Jeffrey Vallis is a partner in both our Construction Group and International Construction Projects Focus Group. Based in Calgary, Jeff practises construction litigation and arbitration, and is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Canada for construction law by the foremost legal rankings publications. He acts on behalf of owners, contractors, subcontractors, lenders and sureties in disputes arising from large-scale construction and engineering projects, principally in the infrastructure, industrial and commercial sectors.
Jeff has experience before the superior courts of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada, but primarily before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Alberta Court of Appeal. He has also acted as counsel in many arbitration proceedings, and has served as an arbitrator and as a mediator.
•Board Chair, Hospice Calgary Society, 2008-10
•Director, Hospice Calgary Society, 2002-11
•Trustee and Vice-President, Canadian Athletic Foundation, 1993-2010
•Director and Vice-Chair, Recreation for Life Foundation, 2002-09
•Co-Chair, Hospice Calgary's Community Campaign, 2008-09
•University of Calgary Law Faculty Fundraising Campaign, 1999
Publications & Presentations
•Panel chair, “Construction Claims - Dispute Resolution Options”, 11th Annual WCCAS Energy, Mining and Resources Arbitration Conference, Calgary, May 9, 2017.
•Author, “The Post-Sattva Scope of Arbitration Appeal”, ADR Perspectives (ADR Institute of Canada) May 2017 (with Laura Poppel).
•Speaker, Construction Contract Dispute Resolution - Collaborating with the Opposition in a Litigious Situation, Managing Risk in Construction Contracts and Projects conference, January 2017.
•Panelist, Doing More with Less, Canadian Bar Association/Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Annual Conference, Calgary, August 2015.
•Speaker, Multi-party Arbitrations, Society for Construction Law Conference, September 2014.
•Speaker, New Rules for Summary Judgement in Canada, Annual Meeting of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, June 2014.
•Co-Chair, Canadian Construction Insurance Law: A Roadmap to Risk Management, Lexpert, Calgary, June 2013 (with Patricia Morrison).
•Author, A Bought Magistrate: The Conundrum of the Consultant, Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, 2013 (with Erin Berry).
•Speaker, “Better Understanding the Arbitration Process,” Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch, Commercial Real Property Section, February 2012.
•Speaker, “Leading Types of Claims in the Construction Industry,” 4th Construction Claims Conference, April 2011.
•Contributor, PLC Cross-Border Construction and Projects Handbook, 2011-12.
•Speaker, “Exclusion Clauses in the Construction Context,” Tercon: Changing the Face of Tendering Law in Canada, June 2010.
•Speaker, “Drafting Key Provisions in Procurement Documents,” Tendering and Procurement Conference, May 2010.
•Speaker, “Best Practices for Minimizing Financial Risk During a Construction Project,” 18th Annual Western Canadian Construction Superconference, January 2010.
•Author, “In Defence of Yugraneft,” News and Notes from The Institute of Transnational Arbitration, May 2009.
•Author, “Welcome to Alberta. .. But Don’t be Late,” Lexpert, December 2008.
•Co-Chair, Managing Risks in Construction Contracts Conference, November 2008 (with Scott J. Hammel).
•Speaker, “Construction Delay: A Couple of Current Legal Issues,” Managing Risks in Construction Contracts Conference, November 2008.
•Author, “Resolving Construction Disputes: Is Arbitration Today’s Answer?,” Calgary Construction Association’s magazine, The Constructor, November 2008 (with Patricia L. Morrison).
Testimonials & Rankings
“In addition to his in-depth knowledge of the law, he is a mindful tactician gifted with a highly developed business sense.”
“His selection as outside counsel on our matter was significantly driven by his general stellar reputation as a pre-eminent Canadian lawyer, with particular expertise in complex construction matters.”
“His skill and depth of expertise make him a valuable leader on a complex construction dispute team and he also possesses personal qualities (strong communication and interpersonal skills) that make him an effective collaborator and colleague with other diverse team members.”
- Lexology Client Choice Award independent research
•Recognized in the 2018 and 2016 editions of Chambers Canada - Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Construction).
•Recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Construction).
•Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2006 to 2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Construction Law).
•Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in the 2016, 2015 and 2013 editions of the Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition on Infrastructure.
•Recognized in the 2015 edition of the Legal 500 Canada (Dispute Resolution).
•Recognized in the 2016 and 2015 editions of Who's Who Legal: Construction.
•Recognized in the 2015 (and since 2012) edition of the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Construction Law) and Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Construction Law, Infrastructure Law).
•Recognized in the 2016 edition (and since 2012) of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Construction).
•Recognized by the 2014 Lexology Client Choice Awards as the exclusive winner in Construction in both Canada and Alberta.
•Recognized by the 2013 Lexology Client Choice Awards as the exclusive winner in Construction in Alberta.
•Recognized in the 2012 edition of PLC Which lawyer? (Construction).
•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated. ?
•fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
•fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
•Member, Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society
•Member, Canadian Bar Association and Calgary Bar Association