Construction

Our team offers experienced and informed assessment of construction disputes, and can identify your potential remedies.

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We can provide you with the representation which will help you comply with the Construction Act in matters such as lien and holdback provisions.

Construction Liens

Our team of commercial lawyers possesses extensive experience in representing various businesses—including construction firms, building suppliers, contractors, and sub-contractors—as well as individuals involved in construction-related disputes. Our lawyers’ knowledge of the processes involved in preserving and perfecting liens provides our clients with the informed assistance and guidance necessary to comply with the governing acts’ regulatory intricacies. As construction lien actions frequently arise in the context of broader commercial disputes—such as those involving debtor/creditor issues or breach of contract—our team of commercial litigators is able to assess and provide appropriate strategies in dealing with matters that are especially complex.

  • The Construction Act

    On July 1, 2018, The Construction Act replaced The Construction Lien Act (1983) as the legislation governing construction disputes in the province of Ontario. The new act represents changes that a 2016 Ministry of Attorney General report recommended to reform the existing legislation. There are several key changes in the new act that address the issues of prompt payment, adjudication, the timelines governing the preservation and perfection of liens, and holdback rules. The changes regarding liens and holdbacks became effective July 1, 2018. The amendments addressing issues of prompt payment and adjudication will take effect on October 1, 2019.

    The Construction Act extends the deadline for preserving a lien to 60 days—as opposed to the previous 45 days—and the period for perfecting of liens has been extended to 90 days from the previous regulation of 45 days. The extension of these deadlines is in keeping with the new act’s emphasis on providing parties additional time to use the newly established adjudication process to resolve disputes. Under the new act, payment of the holdback must be made once all liens, that could be claimed against it, have been satisfied, discharged or expired.

  • Knowledgeable And Experienced Representation

    Our team is well-acquainted with the changes implemented under the new legislation, as well as their significance in successful dispute resolution. The increased emphasis on the adjudication process underlines the importance of parties consulting with knowledgeable and experienced legal representation. In the event that deadlines for registering liens have passed, we are well-acquainted with potential alternative legal remedies, and we can guide our clients in identifying and exercising those options that may remain open to them. We have addressed lien and trust claims that have arisen from a construction lien, as well as personal legal actions involving claims against a corporation, contractor, or individual. We represent parties involved in disputes arising from both commercial and residential building projects.

Meet The Team

Al Pace

Founder & Principal

Location: Toronto

Services: Personal Injury Immigration Law Commercial Litigation

Languages: English Lithuanian

Office: 416-734-0404

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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Biography

Al Pace is the Founder and Principal of Pace Law Firm. He has practiced law for more than 30 years and has earned a stellar reputation for skill and outstanding client service. After completing his studies at the University of Toronto and the University of Windsor where he received his LL.B., Al was called to the Bar for the province of Ontario in 1980. Initially, Al developed his law practice in the areas of personal injury and civil litigation. In subsequent years, Al expanded the firm’s practice areas to include corporate and commercial litigation and immigration law and related services.

As CEO of Pace Law Firm, Al takes a personal interest in all of the firm’s cases to ensure the highest standards of service excellence are met consistently across the firm. In addition to his legal practice, Al supports community involvement, and has taken an active and prominent role in the Lithuanian community and the Trillium Health Centre.

Education

  • University of Windsor School of Law, Windsor, ON
  • University of Toronto, Bachelor of Science

Professional Associations And Memberships

Canadian Bar Association

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association

American Association for Justice

National Executive of the Lithuanian Canadian Community, Past President

Baltic Federation of Canada, Former Vice President

LABDARA Nursing Home in Etobicoke, Board of Directors

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Don Jack

Lawyer

Location: Toronto

Services: Commercial Litigation

Languages: English

Office: 416-734-0414

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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Biography

In a career spanning more than three decades, Don has argued cases at every court level, including the Supreme Court of Canada. For him, success hinges almost entirely on preparation. Don is an effective communicator, with the skills to present thorough and persuasive arguments in court. As a member of the Firm's litigation group, Don’s practice includes the areas of commercial, administrative, class action, private, international, family and constitutional law. He has acted as lead counsel in several precedent-setting cases. He is also active in ADR, including arbitration and mediation. Don's work has been recognized by the industry, including Lexpert’s 100 Most Creative Lawyers in Canada and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Ontario's repeatedly recommended corporate litigation counsel.

Education

  • University of Toronto, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Economics
  • University of Oxford, Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence
  • University of Oxford, Bachelor of Civil Law
  • York University, Master of Laws

Cases Of Note

Airia et al v. Korean Air Lines et al

Astley v. Verdun

McCain v. Melanson

Nordion v. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

Rea v. Pathak

Allan Chapnik

Lawyer

Location: Toronto

Services: Personal Injury Commercial Litigation

Languages: English

Office: 416-734-0403

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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Biography

Allan Chapnik is a Toronto litigation lawyer. Mr. Chapnik received his BA from York University in 1989. Three years later, he graduated as a Bachelor of Law from the University of British Columbia and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994.

Allan’s focus has been in representing the injured and disabled; his areas of special interest and experience include brain injuries, catastrophic impairments, fatalities, and claims regarding Long Term Disability insurance.

Allan also maintains an active role in other practice areas including contract disputes, shareholder disputes including oppression remedies, real estate matters including mortgage enforcement, and applications for injunctive and other relief.

Allan has a wide ranging trial, application, arbitration and appeal practice, appearing in the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the CPPRT, the CCRB, WSIAT, and in Federal Court.

Education

  • University of British Columbia – Bachelor of Law
  • York University – BA

Professional Associations And Memberships

Ontario Trial Lawyers Assocation

Law Society of Upper Canada

Elaine Bright

Lawyer

Location: Kenora & Toronto

Services: Personal Injury Commercial Litigation

Languages: English

Office: 416-342-5556

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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Biography

Elaine brings a background in both law and social work to her practice. Following her call to the Bar in 1989, Elaine practiced administrative and criminal law. She has appeared before a variety of administrative tribunals, before all levels of court in Ontario, and before the Federal Court of Canada. Currently, she brings Pace Law Firm’s extensive resources to assist clients throughout Northwestern Ontario as well as Southern Ontario.

Elaine's practice focuses on all aspects of personal injury, with a special emphasis on representing victims of sexual assault, and indigenous clients.
You can find Elaine Bright’s blog posts here.

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, JD, 1987
  • University of Toronto, MSW, 1997
  • University of Toronto, Doctoral Studies, Faculty of Social Work 2003-2007 (not completed)

Professional Associations And Memberships

Kenora District Law Association

Law Society of Upper Canada

Jennie Brodski

Location: Toronto

Services: Commercial Litigation

Languages: English German Hebrew

Office: 416-613-3092

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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Biography

Jennie Brodski joined Pace Law Firm in 2019 after working for a boutique firm focusing on plaintiff-side securities class actions. She has appeared in Divisional Court and in Ontario Superior Court in class actions with national and international dimensions, including against European automobile manufacturers and U.S.-based gold mines, as well as actions on behalf of Canadian investors in healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies. Before that, she spent several years practicing Canadian law as a foreign member of the bar in Munich, Germany following her call to the Ontario bar in 2013.

Jennie is fluent in German and Hebrew.

Education

  • University of Toronto, Juris Doctor, Law
  • Columbia University in the City of New York, Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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