David H. Kauffman - De Grandpré Chait LLP

David H. Kauffman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

As one of the most recognized and experienced lawyers in his field, David H. Kauffman acts mainly in transactions relating to construction, infrastructure and development projects. His current practice includes project structuring, financing, licensing, tendering and contracting for major initiatives such as building and university complexes, sports and entertainment facilities, industrial, pharmaceutical and natural resource plants, refineries, airports, roadwork and civil engineering, pipelines, PPPs, as well as commercial, industrial, recreational and residential projects.

A seasoned litigator, Mr. Kauffman has pleaded before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada and the courts of Québec. He is co-counsel to the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Canada (ACEC) and principal author of Document 31, a national form of Engineering Agreement between Client and Engineer and its Guide. He authored The Construction Hypothec:  Insights into Quebec Lien & Construction Law, a comprehensive monograph on the lien system and related construction law of the Province of Québec.

Mr. Kauffman consistentlyis named as a leading practitioner in the field of construction law in various legal reviews and directories. He served as an auxiliary professor at the Faculties of Architecture and Engineering of McGill University from 1975 to 1994. He is the Québec editor since 1985 of Construction Law Reports (Carswell), a national review of Canadian jurisprudence.  He is an original founder, a Fellow and Past President of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers; and a former National President of the Construction Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

McGill UniversityBA 1964Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts/Harvard UniversityMcGill University
Quebec BarMontréal BarCanadian Bar AssociationCanadian College of Construction LawyersThe Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships

Office Location

1000, rue De La Gauchetière Ouest
Bureau 2900
Montréal, QC H3B 4W5

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2012 Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law of the Montréal Metro Area
David H. Kauffman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Construction Law

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