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Paul Ivanoff - Construction Litigation Lawyer

Paul Ivanoff

Partner, Litigation

Key Contact: Construction

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.4223



Bar Admission

Ontario, 1993

  • University of New Brunswick, LL.B.
  • York University, B.A.

Paul is a Partner in Osler’s Litigation Department and is Co-Chair of the firm’s Construction and Infrastructure practice group. Paul’s practice involves the litigation, arbitration and mediation of disputes arising out of construction and infrastructure projects. He also provides contract administration advice during the course of completion of projects. Paul’s practice covers all aspects of construction law including disputes involving contracts and specifications, power purchase agreements, construction liens, mortgage priorities, delay claims, bidding and tendering matters, negligence claims, bond and insurance claims, and construction trusts. He advises all project participants on disputes related to a broad range of construction and infrastructure projects including airport facilities, power plants (nuclear, gas, solar, wind and coal), highways, industrial facilities, commercial buildings, civil works facilities and subways. Paul is certified as a Specialist in Construction Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

    • An Airport Authority in numerous claims relating to the design, construction and maintenance of air terminal facilities
    • An American based engineering and construction company in an Ontario action involving allegations of conspiracy, fraud and oppression, which focussed on the propriety of the Ontario courts assuming jurisdiction over the dispute
    • A leading engineering firm in disputes relating to the installation of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) equipment at Ontario Power Generating Stations
    • A project owner in an action involving the construction of a co-generation power plant
    • A leading engineering firm in a multi-party Ontario action involving allegations of negligence and breach of contract relating to the design and construction of an industrial processing system
    • An Ontario municipality in connection with procurement advice relating to bidding and tendering issues
    • A nuclear technology and engineering company in a dispute relating to the supply and installation of equipment
    • A leading Canadian contractor in various claims and disputes relating to roadway construction
    • Automobile manufacturers in various disputes relating to projects undertaken at automobile assembly facilities.     
    • A toll highway development company and a technology and services company in insurance actions.

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016-2018, recognized in the area of Construction: Nationwide - Canada.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2008-2018, recognized in the area of Construction Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2017, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Construction Law.
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers, 2015, recognized in the areas of Construction.
  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers, 2014-2016.
  • Expert Guides: The Legal Media Group Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers, 2013, recognized in the area of  Construction Law.
  • Martindale-Hubbell, BV® Distinguished Rating.
  • Canadian Who’s Who 2012.

  • Wind Energy Institute of Canada, Director 

  • Ontario Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Past Chair
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society

  • Ryerson University – Engineering Law Course (Instructor), all Engineering Departments (2015-2017).
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Certificate in Contract Management, Speaker (August 2017).
  • The Canadian Institute, EPCM for Mining, Energy and Infrastructure Projects, Speaker (June 2013).
  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Professionalism and Practice Management in the Construction Lien Context, Speaker (January 2013).
  • Ontario Bar Association, Strategic Use of Summary Judgment in Construction Cases, Speaker (March 2012).
  • The Canadian Institute, 21st Annual Construction Superconference, Speaker, (December 2011).
  • Federated Press, 3rd Construction Claims Course, Course Leader and Lecturer (January 2011).
  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Construction Lien Essentials, Speaker (January and March 2011).
  • Osgoode Hall Law School Intensive Workshop, Negotiating Skills for Construction Professionals, Speaker (November 2009).
  • Pre-Trial Discovery Procedure in Canadian Litigation, Construction Checklists: A Guide to Frequently Encountered Construction Issues (edited by Fred D. Wilshusen, Eric A. Berg, et al. Chicago: ABA Publishing), American Bar Association, 2008.
  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Construction Lien Essentials, Speaker (January 2009).
  • Supreme Court of Canada Rules Owner in Tendering Process Owes No Duty of Care to Subcontractors, Osler Update, May 12, 2008.
  • The Canadian Construction Law Dictionary (Judicially Considered), Harvey J. Kirsh, Paul A. Ivanoff, Markham, Ontario:  LexisNexis Butterworths, 2006.