Jean van der Lee, QC

Jean van der Lee, QC: Attorney with Field Law

Biography

Jean van der Lee practices in the area of civil litigation with particular emphasis on construction and insurance law, focusing on commercial construction, surety and fidelity claims. She has been a partner of Field Law since 1990 and has extensive trial experience. Jean has represented insurance companies and major engineering and construction companies in significant multi-party litigation and has been involved in local arbitration proceedings as well as proceedings under the International Commercial Arbitration Act and the American Arbitration Association Rules for Construction Disputes - Large Complex Cases.

As a complement to her civil litigation practice, Jean has developed and presented seminars for the Calgary Construction Association and Insurance Institute of Canada and has been a guest lecturer for a number of years on construction and surety matters at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Continuing Education and Faculty of Engineering. Jean has been Instructor of Contract Law and Documents, Construction Administration Certificate Program, Faculty of Continuing Education at the University of Calgary.

Jean is listed as a leading construction lawyer in Lexpert, International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, Who's Who Legal Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada - Construction Law, and Lexpert/American Lawyer - Guide to Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. Jean was recognized by Best Lawyers as the Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law for 2013 and 2017 in Calgary, AB.

Honours and Awards

Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement Martindale-Hubbell 2017
Lexpert Ranked Lawyer - Consistently Recommended, Construction Law 2016
Who's Who Legal Canada, Construction Law Who's Who Legal 2014
Lexpert /American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada Lexpert 2014
Who's Who International, Business Lawyers/Construction Law Who's Who Legal 2014
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Most Frequently Recommended, Construction Law Lexpert 2014
Best Lawyers - Construction Law Lawyer of the Year” in Canada Best Lawyers 2013 and 2017
Who's Who Legal Canada, Construction Law 2013
Who's Who International, Business Lawyers/Construction Law Who's Who Legal 2013
Lexpert /American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada Lexpert 2013
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Most Frequently Recommended, Construction Law Lexpert 2013
Who's Who Legal Canada, Construction Law Who's Who Legal 2012
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Most Frequently Recommended, Construction Law Lexpert 2012
Lexpert /American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada Lexpert 2012
Who's Who International, Business Lawyers/Construction Law Who's Who Legal 2012
Who's Who Legal Canada, Construction Law Who's Who Legal 2011
Who's Who International, Business Lawyers/Construction Law Who's Who Legal 2011
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Most Frequently Recommended, Construction Law Lexpert 2011
Lexpert /American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada Lexpert 2011
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Most Frequently Recommended, Construction Law Lexpert 2010
Who's Who Legal Canada, Construction Law Who's Who Legal 2010
Lexpert /American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada Lexpert 2010
Who's Who International, Business Lawyers/Construction Law Who's Who Legal 2010
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Most Frequently Recommended, Construction Law Lexpert 2009
Best Lawyers Best Lawyers 2006 - 2017

Presentations

Lecturer / Teaching Positions

The following is a list of lectures, classes, seminars or speaking engagements given or taught by Jean:

Gold Seal Program Course, Contract Law and Documents Red Deer College 1998
Faculty of Continuing Education - Contract Law & Documents, Construction Management Certificate Program University of Calgary 1996-2000
Faculty of Engineering University of Calgary 1992 - Present

Past Presentations

The following is a list of presentations, seminars or speaking engagements previously given by Jean:

Compellability of Witnesses in Arbitration 2008 CBA National Construction Law Conference April 2008
Managing Complex Litigation - Implications Arising From Parallel or Related Proceedings 2008 CBA National Construction Law Conference April 2008
Securing and Enforcing Surety Bonds and Other Forms of Construction Security Canadian Institute - 15th Annual Western Canadian Super Conference January 2007
Construction Law Update - Contracts and Bonds Conference April 2006
The Anatomy of a Construction Action Canadian Institute - 14th Annual Western Canadian Super Conference January 2006
Construction Bonding and Insurance Update Canadian Institute - 12th Annual Western Canadian Super Conference January, 2004
Construction Law Update Homebuilders & Renovations Expo November, 2003
Construction Law Update Conference February, 2003
ADR and Mediation in the Surety Industry Surety Association of Canada 4th. National Surety Conference November 2001
Managing Construction/Purchasing Risk Calgary Airport Authority June 2001
Legal Alert - Construction Law Primer Calgary April 2001
Surety Bonds Seminar Insurance Institute of Southern Alberta February 2001
Recent Developments in Construction Law Homebuilder & Renovator Expo October 2000
Sureties and The Companies Creditors Arrangement Act: Construction Law: 2000 and Beyond Vancouver - Canadian Bar Association National Construction Law Section May 2000
Surety Bonds The Insurance Institute of Southern Alberta January 2000
The Basics of Surety Law Canadian Bar Association - Construction Law Section South Alberta October 1999
Recent Legal and Legislative Developments in Construction Law Construction Superconference, Calgary - The Canadian Institute November 1997
Alternative Dispute Resolution - Recent Developments in Private and Government Contracts Alberta Construction Exposition, ACE 98 November 1997
Alternative Dispute Resolution Construction Specifications Canada, Calgary October 1996
Arbitration Provisions in Construction Contracts - Is a Surety Bound? Canadian Bar Association - Construction Law National Round Table - Aylmer, Quebec May 1996

