Lia Bruschetta

Lia Bruschetta

Partner, Litigation

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.4263



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2011


  • Dalhousie University, LL.B
  • University of British Columbia, B.A.



Lia practices complex construction and commercial litigation. She is a dedicated advocate who is committed to client service, and to identifying and obtaining practical results that meet her clients’ objectives – whether in court, or out. Her practice primarily involves disputes arising out of construction and infrastructure projects. This covers all aspects of construction law, including disputes involving contracts and specifications, construction liens, trusts, bond and insurance claims, delay claims, bidding and tendering matters, and negligence claims. Lia also has significant experience with complex commercial litigation, including having litigated a number of high-profile commercial disputes in the infrastructure industry.

Highlights of Lia’s most recent work include: representing the City of Toronto in complex multi-party litigation arising out of the Union Station Redevelopment Project; twice striking claims brought against Dundee Kilmer Development in relation to the development of the 2015 Pan/Parapan AM Games Athletes’ Village; representing Cintra in respect of a dispute involving the $3.25 billion sale of a stake in Ontario’s Highway 407 toll road; defending Bondfield Construction Company against bond, lien and trust claims arising out of the Sheridan College Hazel McCallion Campus expansion; and successfully obtaining relief under the oppression remedy for Estee Lauder in respect of its minority-shareholder interest in Deciem Beauty Group Inc.

In addition to the above, Lia coordinates Osler’s Pro Bono Ontario volunteer program and is a passionate supporter of pro bono initiatives in Ontario. She is also an executive member of the Construction and Infrastructure section of the Ontario Bar Association, and an avid cyclist who coordinates Team Osler’s participation in the Ride to Conquer Cancer each year.

She is recognized as a leading construction and infrastructure litigation practitioner by The Best Lawyers in Canada.

    • Nieuport Aviation in obtaining a judgment of over $130 million against Porter Airlines in the case of Porter Airlines Inc. v. Nieuport Aviation
    • Delphi Energy Corp. in its restructuring transaction under the CCAA
    • Utilities Kingston in its $30 million construction litigation dispute with North America Construction
    • A large international developer of transportation infrastructure in ongoing proceedings relating to a dispute over the sale of a significant interest in a toll road
    • A City on litigation and construction lien matters relating to the $500 million revitalization of a major transportation hub
    • A leading Canadian contractor in litigation and construction lien matters relating to the construction of a campus building
    • A global beauty conglomerate in ongoing oppression proceedings relating to its minority shareholder position in a Canadian beauty manufacturer and retailer
    • A City/utility regarding a number of construction matters, including a wastewater treatment plant
    • A Canadian corporation in a transfer pricing appeal to the Tax Court of Canada relating to the international sales structure of the corporate group
    • A global mining company and a number of its officers and directors in the successful defence of a proposed securities class action making various claims in respect of the company’s disclosure concerning a specific mine
    • A leading hotel chain in respect of ongoing class action proceedings throughout Canada relating to direct marketing fees

  • Best Lawyers: Recognized in Construction Law

  • Law Help Ontario, Duty Counsel Coordinator (Osler) and Volunteer

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Young Women in the Law


  • A party with a purpose, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, 2010
  • Lia Bruschetta’s view from the top // Going in house, Precedent Magazine 2014
  • Business Leadership for Woman Lawyers Program, April 2018, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto  
  • Intervenor Status for Canadian Franchise Association in the Dunkin’ Donuts Case", Update: May 23, 2013 (co-author)
  • "Challenge to Changes in the Feed-in Tariff Program Dismissed by Divisional Court", Update: Sept 12, 2012 (co-author)
  • "Ontario Ministry of Environment Announces Proposed Regulation for Certain Solar Projects Under the EASR", Update: Aug 3, 2012 (co- author)
  • "1250264 Ontario Inc. v. Pet Valu Canada Inc.: In or Out? A Bold Re- Opening of the Opt-Out Period in a Franchise Class Action", Update: Aug 2, 2012 (co-author)
  • "Franchise and Competition Class Actions: Dismissal of Tim Hortons Class Action Is Good News for Franchisors", Update: Mar 6, 2012 (co-author)
  • "Sharma v. Timminco Limited - Limiting Suspension under Section 28 of the Class Proceedings Act", Update: Feb 23, 2012 (co-author)
  • "Ontario Court of Appeal Recognizes Tort of Invasion of Privacy", Update: Jan 23, 2012 (co-author)