Laura Cundari, MCIArb
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4177

Laura is an experienced advocate, appearing as lead counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia and the Federal Courts, as well as before administrative tribunals. She has significant expertise in the arbitration of complex disputes, and regularly advises clients on all aspects of arbitration proceedings, including drafting arbitration clauses, interim orders, hearing processes and the enforcement of arbitral awards. Laura's arbitration experience includes both international and domestic institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. Laura is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Laura also has substantial experience in the area of Aboriginal Law and maintains an advisory and risk management practice that involves counseling clients on First Nations issues that impact their resource and other development projects.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Complex Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

  • Successfully defending a claim brought against a vendor corporation for a C$17-million brokerage fee arising from the sale of a business following a 43-day trial

  • Successfully defending class actions brought against major retailers and financial industry participants, including dismissal at the certification stage

  • Acting as litigation and arbitration counsel in a wide range of shareholder disputes

Major Projects Litigation and Arbitration

  • Acting as arbitration counsel in a dispute involving delay and disruption claims in connection with the construction of energy infrastructure

  • Assisting clients to efficiently resolve urgent issues such as lien claims, project disruptions and bond claims

  • Acting as counsel to developers, property owners and consultants in disputes involving environmental contamination on project sites

Aboriginal Law

  • Drafting and negotiating protocol, capacity and impact benefit agreements on behalf of project proponents

  • Advising clients on their regulatory strategy including reviewing submissions to regulators and assisting clients to implement responses to significant legal developments

  • Conducting risk assessment and due diligence for project proponents or potential acquirers

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, April 13, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Aboriginal Law, Energy - Regulatory, and Environmental, July 4, 2016.
Author: The Tsilquot'in Decision: What has changed and what is next?
Bar Talk, April 2016.
Co-author: Partial Settlement Agreements in Multi-Party Actions: Disclosure and Procedural Fairness Issues
Canadian Journal of Insurance Law, Volume 33, No. 2, February 2015.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-chair and Speaker: Aboriginal and Environmental Law 2017: Legal Reforms and Nation to Nation Consultants
Pacific Business and Law Institute, Vancouver, B.C., October 10-11, 2017.
Speaker: Blakes Annual Aboriginal Law Update
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, B.C. , February 23, 2017.
Moderator: Careers in International Law
Canadian Bar Association and Peter A. Allard School of Law - University of British Columbia, February 1, 2017.
Speaker: Ethical Issues in eDiscovery
Electronic Evidence and eDiscovery 2016, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 14, 2016
Co-panellist: You've Been Served: Managing Litigation from the Inside
Association of Corporate Counsel of British Columbia, June 23, 2016.
Speaker: Looking Back, Looking Forward: Blakes Annual Aboriginal Law Update
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, BC, February 18, 2016.
Speaker: The Jurisdictional Framework Pacific Business & Law Institute Conference on Local Government: Strategic Solutions and Best Practices
October 22, 2015.
Guest Instructor: Direct Examination Trial Advocacy Course
University of British Columbia, October 22 and 27, 2015.
Panellist: Cross-border and International Law Issues in Class Actions
The Philippe Kirsch Institute Conference on The Effective Use of International Law before Canadian Courts, Vancouver BC, May 6, 2015,
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Mentioned: Disputes Promotions for Canada's Blakes
CDR News Magazine, February 9, 2016.
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