Co-Chairs

John S. Logan, Managing Partner, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, BC. John is a founding partner of Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP. He has tried his fair share of cases, and feels particularly suited to dispute work as he can recall only the victories. He represents a long list of companies involved in the construction industry, including many of the largest contractors in British Columbia and Canada. John frequently acts as an arbitrator, referee, or mediator in commercial and construction disputes. He has an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell in both construction and commercial litigation; has been included once in a while in the LEXPERT ALM 500 as one of the top 500 lawyers in Canada; and is rated as one of British Columbia’s top construction lawyers by Lexpert, Best Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, and Who’s Who Legal. He is regarded by his mother as the best lawyer in the universe.

   

David Mckenzie, Partner, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, BC. David’s practice is focused primarily on construction law. David has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia and has been involved in numerous mediations and arbitrations. His practice includes a significant amount of construction-related solicitor work, and he has drafted and negotiated many construction contracts and tender packages. David is a member of the BC Builders Lien Act reform committee. He is also a contributing author and member of the editorial board for the BC Builders Lien Practice Manual. David is a regular speaker at events for the construction industry and the legal profession, and he has also taught legal courses to both aspiring architects and aspiring lawyers.

   

Faculty

Ariel DeJong, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ariel DeJong is a partner in the McCarthy Tétrault Litigation Group and Insurance Group. His practice primarily focuses on insurance coverage issues as counsel solely for policyholders. He also has significant experience in a wide variety of construction litigation matters both for plaintiffs and defendants and in education law. Ariel is a member of the British Columbia Risk and Insurance Managers Association, The Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice section of the American Bar Association, and the Insurance and Construction Law sections of the Canadian Bar Association. He is ranked as a leading lawyer in the area of insurance litigation in Chambers Canada, as a local litigation star in the area of insurance litigation in Benchmark Canada, The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, and is listed as “fantastic counsel” on insurance coverage areas in 2012’s Who’s Who Legal Canada.

   

Michael Dew, Lawyer, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, BC. Michael Dew’s practice is focused on commercial litigation, particularly construction law, creditors remedies, insurance matters, and shareholder disputes. Prior to attending law school Michael studied civil engineering, became registered as a professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa in 2002, and obtained four years of civil engineering work experience, focusing on structural design.

   

Tyler Galbraith, Partner, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, BC. Tyler practises in the areas of construction and commercial litigation. Tyler has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia and has been involved in several appeals, trials, arbitrations and mediations. He has acted in numerous builders lien and tender cases, disputes arising from delays, defective work, contract termination, bond claims, and insurance coverage. Tyler is a member of a variety of construction and legal associations and has lectured on construction related matters. He is the author of numerous construction law articles and other publications, with a focus on tender and builders liens issues.

   

Karen Martin, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Karen is a partner who practises in the areas of Construction and Infrastructure, and Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and currently sits on the Canada Region Board and the Dentons Global Board. She provides strategic advice during tender and RFP processes and during the implementation of projects to help clients minimize risk, avoid disputes, and resolve project issues expeditiously. When disputes arise, she acts as counsel in the negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation of all types of claims, including procurement changes. She is one of the contributing authors to the BC Builders Liens Practice Manual and the BC Business Disputes Manual, Construction Law chapter. Ms. Martin is rated in the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory as “Repeatedly Recommended” in the area of Construction Law. She is recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada and other publications as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in Construction Law and in Public Procurement Law. Ms. Martin serves as an Elected Governor of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers and she was the Exclusive Winner of the 2014 ILO Client Choice Award in Construction for BC.

   

Brian Samuels, P. Eng. (Civil), MBA, LL.B, C. Arb., Lawyer, Samuels & Co., Vancouver, BC. Brian Samuels is a senior construction lawyer and a licensed Professional Engineer (civil/structural). He practised with Russell and DuMoulin (now Faskens) in Vancouver from 1987 until 1993, and then with Lee & Associates in Denver, Colorado until 1994, before starting his independent practice. He is co-author of the textbook Practical law of Architecture, Engineering and Geoscience (Pearson Canada 2007), author of the textbook Construction Law (Prentice Hall, 1996), and co-editor and contributor to the textbook Expert Evidence in British Columbia Civil Proceedings (CLE, 2001). His practice focuses on resolution of construction disputes, and (more recently) on civil rights (Charter) litigation. Brian has successfully argued cases at all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and in both state and federal courts in the US. Brian is also a trained mediator and arbitrator.

   

Douglas R. Sanders, LL.B., P.Eng., Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver, BC. Doug Sanders is a member of BLG’s Corporate Commercial Group in the Vancouver office, and their Public-Private Infrastructure Projects Group nationally. Doug is both a lawyer and an engineer, and practises in the areas of public-private partnerships, construction contracts (negotiation, drafting, and review), shipbuilding contracts, power plant and industrial EPC contracts, and generally contracts to design or construct any asset. Recognized as a leading lawyer in construction and infrastructure by the foremost legal rankings publications, Doug focuses on large infrastructure projects and has worked on major projects in many Canadian provinces, and around the world. Doug is also a frequent author and speaker for various organizations and publications on these areas of law.