Jean van der Lee
Jean van der Lee
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Jean van der Lee practices in the area of civil litigation with particular emphasis on construction and insurance law, focusing on commercial construction, surety and fidelity claims. She has been a partner of Field Law since 1990 and has extensive trial experience. Jean has represented insurance companies and major engineering and construction companies in significant multi-party litigation and has been involved in local arbitration proceedings as well as proceedings under the International Commercial Arbitration Act and the American Arbitration Association Rules for Construction Disputes - Large Complex Cases.

As a complement to her civil litigation practice, Jean has developed and presented seminars for the Calgary Construction Association and Insurance Institute of Canada and has been a guest lecturer for a number of years on construction and surety matters at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Continuing Education and Faculty of Engineering. Jean has been Instructor of Contract Law and Documents, Construction Administration Certificate Program, Faculty of Continuing Education at the University of Calgary.

Jean is listed as a leading construction lawyer in Lexpert, International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers, Who's Who Legal Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada - Construction Law, and Lexpert/American Lawyer - Guide to Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. Jean was recognized by Best Lawyers as the Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law for 2013 and 2017 in Calgary, AB.

Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Legal Update Committee
Chairperson
Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Arbitration and Mediation Members Committee
Member
2015 - Present
Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Board of Governors
President
2007-2008
Surety Association of Canada, Western Committee
Member
2000-Present
Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Board of Governors
Member
2000-Present
Calgary Construction Association, Education Fund
Director
2000-2008
Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
Founding Fellow
1998-Present
Calgary Construction Association
Director
1997-1999
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Construction Law Section (South)
Chairperson
1989-1990
Law Society of Alberta
Member
1984-Present
Construction Law
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2006-2018
Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement
Martindale-Hubbell
2017
Best Lawyers - Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year” in Canada
Best Lawyers
2013 and 2017
Lexpert Ranked Lawyer - Consistently Recommended, Construction Law
Lexpert
2016
Who's Who Legal Canada, Construction Law
Who's Who Legal
2014
Lexpert™/American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
Lexpert
2014
Canadian Legal Lexpert™ Directory, Most Frequently Recommended, Construction Law
Lexpert
2014
Who's Who International, Business Lawyers/Construction Law
Who's Who Legal
2014
Canadian Legal Lexpert™ Directory, Most Frequently Recommended, Construction Law
Lexpert
2013
Lexpert™/American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
Lexpert
2013
Who's Who International, Business Lawyers/Construction Law
Who's Who Legal
2013
Who's Who Legal Canada, Construction Law
Who's Who Legal
2013
Lexpert™/American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
Lexpert
2012
Canadian Legal Lexpert™ Directory, Most Frequently Recommended, Construction Law
Lexpert
2012
Who's Who International, Business Lawyers/Construction Law
Who's Who Legal
2012
Who's Who Legal Canada, Construction Law
Who's Who Legal
2012
Who's Who International, Business Lawyers/Construction Law
Who's Who Legal
2011
Who's Who Legal Canada, Construction Law
Who's Who Legal
2011
Canadian Legal Lexpert™ Directory, Most Frequently Recommended, Construction Law
Lexpert
2011
Lexpert™/American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
Lexpert
2011
Canadian Legal Lexpert™ Directory, Most Frequently Recommended, Construction Law
Lexpert
2010
Who's Who Legal Canada, Construction Law
Who's Who Legal
2010
Lexpert™/American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
Lexpert
2010
Who's Who International, Business Lawyers/Construction Law
Who's Who Legal
2010
Canadian Legal Lexpert™ Directory, Most Frequently Recommended, Construction Law
Lexpert
2009
Calgary Construction Association
Volunteer of the Year
1998 - 1998
Calgary Construction Association Education Fund
Fund Raising Committee
2000 - 2000
Calgary Construction Association Education Fund
Chairperson - Fall Golf Tournament
2000 - 2000
L'Expert Listing for Construction Law
2000 - Present
Heart and Stroke Foundation
Volunteer
1998 - Present
Canadian Cancer Society
Volunteer
2000 - Present
University of Calgary Law School - Fund Raising Drive
Alumni Representative
1998 - 1998
Calgary Construction Association Education Fund
Director
2000 - 2008
Rasmussen v. Westerkirk Holdings Inc./Ford v. Westerkirk Holdings Inc., 8701-21524, 8701-21509, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, Appeal to Court of Appeal dismissed with costs throughout.
