Sharon Vogel has been recognized for her success at settling disputes relating to large-scale infrastructure, industrial and commercial projects, as well as for her skills in drafting contracts on behalf of owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. Among the many professional acknowledgements she has recently received, she was recognized as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer, Who’s Who Legal rates her one of the top three construction lawyers in the country and Benchmark Litigation has named her one of the top 25 women in litigation.
Sharon is a partner at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP and co-chairs the firm’s construction and infrastructure practice group. Her expertise includes negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation of construction disputes, including construction liens, breach of contract, delays, surety bonds, construction insurance, and architects’ and engineers’ errors and omissions.
Sharon has served as counsel to both owners and design-builders to successfully manage large delay claims, and other legal issues on high-profile transportation and other infrastructure projects.
She is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, teaching the International Construction Law Masters course.
Together with her colleague Bruce Reynolds, she has played an important role in helping the Ontario government modernize the province’s construction law, which saw the first round of amendments recently come into effect. The pair reviewed the previous Construction Lien Act for the Ministry of the Attorney General, a process that involved consulting with more than 60 provincial stakeholders, and submitted a report with 101 recommendations – 98 of which were eventually included in the new legislation, the Construction Act. Among the changes to the legislation are the creation of a prompt payment framework and the introduction of a mandatory dispute resolution system.
Sharon was also retained as co-counsel by the federal government to assist in the introduction of new legislation on prompt payment and adjudication. She held discussions with industry stakeholders in ten provinces and one territory, and, last year, submitted the independent expert report “Building a Federal Framework for Prompt Payment and Adjudication.”
Over the course of her career, managing complex construction cases involving multiple parties, she has appeared at all levels of court, including the Ontario Superior Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. She is a prolific writer and avid speaker on a variety of legal subjects, ranging from dispute resolution and adjudication, to professional ethics and legislative reform.
Outside of the firm, Sharon serves as a board member of Habitat for Humanity in the Greater Toronto Area and is a former board member of Youth Challenge International. She has been both a rider and fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s Ride for Heart.
Last updated March 2020