Construction Arbitrator | Reasonable Hourly Rate | Good Availability

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Construction arbitrators must be able to arbitrate efficiently and at the pace required by the parties, disputes ranging from simple renovations and repair, to complex multi-party multi-staged projects. The ability to understand construction stages and complexities of design, architecture, engineering and project management, and technical dimensions of a construction dispute are the hallmarks of an effective construction arbitrator.


In his practice here in Ontario, and when practicing in Dubai and Bermuda, David has been involved in a wide array of construction disputes, including, but not limited to project development, project finance, infrastructure and construction disputes, including matters involving parking garages, road building, residential house construction and renovation, condo development and financing disputes, numerous joint venture disputes, matters involving demolition, collapse, fire and flood, as well as contract disputes concerning construction quality and warranties; and labour disputes in the construction industry.

Arbitrator for Construction Disputes

David offers appointment as sole arbitrator and panel arbitrator in a wide variety of construction, development, joint venture, project development, infrastructure, project finance and other related disputes. These include, but are not limited to the following disputes:

    • Architecture Disputes
    • Artificial Turf and Surface
    • Basement Disputes
    • Bridge Construction
    • Building Disputes
    • Clean Up Disputes
    • Collapse and Failure Claims
    • Complex, MultiParty Disputes
    • Condo Construction Disputes
    • Contract Disputes
    • Contractor Disputes
    • Construction Loan Litigation
    • Construction Fraud
    • Construction Management Disputes
    • Cottage Disputes
    • Demolition Disputes
    • Delay Claims
    • Design Claims
    • Disputes with Purchasers
    • Disputes with Preconstruction Purchase
    • Employment Disputes
    • Engineering Disputes
    • Environmental Compliance and Liability
    • Environmental Contamination
    • Financing Disputes
    • Fire and Smoke Claims
    • Flood Remediation Disputes
    • Force Majeure Suspension of Contracts
    • Green Energy Claims
    • Infrastructure
    • Joint Venture Disputes
    • Landbased Disputes
    • Lending and Borrowing Disputes
    • Lock and Canal Disputes
    • Mining (Construction Aspects)
    • Partnership Disputes
    • Procurement & Bid Process
    • Pre Construction Disputes
    • Project Control Disputes
    • Product Liability
    • Project Finance Disputes
    • Project Development Disputes
    • Project Finance Disputes
    • Project Management Disputes
    • Public and Private Sector
      Quay Construction and Repair
    • Recreational Property
    • Remediation Disputes
    • Renovation Disputes
    • Repair and Renewal Disputes
    • Restoration Disputes
    • Road and Highway Construction
    • Roofing Disputes
    • Shipbuilding Disputes
    • Ship Repair Dispute
    • Subcontractor Disputes
    • Surety Claims
    • Stadium and Area Construction
    • Supply Disputes
    • Termination and Cancellation
    • Winterization Disputes

Membership and Accreditation

David is an arbitrating member of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, the ADR Institute of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association Remote Arbitrator and Mediator List and Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitration and Mediation Chambers. His inclusion in ADR rosters and Directories  can be viewed here. He holds a LL.B, LL.M and Q.Arb. He has practiced law in Ontario, Canada, England & Wales, Bermuda and Dubai. He is also admitted, but does not currently practice in the state of New York.

David has completed the Foundations in Judicial Competencies Series, and has been granted a Certificate of Completion by the Ontario Bar Association.

He has always promoted arbitration as an efficient and confidential alternative to the courts. David has often spoken or written on matters of interest to commercial arbitrators and counsel engaged in arbitration. He has been counsel engaged in arbitration related cases.

Please note that David is not an interim payments adjudicator under the Ontario Construction Act, and thus does not offer, or accept appointment, for mandatory adjudication by an interim payments adjudicator.

Expedited Arbitration

In appropriate cases, David accepts appointment as an arbitrator to conduct expedited arbitration. David’s engagements in expedited arbitration is discussed here.

Moving Litigation to Arbitration

David accepts construction arbitrator appointment in matters having been moved from the courts, either by order of the court, or by consensual provisions to enable the matter to move forward promptly. Moving matters in litigation to arbitration is discussed here.

Hourly Rate and Availability

David accepts appointment as a Construction Arbitrator on an hourly rate basis which relates to the amount in dispute, and in a range from $350 to $450 per hour, plus applicable taxes, disbursements, expenses and the cost of facilities. He has good availability, typically holding the First Meeting in the arbitration within one week of appointment, and the arbitration hearing within a few months, unless urgency dictates an earlier hearing.

Appointment, Resume and Terms of Appointment

David accepts appointments across Canada, from Chambers based in Toronto, Ontario.

Curriculum Vitae and Terms of Appointment are available on request.

Please contact the Arbitrator’s Assistant and Intake Coordinator at (416) 979 2020, ext. 223 or by email at

Hourly Rates: Fee rate on application: from $350.00 per hour, plus facilities and applicable taxes.

Languages: English

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About the Author
David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M (Commercial and Corporate), Q.Arb, Lawyer, Arbitrator and Mediator

David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M (Commercial and Corporate), Q.Arb, Lawyer, Arbitrator and Mediator

David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M (Commercial and Corporate), Q.Arb, Lawyer, Arbitrator and Mediator, has practiced over 37 years as a commercial and business litigator in diverse matters in the courts and in domestic and international arbitration proceedings in Ontario, England & Wales, Bermuda and Dubai. Also admitted in New York. The ADR Institute of Canada has accredited David as a Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb). He accepts appointment as a commercial, business, construction, real estate, condo, technology, employment and marine arbitrator and mediator Bio | Lawyer | Arbitrator | Mediator | Contact

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