Ms Karen Martin > Dentons > Vancouver, Canada > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Project Development; Public Policy and Regulation; Real Estate; Construction; Infrastructure and PPP; Insurance; Mining




Karen is a partner who practises 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 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.

Read Karen’s full biography here.





Harvard Law School, 2003, Mediation Workshop
University of British Columbia, 1984, LLB
University of British Columbia, 1979-81, Faculty of Commerce
Dalhousie University, 1978-79, Faculty of Arts
Centre for Conflict Resolution, Justice Institute of B.C., Negotiation and Mediation Courses, 1997, 1999

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Real estate and construction

Dentons houses ‘a team of strong and technically proficient lawyers‘ that stretches across the country. The standalone real estate practice offers expertise on the entire spectrum of matters, with a particular emphasis on acquisition and disposition deals, financing transactions and all facets of construction projects. Based in Vancouver, Karen Martin and Jana Mansour oversee transactional and contentious work pertaining to cross-border infrastructure and construction projects. Clark Kassian is a key contact in Calgary, while Jillian E Shortt splits her time between Calgary and Toronto. In Montréal, Claude Morency has built a strong reputation in construction disputes.