Sprague Rosser Contracting Co Ltd. v. EOS Pipeline & Facilities Inc., 2016 ABQB 231, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
UPA Construction Group Limited Partnership v. Lake Placid Properties (Park) Inc., 2010 ABQB 675, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Contintental Earthmovers Ltd. v. Midwest Furnishing & Supplies Ltd. (c.o.b. Midwest Developments), [2006] A.J. No. 889, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Bains Engineering Corp. v. 734560 Alberta Ltd., 2005 ABCA 187, Alberta Court of Appeal
Bains Engineering Corp. v. 734560 Alberta Ltd., 2004 ABQB 780, Alberta Court of Appeal
Bains Engineering Corp. v. 734560 Alberta Ltd., [2004] A.J. No. 1237, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Tracer Industries Inc. v. Shell Canada Ltd., [2004] A.J. No. 769, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Alberta (Executive Director of Securities Commission) v. Vantage Securities Inc., [2002] A.J. No. 126, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
American Home Assurance Co. v. Tanar Industries Ltd., 2002 ABQB 101, Alberta Court of Appeal
Sovereign General Insurance Co. v. Tanar Industries Ltd., [2002] A.J. No. 107, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Sovereign General Insurance Co. v. Tanar Industries Ltd., [2001] A.J. No. 613, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Tanar Industries Ltd. v. Outokumpu Eco Energy, 303 A.R. 27, Alberta Court of Appeal
Scaffold Connection Corp. (Re), [2000] A.J. No.230, Alberta Court of Appeal
Sovereign General Insurance Co. v. Tanar Industries Ltd., [1999] A.J. No. 634, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Tanar Industries Ltd. v. Outokumpu Eco Energy, 249 A.R. 1, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Tanar Industries Ltd. v. Outokumpu Ecoenergy Inc., [1999] A.J. No. 1151, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Kvaerner Enviropower Inc. v. Tanar Industries Ltd., affd.[1998] A.J. No. 1027, Alberta Court of Appeal
Tanar Industries Ltd. v. American Home Assurance Co., 1998 ABCA 313, Alberta Court of Appeal
Landes v. Royal Bank, 1997 CarswellAlta 248, Alberta Court of Appeal
Rainbird Sprinkler Mfg. Co. (Canada) v. Elpat Holdings Ltd., [1997] A.J. No. 385, Alberta Court of Appeal
Kvaerner Enviropower, Inc. v. Tanar Industries Ltd., [1996] A.J. No. 805, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Greenscape Ltd. v. LRSCO Investments Ltd., [1994] A.J. No. 514, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Kvaerner Enviropower Inc. v. Tanar Industries Ltd., affd.[1994] A.J. No. 778, Alberta Court of Appeal
Kvaerner Enviropower Inc. v. Tanar Industries Ltd., [1994] A.J. No. 556, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Maiklem v. Springbank Oil & Gas Ltd., [1994] A.J. No. 1005, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Pecaflor Construction Inc. v. Royal Bank of Canada, [1994] A.J. No. 490, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Guarantee Co. of North America v. Beasse, 1993 CarswellAlta 463, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Rainbird Sprinkler Mfg. Co. (Canada) v. Elpat Holdings Ltd., [1993] A.J. No. 861, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Guarantee Co. of North America v. Beasse, 1992 CarswellAlta 448, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Pigott Project Management Ltd. v. Alberta, [1992] A.J. No. 1215, Masters Chambers
The Guarantee Company of North America v. Robdale Contractors et al., [1992], 7 C.L.R. (2d) 194, additional reasons at [1993], 14 C.P.C. (3d) 182, Court of Queen's Bench
