Patricia L. Morrison

Patricia L. Morrison: Attorney with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (757 Attorneys)
  • Centennial Place, East Tower, 1900, 520 - 3rd Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB, Canada T2P 0R3
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Executive Summary

Patricia Morrison is the Regional Group Manager of our Calgary Construction Group, and is also a partner in our Public-Private Infrastructure Projects Focus Group and Environmental Law Focus Group. Trish focuses her practice on all facets of the construction industry - acting for owners, general contractors, subcontractors and sureties in construction disputes and front-end construction project matters such as tendering and other procurement methods, as well as contract drafting, including the negotiation and drafting of P3 agreements.

Trish also provides advice on environmental matters, having acted as counsel on numerous contaminated-site litigation cases and advising on environmental issues in commercial transactions. As well, Trish acts as counsel in litigation involving general corporate/commercial matters such as fidelity claims and product liability disputes. She has appeared before all levels of Court in Alberta and has acted as counsel in many arbitration proceedings and mediations.

Community Involvement

•Director, Famous Five Foundation (Celebrating Leadership in Women), 2010- present
•Chair, BLG's United Way Committee, 2005 and 2006
•Chair, BLG's Leaders of the Way Campaign, 2009

Publications & Presentations

•Author, “Chess Clock Arbitrations - Are they Worth the Constraints,” ADR Perspectives, May 2016.
•Presenter, “Builders’ Liens - Basic Principles,”? Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law,” April 2016.
•Presenter, “Trust Claims in Construction,” Construction Sector In-House Counsel Forum, April 2016.
•Panelist, “Builders’ Lien Act Trust Challenges,” CBA Construction and Infrastructure Law Conference, 2016.
•Co-Chair, Canadian Construction Insurance Law: A Roadmap to Risk Management, Lexpert, Calgary, June 2013.
•Co-Chair and Presenter, Litigation Preparedness and the Handling of Claims, Federated Press Conference entitled 3rd Public Construction Contract and Tendering Course, April 2013.
•Author, “Model Material - Is BIM an effective tool or just another liability,” The Constructor Magazine, 2013.
•Author, “Dispute Resolution - Choosing the Best Option for your Dispute,” Building Strategies & Sustainability, 2013
•Co-Author, “Standard Form Contracts in the Construction Industry” chapter, Review of Construction Law: Recent Developments, Carswell, 2012.
•Presenter, “Update on Corporate Liability for Safety Violations,” Lloyd Sadd Annual Construction Conference, April 2012.
•Presenter, “Successfully Managing Delays and other Common Contractor Issues,” Canadian Institute Western Canadian Construction Superconference, January 2012.
•Presenter, “Drafting Key Provisions in Procurement Documents,” Lexpert Conference entitled “Tendering and Procurement - Navigating the Maze,” June 2011.
•Presenter, “Practical Strategies for Litigation Preparation,” Federated Press Conference entitled “4th Construction Claims Conference,” April 2011.
•Presenter, “Most Current Legal Issues” panel, Canadian Construction Association Annual Conference, March 2011, 2010 and 2009.
•Co-Presenter, “Learning from Past Experiences and Identifying New Opportunities in Today’s Construction Environment,” Canadian Institute Western Canadian Construction Superconference, January 2011.

Rankings & Recognitions

•Recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers Canada - Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Construction).
•Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in the 2017 edition (and since 2014) of the Lexpert Special Edition on Infrastructure.
•Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2011 to 2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Construction Law).
•Recognized in the 2017 edition (and since 2011) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Construction Law).
•Recognized in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star: Alberta and a Litigation Star: Construction, Environmental.
•Recognized in the 2015 edition of the Legal 500 Canada (Dispute Resolution).

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Public-Private Infrastructure Projects
  • Environmental Law
  • Corporate Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction and Engineering

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Queen's University, B.A., Hons., 1993
Law School Attended:
University of Calgary, LL.B., 1997
Year of First admission:
1998
Admission:
2015, Manitoba; 1998, Alberta
Memberships:

Professional Involvement

•fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
•Member, Canadian Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Southern Alberta
•(Past) Chair, Canadian Bar Association, National Construction Law Section, 2012-14?
•Director, CREW (Commercial Re?al Estate Women) Calgary, 2006-11
•Director, Calgary Construction Association, 2006-08

Reported Cases:
Representative Work: Counsel for a general contractor involved in disputes with the owner and numerous subcontractors arising out of the construction of an international airport; Counsel for an owner in a six week, multi-party UNCITRAL arbitration claiming damages against two contractors and a fabricator in relation to the construction of a sour gas processing plant in northern Canada; Counsel for a design-build contractor in a dispute arising out of the design and construction of a highway infrastructure project in Alberta; Defended an international engineering company against a claim for damages arising out of negligent design and project delay on pipeline project in a five-week arbitration.; Counsel for an architect in the defence of an action by an owner for negligent design resulting in building envelope and other deficiencies; Agrium Inc. v. Chubb Insurance Co. of Canada (2007), 5 WWR 530 (Alta. QB); successfully defended at trial a large claim against a fidelity bond.; NAC Constructors Ltd. v. Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission (2005), 144 A.C.W.S. (3d) 469 (Alta. CA); upheld decision limiting effect of discretion clauses in tender documents.?
ISLN:
914203856

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