Published Works

Articles

Recent Developments in Construction, Labour Relations, and Occupational Health & Safety in Alberta, Canada Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada January 2013
Implications Arising from Parallel or Related Proceedings - Use of Evidence - Res Judicata - Having Proceedings Stayed Construction Law Conference April 2008
Compellability of Witnesses in Arbitration Construction Law Conference April 2008
Owner's Duty of Fairness in the Tender Process Construction Law Update February 2006
Joint Meeting of the American College of Construction Lawyers and The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Construction Law Reports - Third Series February 2005
Completing Sureties: Can't Get No Respect Construction Law Reports 1999

Accolades

2017 - Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement
2016 - Lexpert Ranked Lawyer - Consistently Recommended, Construction Law
2014 - Lexpert /American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
2014 - Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Most Frequently Recommended, Construction Law
2014 - Who's Who Legal Canada, Construction Law
2013 and 2017 - Best Lawyers - Construction Law Lawyer of the Year” in Canada
2013 - Lexpert /American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
2013 - Who's Who Legal Canada, Construction Law
2013 - Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Most Frequently Recommended, Construction Law
2006 - 2017 - Best Lawyers

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Construction
  • Insurance
  • Surety

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
403 260 8520  Phone
403 264 7084  Fax
www.fieldlaw.com/lawyer_overview.asp?lawyerID=38
University Attended:
University of Calgary, Bachelor of Arts, 1971; University of Calgary, Master of Science, Psychology, 1974
Law School Attended:
University of Calgary, Bachelor of Laws, 1983
Year of First admission:
1984
Admission:
1984, Alberta
Memberships:

Professional Associations

Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Arbitration and Mediation Members Committee Member 2015-Present
Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Legal Update Committee Chairperson
Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Board of Governors President 2007-2008
Surety Association of Canada, Western Committee Member 2000-Present
Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Board of Governors Member 2000-Present
Calgary Construction Association, Education Fund Director 2000-2008
Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Founding fellow 1998-Present
Calgary Construction Association Director 1997-1999
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Construction Law Section (South) Chairperson 1989-1990
Law Society of Alberta Member 1984-Present

