Andrew Wilkinson
Andrew Wilkinson
Practice Group Leader
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Andrew Wilkinson leads Field Law's Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Calgary. His practice concentrates on construction-related litigation and alternative dispute resolution on behalf of general contractors and subcontractors with claims arising from commercial and industrial construction projects in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Corporate entities of all sizes turn to Andrew for his technical soundness, creative problem solving and depth of experience in a diverse range of construction-related claims, including builders’ liens, claims for extras or other unpaid amounts, construction bond claims, and delay and impact claims. In addition, Andrew acts for a number of different surety companies providing assistance in responding to performance bond and labour and material payment bond claims and bringing claims against indemnitors for recovery. He also assists sureties in recovery actions arising from fidelity bonds. 

Andrew also represents clients in matters concerning title insurance, which typically involve real estate, foreclosure and bankruptcy issues; commercial disputes involving directors and officers liability, conflicts between shareholders, claims for oppression and other relief under the Business Corporations Act

Andrew has worked extensively with technical experts in numerous areas and has successfully represented his clients before all levels of the Courts in Alberta and in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Value to Clients
"I enjoy working on construction claims and claims involving the Builders Lien Act, as I have a firm grasp on what is a rather opaque and confusing piece of legislation. I understand the value of staying calm and collected. While aggressive when I need to be, unnecessary fights are expensive and wasteful, if that can be avoided then all the better. I prefer to be smart, reasonable and leverage my experience with construction law. If the lawyer on the other side of a construction dispute doesn’t regularly practice in the area, then they won’t likely see the issues or ask the right questions."

Outside the Office
Andrew enjoys building electronic synthesizers, graphic design, smoking copious amounts of meat in his smoker and finding ways to mix Korean and Japanese ingredients into the barbecue pit. He has a vast collection of board games (and especially enjoys reading the rule books) and has built a particularly realistic 3D Catan game. Andrew has a love of detail, in his spare time, just as much as in his practice of law.

Surety Association of Canada
Affiliate Member
2014 - Present
Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association
Adjunct Member
2010 - Present
Law Society of Alberta
2007 - Present
Calgary Bar Association
2007 - Present
Canadian Bar Association
2006 - Present
Calgary Legal Guidance
Intake Volunteer
2009 - 2016
University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic
2005 - 2007
University of Ottawa Criminal Law Students Association
2004 - 2007
Housing Help - Pro Bono Students Canada
2005 - 2005
Steer v Chicago Title Insurance Company, 2019 ABQB 318
RPC Limited Partnership v SNC-Lavalin ATP Inc, 2018 ABQB 656
Steer v Chicago Title Insurance Company, 2018 ABQB 28
HVC Canada Ltd v. EllisDon Construction Services Inc., 2016 ABQB 602
HVC Canada Ltd. v. EllisDon Construction Services Inc., 2016 ABQB 105
Cranbrook (City) v. Gabriel Construction (Alberta) Ltd., 2014 BCSC 2280
Wong v. Enmax Encompass Inc., 2010 ABCA 13
Carbon Development Partnership v. Alberta (Energy & Utilities Board), 2008 ABCA 269
February 2019
Show me the Money! Timing the Release of Holdback
Field Law Blog
February 2018
Case Summary: Valard Construction Ltd. v Bird Construction Co.
Defence + Indemnity
A. Supreme Court of Canada finds obligee/trustee under a Labour and Material Payment Bond breached the fiduciary duty owed to a claimant by failing to disclose existence of the Bond. Valard Construction Ltd. v. Bird Construction Co., 2018 SCC 8, p...
February 2018
Do Something! Labour and Material Payment Bonds Should Be Disclosed to Claimants
Field Law Blog
February 2018
Claims for Extra Work and Back Charges: A Tale of Two Trades
Field Law Blog
October 2017
Case Summary: Vermilion & District Housing Foundation v Binder Construction Limited
Defence + Indemnity Newsletter
A. The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench holds surety liable under a performance bond for consequential damages suffered by an obligee as result of defaulting contractor.  Vermilion & District Housing Foundation v Binder Construction Limite...
August 2017
Case Summary: Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corp. v. Able Eavestroughing Ltd.
Defence + Indemnity Newsletter
A. Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench finds CRA entitled to priority to “earned but unpaid” contract funds held by obligee (over the surety who had paid out labour and material payment bond claims after principal’s default)  &...
July 2017
“A rose by any other name? Not so!”: The critical role of “improvement” in the Builders’ Lien Act
May 2017
Case Summary: MJ Limited (MJ Trucking) v. Prairie Mountain Construction (2010) Inc.
Construction Law Letter
Registering a lien against the wrong lands: fatal or repairable? See page 13.
June 2016
Case Summary: HOOPP Realty Inc. v. The Guarantee Company of North America
Defence + Indemnity Newsletter
V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES Obligee's claim against surety can survive despite Obligee's claim against principal being unenforceable as a result of wording of completion agreement HOOPP Realty Inc. v. The Guarantee C...
Feb 2016
Case Summary: Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. v. Structal Heavy Steel
Defence + Indemnity Newsletter
V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES The relationship between trust and lien claims under Provincial builders' lien legislation Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. v. Structal Heavy Steel, 2015 SCC 43, per Rothstein, J.  I. FACTS AND...
  • Represented an international Engineering, Procurement, Construction contractor in construction dispute with its subcontractor and a supplier arising from large electrical transmission and distribution project
  • Represented member of a large construction joint venture in a dispute with the other joint venture member arising from industrial potash project
  • Represented general contractor alleging that its subcontractor was responsible for delay in construction and therefore not entitled to payment and successful obtained an order requiring the subcontractor to post security for costs which effectively ended the lawsuit
  • Defended a general contractor against multiple liens filed by subcontractors involved in a public infrastructure project
  • Represented a host of lien claimants in various actions to recover unpaid funds and defending counterclaims with respect to the performance of the contractor
  • Represented sureties defending performance bond and labour and material bond claims
  • Prosecuted recovery actions on behalf of sureties pursuant to indemnity agreements resulting in recovery of several hundred thousand dollars
  • Prosecuted recovery actions on behalf of sureties and employers against employees engaged in various frauds which required obtaining numerous ex parte orders to freeze assets and compel production of records from third parties prior to the commencement of the lawsuit
  • Represented a national title insurer in recovery claims and in defending denials made under policies of title insurance
  • Represented various individual corporate shareholders claiming oppression and obtaining Court orders allowing for derivative actions to be commenced against directors for their breaches
  • Prosecuted subrogated recovery actions arising from fire and water escapes


University of Ottawa, 2007, Bachelor of Laws Cum Laude
University of Calgary, 2001, Bachelor of Arts With Honours