach of contract and negligence for failing to disclose a reasonable cause of action
  • Counsel for other lawyers respecting alleged professional negligence in handling of construction law matters


  • Construction Law’s New Era of Adjudication and Prompt Payment in Review, Toronto Lawyers Association, 2020
  • The Conflicted Expert: Reinforcing the Obligations of the Claims Consultant, Canadian Bar Association, 2020
  • Construction Contracts and Key Provisions from a Disputes Perspective, University of Toronto, 2020
  • Divine Discoveries: Refusals Motions, Ontario Bar Association, 2020
  • Today’s Advocacy Challenge: Mastering Remote Interactions with the Courts, Ontario Bar Association, 2020
  • Ontario Mid-Market Case Law Update, Canadian Bar Association Insolvency Law National Conference, 2019
  • Divine Discoveries: Building a Great Case, Ontario Bar Association, 2019

Rankings & Recognition

  • C. Thomas Asplund Memorial Award in Legal Ethics, 2015
  • McCarthy Tetrault LLP Scholarship in Legal Ethics, 2015
  • Derek Russell Award in Operations and Information Technology, 2014
  • Beresford-Knox Scholarship in Law, 2011
  • Heidi Thiessen Memorial Award, 2009

Representative Publications

  • Ontario Dispute Adjudication for Construction Contracts (“ODACC”) Annual Report in Review, Glaholt Bowles Newsletter, Fall 2020
  • Rapid Access to Documentation Essential for Adjudication Disputes in Ontario, Construction Comment, 2020
  • Roofmart Ontario Ordered to Disclose Customer Information to Tax Authorities, Glaholt Bowles Newsletter, Summer 2020
  • Contractor’s Conflicted Warranty Language Shut Down on Appeal, Glaholt Bowles Newsletter, Spring 2020
  • Second Round Knockout: Security for Costs and the New Construction Act, February 25, 2020
  • Construction Law Reform Across Canada: Prompt Payment and Adjudication, Skylines CBA Construction and Infrastructure Law Section, October 22, 2019
  • Co-Author, Ontario Mid-Market Case Insolvency Case Law Update 2019, October 21, 2019
  • The New Construction Act: Opportunity and Risk for Lawyers in Ontario, Toronto Law Journal, October 2019
  • ODACC Previews Five Ontario Adjudication Processes, Costs and Example Timeline, September 24, 2019
  • Substantial Compliance Overcomes Irregularity in Public Procurement, College of Canadian Construction Lawyers Legal Update 153, 2019
  • Measure Twice, Cut Once: Preparing Yourself and Your Client for Discovery, Ontario Bar Association, 2019

Education & Admissions