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. She is also a Director of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

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

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

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

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Corporate and Commercial Litigation)

  • 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 & 2019

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

PUBLICATIONS
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Author: Examination in chief and Re-examination
The Law of Objections in Canada: A Handbook, LexisNexis Canada, Published November 30, 2019.
Co-author: Canada: International Arbitration
The Legal 500 & The In-House Lawyer Comparative Legal Guide, (4th ed.), November 2019.
Co-author: What Law is it Anyways? An Overview of the Systems of Law in Arbitration
Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review, (2019) 8:3, 29 August 1, 2019.
Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, May 28, 2019.
Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, April 13, 2017.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-chair: Direct Examination Skills Workshop
The Advocates' Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 13, 2019.
Panellist: Tour d’horizon: New Developments in International Arbitration
ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference, Banff, Alberta, October 18, 2019.
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.
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