Ron Petersen 

Co-Chair, Ontario, Construction
Ottawa  t: 613.691.6101  |  e: ron.petersen@mcmillan.ca

Ron Petersen

Ottawa
World Exchange Plaza, Suite 2000
45 O'Connor Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1A4

t: 613.691.6101
e: ron.petersen@mcmillan.ca

overview

Ron Petersen is a senior partner of McMillan's Ottawa office and practices litigation/advocacy. He is also co-chair Ontario of the Construction Law Group. He has been a partner with the firm since 1999.

Ron is a senior litigator whose primary area of practice has been Construction Law for 30 years. Ron handles very complex, sensitive and extremely high profile cases which require a senior level of expertise, competent trial management and forthright presentation. He has acted for owners, mortgagees, general contractors, property managers, sub-trades and suppliers.

Ron has conducted hundreds of trials, arbitrations and appeals. He has an expertise in preparing and reviewing contracts, bonds and other related documents. He has handled Occupational Health and Safety disputes and environmental issues in construction or remediation. His practice also encompasses debtor / creditor, personal injury, estates and corporate law issues.

Known for his dedication to his clients and the case at hand, Ron is a well-respected litigator who receives accolades from those he represents and with whom he works. He manages all details in the respective files and is a strong leader. He also uses technology to assist his clients in document intensive cases. Winning court battles is a substantial part of his exceptional reputation. He employs a wealth of knowledge, team coaching and essential communication skills in the organization of cases and in the management of the litigation team through all phases of each situation.

Appreciative clientele rely on Ron's advice as well as his support and confidence to alleviate anxiety through acutely stressful processes. By following his counsel and recommendations, they are able to competently articulate the issues at hand when called upon.

Representative Matters

Ron Petersen was recently counsel to the Attorney General of Canada, leading a team in a delay claim dispute with multiple parties. He is also acting for the Township of Russell on a construction delay/defect claim.

He acted for Carleton University and Sisters of Charity in multi-million dollar delay claims. He is also acting for owners and sub-contractors of construction defect claims.

Ron is presently advising on claims for damages involving environmental spills. He is also acting on various real estate and commercial disputes, estate litigation and catastrophic personal injury cases.

Presentations

Certified Business Valuators as Expert Witnesses in Litigation
Contracts and Tendering
Minimizing damages: Risk Management lessons learned from Construction Claims
Managing Large Complex Litigation
Mortgages and Construction Liens
Wills and Powers of Attorney
Construction Liens
Proportionality Principles in the Discovery Process

Publications

Ontario Court Provides Some Guidance as to Due Diligence in Health and Safety Charges
CETA Carves Out More than just European Cheese and Canadian Beef
Board of Directors in Condo Corporations Rule
Make sure you follow the proper procedure if you want to claim for extras and delay costs
General Damages for Mental Distress: Coming to a Contract Breach Near You?
The Ontario Court of Appeal Wades in on Law of Tenders
The Essential Guide to Settlement in Canada
Contractual dispute resolution – Court confirms you can talk freely
Settlements in Construction Law Cases

News

McMillan lawyers publish The Essential Guide to Settlement in Canada

Education

  • University of Ottawa, LLB - 1981
  • Concordia University, BA (Hons. Political Science) - 1978

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 1983

Practices

construction
construction litigation
litigation

Industries

construction

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • American Association of Justice
  • Ottawa Construction Association
  • Carleton County Law Association
  • Business Owners and Managers Association - Ottawa

Community Involvement

  • Kiwanis Club of Ottawa
  • Honourary Counsel for International Plowing Match and Rural Expo 2001
  • Honourary legal counsel of the Gloucester Cumberland Basketball Association

Awards & Rankings

  • Highly Rated in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell
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Ron Petersen is a senior partner of McMillan's Ottawa office and practices litigation/advocacy. He is also co-chair Ontario of the Construction Law Group. He has been a partner with the firm since 1999.

Ron is a senior litigator whose primary area of practice has been Construction Law for 30 years. Ron handles very complex, sensitive and extremely high profile cases which require a senior level of expertise, competent trial management and forthright presentation. He has acted for owners, mortgagees, general contractors, property managers, sub-trades and suppliers.

Ron has conducted hundreds of trials, arbitrations and appeals. He has an expertise in preparing and reviewing contracts, bonds and other related documents. He has handled Occupational Health and Safety disputes and environmental issues in construction or remediation. His practice also encompasses debtor / creditor, personal injury, estates and corporate law issues.

Known for his dedication to his clients and the case at hand, Ron is a well-respected litigator who receives accolades from those he represents and with whom he works. He manages all details in the respective files and is a strong leader. He also uses technology to assist his clients in document intensive cases. Winning court battles is a substantial part of his exceptional reputation. He employs a wealth of knowledge, team coaching and essential communication skills in the organization of cases and in the management of the litigation team through all phases of each situation.

Appreciative clientele rely on Ron's advice as well as his support and confidence to alleviate anxiety through acutely stressful processes. By following his counsel and recommendations, they are able to competently articulate the issues at hand when called upon.

Ron Petersen was recently counsel to the Attorney General of Canada, leading a team in a delay claim dispute with multiple parties. He is also acting for the Township of Russell on a construction delay/defect claim.

He acted for Carleton University and Sisters of Charity in multi-million dollar delay claims. He is also acting for owners and sub-contractors of construction defect claims.

Ron is presently advising on claims for damages involving environmental spills. He is also acting on various real estate and commercial disputes, estate litigation and catastrophic personal injury cases.

January 2018
CETA Carves Out More than just European Cheese and Canadian Beef

International Trade Bulletin

November 2016
Board of Directors in Condo Corporations Rule

Litigation Bulletin

December 2014
The Ontario Court of Appeal Wades in on Law of Tenders
Litigation Bulletin
December 2013
The Essential Guide to Settlement in Canada
LexisNexis Canada
2013
Settlements in Construction Law Cases
Co-author, The Essential Guide to Settlement in Canada (Bathgate & McPherson eds)
June 15, 2017
Certified Business Valuators as Expert Witnesses in Litigation
March 11, 2016
Contracts and Tendering
Ottawa Construction Association, Ontario
April 23, 2015
Minimizing damages: Risk Management lessons learned from Construction Claims
10th Minimizing Construction Risk Course, Toronto
January 27, 2015
Managing Large Complex Litigation
Commons Institute
November 2013
Mortgages and Construction Liens
Speaker, Commons Institute
Spring 2013
Wills and Powers of Attorney
Speaker, OMERS
December 2012
Construction Liens
Construction Claims Federated Press conference
June 2012
Proportionality Principles in the Discovery Process
American Association of Justice