Laura Cundari, FCIArb
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 arbitral and 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. Her arbitration experience includes both international and domestic institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. She has extensive experience arbitrating claims in the energy (transmission) industry.

Laura is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and is a Director of both the Canada Branch and the Vancouver Chapter of the Canadian Branch of the CIArb.

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.


Major Projects Litigation and Arbitration

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

  • Acting as arbitration counsel in a LCIA arbitration involving the sale of mining assets in Mongolia

  • Advising clients in the finance, retail, mining and aerospace industries on arbitration procedures and drafting arbitration clauses for inclusion in transactional and consumer contracts

  • Acting as arbitration counsel to a contractor in a dispute regarding the construction of a high voltage transmission line

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

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

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


Laura has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2018 & 2019 Editions (Future Litigation Star - Litigation & Dispute Resolution)

  • Benchmark Litigation, 40 & Under Hotlist – Canada, 2018

Laura is part of the legal team that has been recognized as “Arbitration Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation in 2018 and 2019.

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Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, May 28, 2019.
Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, April 13, 2017.
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Panellist: From Plan to Action: Building Successful ADR Counsel and Neutral Practices
The 2019 ADR BC Symposium - The Differences that Unite Us!, ADR Institute of BC, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 11, 2019.
Co-panellist: The Art of Arbitration
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 21, 2017.
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
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Mentioned: Disputes Promotions for Canada's Blakes
CDR News Magazine, February 9, 2016.
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