Co-Chairs

John Logan, Q.C., Managing Partner, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, B.C. 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

Stephen J. Berezowskyj, Counsel, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP, Vancouver, BC. Steve Berezowskyj is co-chair of his firm’s Construction and Infrastructure Law Group. His litigation and dispute resolution practice focuses on insurance defence and construction related disputes. Steve regularly defends design professionals, contractors in various construction defect, warranty and general liability claims and provides advice to insurers on coverage. He also advises on procurement, builders’ liens and claims for extras and delay. Steve acts as a fairness advisor and monitor for a range of public procurement projects. He is recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Construction and Professional Liability in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory; and was inducted into the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers as a Fellow in 2018.

   

David Edinger, Partner, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP, Vancouver, BC. David is a Partner in Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP’s Commercial Litigation, Construction and Professional Liability Law Groups. He is also Co-Chair of the firm’s Conflict Committee, and a Member of the Management Committee. David helps clients through uniquely tailored and effective approaches which include resolving matters through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation at all levels of court in British Columbia.

   

Jana Mansour, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Jana Mansour is National Co-Chair of Dentons Canada’s Infrastructure and PPP group, and is also a member of the Construction and Project Finance groups. He regularly advises investors, developers and contractors from early-stage consideration through financing, construction, operation and disposition of large-scale infrastructure projects. Jana represents owners and contractors in the negotiation of project agreements, including complex multi-phased engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, operation and maintenance agreements and long-term service agreements. Jana has assisted clients in the preparation, review and clarification of requests for proposals and the preparation of compliant bids. Jana began his legal career in Montréal before moving to New York City, where he practised law for 17 years with two major international law firms. During 2010 – 2016, he was a partner in the Project Finance and Development Group of a major international law firm, based in New York.

   

Karen Martin, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Karen is a partner whose practice focuses on dispute resolution on construction and infrastructure projects. She currently sits on the Dentons National and Global Boards. She also serves as the President of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers. Since the late 1980s, she has acted on procurement and construction claims, including on P3 projects. She provides strategic advice during tender and RFP processes and during construction 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 also acts as referee, mediator and arbitrator. 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 ranked in the areas of Construction and Procurement by LEXPERT, Best Lawyers in Canada, Who’s Who Legal and Who’s Who Legal Canada, Chambers Canada, and Chambers Global.

   

Christopher J. O'Connor, Q.C., Principal, O’Connor Alternate Dispute Resolution, Vancouver, BC. Christopher J. O’Connor, Q.C., C.Arb., FCIArb. has practised extensively in the area of commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation. He received a BA with Distinction from Carleton University in 1973 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto in 1976. He completed the Leadership in Law Firms Program at Harvard University in 2009. He has been accredited the designation Chartered Arbitrator by the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, England and is an accredited mediator and arbitrator at the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre. He specializes in construction arbitration and mediation, with emphasis on commercial disputes, construction disputes, and insurance issues.

   

Brian Samuels, Q.C., 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.

   

David Volk, Counsel, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, BC. David is litigation counsel and assists his clients in dispute resolution matters involving construction, engineering, and development projects. David provides advice to clients at all stages of a project, including contract drafting, tendering, negotiations, mediation, arbitration or litigation in court. David approaches all matters with a view to providing clients with a combination of practical advice and effective counsel work.