Karen Martin - Dentons Canada LLP

Karen Martin

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 604-691-6455

Karen is a partner who practices in the areas of construction/infrastructure, P3 and litigation/dispute resolution. Based on deep experience and the latest developments in the law, she provides strategic advice to clients to minimize legal risk during procurement and construction. She advises on the preparation of construction contracts to assist in the avoidance of disputes, and during the construction phase she helps clients to develop pro-active solutions to project issues. When disputes arise, she negotiates resolutions, and she acts as counsel in the mediation, arbitration and litigation of construction claims, including on P3, mining and energy sector projects.

Karen’s experience as counsel on large construction trials in the last three decades allows her to quickly understand the technical aspects of a construction claim, and to provide creative advice as to the appropriate methods to efficiently resolve disputes. She has extensive experience in disputes involving tenders, RFPs, construction contracts, builders’ liens, engineering issues, and negligence claims involving architects and engineers.

The author of many publications on topics of interest to the construction industry, Karen is also a frequent speaker on complex litigation and construction issues including procurement, builders’ liens, delay claims, construction disputes, and settlement of multi-party litigation.

University of British ColumbiaLL.B 1984
Canadoian College of Construction LawyersCanadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch, Construction Law Subsection

Case History

Coast Hotels Ltd. v. Bruskiewich 2001 BSCS 1499 — Engineer''s negligence case.  Acted for engineer.
J. Oviatt Contracting Ltd. v. Kitimat General Hospital Society 2000 BCSC 45; 2002 BCCA 323 — Non-compliant tender case.  Acted for successful owner.
Golden Hill Ventures Ltd. v. Kemess Mine Ltd. 2002 BCSC 1460 — Contractor''s claim for change in soils conditions and delay.  Acted for successful contractor

Office Location

250 Howe Street
20th Floor
Vancouver, BC V6C 3R8

Practice Areas

Construction Law
Public Procurement Law

Other Information

Gender: Female