Christopher J. O

Christopher J. O'Connor QC, FCIArb

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Client Comments

"Chris has many positive attributes and the following encompass my experience of him for the past ten years: Thorough, pragmatic, direct, honest, fair, reasonable, and understanding of legal principles."

-John R Penner
Contracts Manager
Bilfinger Berger (Canada) Inc.

"Mr. O'Connor has provided our firm with his services since our inception as a small start-up firm over 15 years ago. He has provided valuable insight, which has assisted in the firm's growth. This advice and direction are not limited to legal issues alone and applies to strategic issues; this has been invaluable. It is especially important that his open, honest, and informal approach has fostered a relationship that goes beyond professional so that when his services are required, our company does not feel as if he is merely 'a gun for hire'. He is a friend we can rely on. He is committed to winning the battle at hand and the overall success of our company. Mr. O'Connor's depth of knowledge and experience in the construction industry is invaluable when we need his legal services and is even of more value on a general basis. When our firm does a SWAT analysis in the development of our annual strategic plan, our ability to rely on him is listed in the Strength column. He makes himself readily available with a direct line to his office. Rreturn calls are always directly from him - not his assistant. On less critical matters he is always willing to defer his firm's service to a capable colleague he is comfortable with who would be less expensive. He is plain spoken, avoiding all of the legal jargon that can be intimidating at times, and generally makes the working relationship an easy-going one. He ensures that the issues, risks, and opportunities are clearly understood so that strategies and tactics on a particular course of action are clearly developed. He will articulate our position and likely outcome; he is positive but realistic. He takes action, and we always feel that things are moving along; there is never an extended period when we are wondering how any particular case might be developing. He never 'drags his feet' so his billing is paid without question. He is frank and open with his opinions but ensures the final decisions are ours. He has always been there, even when the chips are down, and our company is in good hands with him as our legal counsel "

-Joel Nauss
Westpro Constructors Group Ltd.

"Mr. O'Connor has extensive experience in construction, insurance, and surety legal matters. He manages the client relationship well by offering experienced "opinions" on fact summaries to help explore and determine practical options available and likely outcomes; by providing added value at the initial strategy stage and knowing when to delegate work to more cost-efficient associates. He also has excellent organization and presentation skills for arguments in litigation/arbitration/mediation."

"Chris is a valuable member of our team. He is always readily available with good and appropriate advice. He provides a great benefit to our firm and has assisted us in successfully growing the organization. Chris understands the law, court process, alternate dispute resolution, the dynamics of a dispute, as well as an appreciation for the nuances of his client's circumstances and how it all fits together."

-Warren Clark
Vice President and General Manaager
Vanbots Construction Inc.

"Chris has proven himself to be one of the finest lawyers in the country in the complex field of Fidelity law. His knowledge of the law and commitment to client service are unsurpassed. Based on his extensive experience in handling litigation involving financial institutions and their insurers, we have the utmost confidence that Chris will devote the time and care appropriate to the retainer and will provide us with the results that we require in a highly efficient and professional manner. We rely heavily on Chris's judgment and trust him to provide us with the most appropriate advice on matters of the highest complexity while maintaining balance and flexibility of opinion. We highly recommend Chris for all matters involving Fidelity and Commercial law for which he has provided our company with excellent service for many years. "

-Bob Vukelich
Claims Manager
CUMIS General Insurance Co.

Office Location

1200 Waterfront Centre
200 Burrard Street
P.O. Box 48600
Vancouver, BC V7X 1T2

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law of the Vancouver Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Director and Officer Liability Practice of the Vancouver Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law of the Vancouver Metro Area
Christopher J. O'Connor QC, FCIArb has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Christopher J. O'Connor QC, FCIArb has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Christopher J. O'Connor QC, FCIArb has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Construction Law
Director and Officer Liability Practice
Insurance Law