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: Sprague Rosser Contracting Co Ltd. v. EOS Pipeline & Facilities Inc. 2016 ABQB 231 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2016; UPA Construction Group Limited Partnership v. Lake Placid Properties (Park) Inc. 2010 ABQB 675 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2010; Contintental Earthmovers Ltd. v. Midwest Furnishing & Supplies Ltd. (c.o.b. Midwest Developments) [2006] A.J. No. 889 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2006; Bains Engineering Corp. v. 734560 Alberta Ltd. 2005 ABCA 187 Alberta Court of Appeal 2005; Bains Engineering Corp. v. 734560 Alberta Ltd. 2004 ABQB 780 Alberta Court of Appeal 2004; Tracer Industries Inc. v. Shell Canada Ltd. [2004] A.J. No. 769 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2004; Bains Engineering Corp. v. 734560 Alberta Ltd. [2004] A.J. No. 1237 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2004; American Home Assurance Co. v. Tanar Industries Ltd. 2002 ABQB 101 Alberta Court of Appeal 2002; Alberta (Executive Director of Securities Commission) v. Vantage Securities Inc. [2002] A.J. No. 126 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2002; Sovereign General Insurance Co. v. Tanar Industries Ltd. [2002] A.J. No. 107 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2002; Tanar Industries Ltd. v. Outokumpu Eco Energy 303 A.R. 27 Alberta Court of Appeal 2001; Sovereign General Insurance Co. v. Tanar Industries Ltd. [2001] A.J. No. 613 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2001; Scaffold Connection Corp. (Re) [2000] A.J. No.230 Alberta Court of Appeal 2000; Tanar Industries Ltd. v. Outokumpu Eco Energy 249 A.R. 1 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1999; Sovereign General Insurance Co. v. Tanar Industries Ltd. [1999] A.J. No. 634 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1999; Tanar Industries Ltd. v. Outokumpu Ecoenergy Inc. [1999] A.J. No. 1151 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1999; Kvaerner Enviropower Inc. v. Tanar Industries Ltd. affd.[1998] A.J. No. 1027 Alberta Court of Appeal 1998; Tanar Industries Ltd. v. American Home Assurance Co. 1998 ABCA 313 Alberta Court of Appeal 1998; Landes v. Royal Bank 1997 CarswellAlta 248 Alberta Court of Appeal 1997; Rainbird Sprinkler Mfg. Co. (Canada) v. Elpat Holdings Ltd. [1997] A.J. No. 385 Alberta Court of Appeal 1997; Kvaerner Enviropower, Inc. v. Tanar Industries Ltd. [1996] A.J. No. 805 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1996; Kvaerner Enviropower Inc. v. Tanar Industries Ltd. affd.[1994] A.J. No. 778 Alberta Court of Appeal 1994; Kvaerner Enviropower Inc. v. Tanar Industries Ltd. [1994] A.J. No. 556 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1994; Greenscape Ltd. v. LRSCO Investments Ltd. [1994] A.J. No. 514 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1994; Pecaflor Construction Inc. v. Royal Bank of Canada [1994] A.J. No. 490 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1994; Maiklem v. Springbank Oil & Gas Ltd. [1994] A.J. No. 1005 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1994; Guarantee Co. of North America v. Beasse 1993 CarswellAlta 463 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1993; Rainbird Sprinkler Mfg. Co. (Canada) v. Elpat Holdings Ltd. [1993] A.J. No. 861 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1993; Guarantee Co. of North America v. Beasse 1992 CarswellAlta 448 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1992; The Guarantee Company of North America v. Robdale Contractors et al. [1992], 7 C.L.R. (2d) 194, additional reasons at [1993], 14 C.P.C. (3d) 182 Court of Queen's Bench 1992; Pigott Project Management Ltd. v. Alberta [1992] A.J. No. 1215 Masters Chambers 1992; Robdale Contractors Ltd. v. Deloitte & Touche Inc. 1991 CarswellAlta 303 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1991; Ellis-Don Management Services Ltd. v. Canadian Surety Co. [1991] A.J. No. 675 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1991; Guarantee Co. of North America v. Beasse [1991] A.J. No. 1234 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1991; Guarantee Co. of North America v. Beasse [1991] A.J. No. 1199; 7 C.L.R. (2d) 194 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1991; Robdale Contractors Ltd. v. Deloitte and Touche Inc. [1991] A.J. No. 111 Masters Chambers 1991; Barry Pendergast Architect Ltd. v. Marigold Holdings Ltd. 1989 CarswellAlta 90 Alberta Court of Appeal 1989; Marigold Holdings Ltd. v. Norem Construction Ltd. (Alta. C.A.) [1989] A.J. No. 548 Alberta Court of Appeal 1989; Marigold Holdings Ltd. v. Norem Construction Ltd. 1988 CarswellAlta 116 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1988; Dominion Construction v. Modular Windows et al [1988] A.J. No. 540; 30 C.L.R. 30 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench: Action No. 8301-04821 1988; Oracle Resources Ltd. v. Dome Petroleum Ltd. [1988] A.J. No. 289 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1988; Oracle Resources Ltd. v. Dome Petroleum Ltd. [1988] A.J. 146 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1988; Marigold Holdings v. Noram Construction Ltd. [1987] 60 Alta. L.R. (2d) 289 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1987; Rasmussen v. Westerkirk Holdings Inc./Ford v. Westerkirk Holdings Inc. 8701-21524, 8701-21509 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, Appeal to Court of Appeal dismissed with costs throughout.
ISLN:
901862332

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  • 4.4/5.0
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