Corporate entities of all sizes turn to Andrew for his technical soundness, creative problem solving and depth of experience in a diverse range of construction-related claims, including builders’ liens, claims for extras or other unpaid amounts, construction bond claims, and delay and impact claims. In addition, Andrew acts for a number of different surety companies providing assistance in responding to performance bond and labour and material payment bond claims and bringing claims against indemnitors for recovery. He also assists sureties in recovery actions arising from fidelity bonds.
Andrew also represents clients in matters concerning title insurance, which typically involve real estate, foreclosure and bankruptcy issues; commercial
disputes involving directors and officers liability, conflicts between shareholders, claims for oppression and other relief under the Business Corporations Act.
Andrew has worked extensively with technical experts in numerous areas and has successfully represented his clients before all levels of the Courts in Alberta and in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Value to Clients
I enjoy working on construction claims and claims involving the Builders Lien Act, as I have a firm grasp on what is a rather opaque and confusing piece of legislation. I understand the value of staying calm and collected. While aggressive when I need to be, unnecessary fights are expensive and wasteful, if that can be avoided then all the better. I prefer to be smart, reasonable and leverage my experience with construction law. If the lawyer on the other side of a construction dispute doesn’t regularly practice in the area, then they won’t likely see the issues or ask the right questions.
Outside the Office
Andrew enjoys building electronic synthesizers, graphic design, smoking copious amounts of meat in his smoker and finding ways to mix Korean and Japanese ingredients into the barbecue pit. He has a vast collection of board games (and especially enjoys reading the rule books) and has built a particularly realistic 3D Catan game. Andrew has a love of detail, in his spare time, just as much as in his practice of law.
Calgary Legal Guidance
2009 - 2016
University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic
2005 - 2007
University of Ottawa Criminal Law Students Association
2004 - 2007
Housing Help - Pro Bono Students Canada
2005 - 2005
HVC Canada Ltd v. EllisDon Construction Services Inc., 2016 ABQB 602, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
HVC Canada Ltd. v. EllisDon Construction Services Inc., 2016 ABQB 105, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Wong v. Enmax Encompass Inc., 2010 ABCA 13, Alberta Court of Appeal
Carbon Development Partnership v. Alberta (Energy & Utilities Board), 2008 ABCA 269, Alberta Court of Appeal
•Represented an international Engineering, Procurement, Construction contractor in construction dispute with its subcontractor and a supplier arising from large electrical transmission and distribution project
•Represented member of a large construction joint venture in a dispute with the other joint venture member arising from industrial potash project
•Represented general contractor alleging that its subcontractor was responsible for delay in construction and therefore not entitled to payment and successful obtained an order requiring the subcontractor to post security for costs which effectively ended the lawsuit
•Defended a general contractor against multiple liens filed by subcontractors involved in a public infrastructure project
•Represented a host of lien claimants in various actions to recover unpaid funds and defending counterclaims with respect to the performance of the contractor
•Represented sureties defending performance bond and labour and material bond claims
•Prosecuted recovery actions on behalf of sureties pursuant to indemnity agreements resulting in recovery of several hundred thousand dollars
•Prosecuted recovery actions on behalf of sureties and employers against employees engaged in various frauds which required obtaining numerous ex parte orders to freeze assets and compel production of records from third parties prior to the commencement of the lawsuit
•Represented a national title insurer in recovery claims and in defending denials made under policies of title insurance
•Represented various individual corporate shareholders claiming oppression and obtaining Court orders allowing for derivative actions to be commenced against directors for their breaches
•Prosecuted subrogated recovery actions arising from fire and water escapes
Surety Association of Canada
2014 - Present
Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association
2010 - Present
Law Society of Alberta
2007 - Present
Calgary Bar Association
2007 - Present
Canadian Bar Association
2006 - Present