Ellis-Don Management Services Ltd. v. Canadian Surety Co., [1991] A.J. No. 675, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Guarantee Co. of North America v. Beasse, [1991] A.J. No. 1234, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Guarantee Co. of North America v. Beasse, [1991] A.J. No. 1199; 7 C.L.R. (2d) 194, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Robdale Contractors Ltd. v. Deloitte & Touche Inc., 1991 CarswellAlta 303, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Robdale Contractors Ltd. v. Deloitte and Touche Inc., [1991] A.J. No. 111, Masters Chambers
Barry Pendergast Architect Ltd. v. Marigold Holdings Ltd., 1989 CarswellAlta 90, Alberta Court of Appeal
Marigold Holdings Ltd. v. Norem Construction Ltd. (Alta. C.A.), [1989] A.J. No. 548, Alberta Court of Appeal
Dominion Construction v. Modular Windows et al, [1988] A.J. No. 540; 30 C.L.R. 30, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench: Action No. 8301-04821
Marigold Holdings Ltd. v. Norem Construction Ltd., 1988 CarswellAlta 116, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Oracle Resources Ltd. v. Dome Petroleum Ltd., [1988] A.J. 146, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Oracle Resources Ltd. v. Dome Petroleum Ltd., [1988] A.J. No. 289, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Marigold Holdings v. Noram Construction Ltd., [1987] 60 Alta. L.R. (2d) 289, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
August 2017
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018
25 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
25 Lawyers from Field Law Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 Field Law is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers have been included in the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. Three of these lawyers are new additions and represent t...
January 2013
Recent Developments in Construction, Labour Relations, and Occupational Health & Safety in Alberta, Canada
April 2008
Compellability of Witnesses in Arbitration
April 2008
Implications Arising from Parallel or Related Proceedings - Use of Evidence - Res Judicata - Having Proceedings Stayed
April 2008
Implications Arising from Parallel or Related Proceedings - Use of Evidence - Res Judicata - Having Proceedings Stayed
April 2008
Managing Complex Litigation - Implications Arising From Parallel or Related Proceedings
April 2008
Compellability of Witnesses in Arbitration
January 2007
Securing and Enforcing Surety Bonds and Other Forms of Construction Security
April 2006
Construction Law Update - Contracts and Bonds
February 2006
Owner's Duty of Fairness in the Tender Process
January 2006
The Anatomy of a Construction Action
February 2005
Joint Meeting of the American College of Construction Lawyers and The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
January 2004
Construction Bonding and Insurance Update
November 2003
Construction Law Update
February 2003
Construction Law Update
November 2001
ADR and Mediation in the Surety Industry
June 2001
Managing Construction/Purchasing Risk
April 2001
Legal Alert - Construction Law Primer
February 2001
Surety Bonds Seminar
October 2000
Recent Developments in Construction Law
May 2000
Sureties and The Companies Creditors Arrangement Act: Construction Law: 2000 and Beyond
1996-2000
Contract Law & Documents, Construction Management Certificate Program
January 2000
Surety Bonds
October 1999
The Basics of Surety Law
1999
Completing Sureties: Can't Get No Respect
1999
Completing Sureties: Can't Get No Respect
1990-1998
Success Seminars
1998
Gold Seal Program Course, Contract Law and Documents
November 1997
Alternative Dispute Resolution - Recent Developments in Private and Government Contracts
November 1997
Recent Legal and Legislative Developments in Construction Law
October 1996
Alternative Dispute Resolution
May 1996
Arbitration Provisions in Construction Contracts - Is a Surety Bound?
Education
University of Calgary, 1983, Bachelor of Laws
University of Calgary, 1974, Master of Science (Psychology)
University of Calgary, 1971, Bachelor of Arts
Admissions
Alberta,1984