Jeffrey Vallis

QC, FCIArb

Partner

Calgary
JVallis@blg.com
403.232.9404

Jeff is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Canada for construction law by the foremost legal rankings publications.

He acts on behalf of owners, contractors, subcontractors, lenders and sureties in disputes arising from large-scale construction and engineering projects in the infrastructure, industrial and commercial sectors.

Jeff has extensive experience before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Alberta Court of Appeal. He has also appeared before the superior courts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Jeff acts extensively as counsel in both domestic and international arbitrations, and has served as both an arbitrator and a mediator.

Experience

  • Counsel in an arbitration involving two joint ventures engaged in disputes arising out of the design and construction of a major ring road project in southern Alberta.
  • Counsel in an arbitration, for an international engineering firm defending a $125 million claim arising out of the design of a series of pumping stations on a large international oil pipeline. The arbitration was commenced as an ICC arbitration, but was converted to ad hoc rules by agreement between the parties.
  • Counsel in an arbitration, for an owner of a $1 billion sour gas processing plant in northern Canada claiming damages against two contractors and a fabricator. This arbitration was commenced under UNCITRAL rules, and is a multi-party proceeding.
  • Counsel in an arbitration, for a general contractor involved in disputes with the owner and with a number of subcontractors arising out of the construction of an international airport in a major city in Canada.
  • Counsel in an arbitration, for a design build contractor, arising out of the design and construction of a highway infrastructure project in southern Manitoba.
  • Counsel in an arbitration, for an EPC contractor involved in a dispute with the owner and operator of a carbon capture facility.
  • Graham Building Services v. Saskatoon (City) (2018), SKQB336; successfully sought leave to appeal from an arbitration award.
  • Whissell Contracting Ltd. v. Calgary (City) et al. (2017), ABQB 644; successfully acted for a general contractor in resisting an application for summary judgment by a subcontractor.
  • JTI v. Alberta (2016), ABCA 28 (Alta. CA); successfully set aside an adverse interpretation of the Tobacco Tax Act of Alberta.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association and Calgary Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Former Board Chair and Director, Hospice Calgary Society
  • Former Trustee and Vice-President, Canadian Athletic Foundation
  • Former Director and Vice-Chair, Recreation for Life Foundation
  • Former Co-Chair, Hospice Calgary's Community Campaign

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Arbitration).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Construction (Band 1) and Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 3)).
  • Recognized in the 2020 (and since 2006) edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Construction Law).
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2012) of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Commercial Arbitration, Construction Law).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a “Litigation Star” (Arbitration, Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability).
  • Recognized as Construction Lawyer of the Year at the 2019 (and 2018) Benchmark Canada Awards.
  • Inducted as Fellow to the American College of Construction Lawyers in 2019, only the 6th Canadian to be given this honour.
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2016) edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Construction).

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 1982
  • Manitoba, 2015
  • Saskatchewan, 2016
  • LLB, University of Toronto, 1981
  • Leadership in Law Firms Certificate, Harvard Law School Executive Program, 2011