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About Ariel

Ariel practises litigation and dispute resolution with an emphasis on complex commercial and infrastructure arbitrations. Her extensive experience includes advocating for clients in contractual and construction disputes in the energy, mining and technology sectors. Ariel also regularly acts as counsel in class action and product liability proceedings, and has appeared in the provincial and superior courts of British Columbia, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ariel works frequently with engineers and subject-matter experts across North America to evaluate and advance her clients' unique strategic interests. She is a regional director for the Society of Construction Law (BC Region), and a member of the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre's Rules Committee.

Select Experience

Ariel's litigation and arbitration experience includes:

  • Counsel for an owner in defending a C$1.25-billion ICC arbitration claim regarding construction of energy infrastructure

  • Counsel for the design-builder of municipal infrastructure in a C$25-million ICC arbitration

  • Counsel for a contractor in a C$100-million arbitration regarding the construction of a high voltage transmission line

  • Counsel to a major utility corporation in a C$350-million arbitration involving delay and disruption claims in connection with the construction of significant energy infrastructure

  • Counsel in an international arbitration regarding a mining joint venture dispute

  • Counsel in arbitrations involving complex contractual claims relating to accounting, financial controls, and project management

  • Appellate counsel in appeals of lower court decisions, including as lead counsel in an appeal regarding the application of the Partition and Property Act

  • Counsel for a major North American building supplier, defending a claim that the materials supplied to a BC mine were defective

  • Counsel in proceedings involving freezing orders and injunctions, including defeating an application for an injunction which would have prohibited Lyft from operating in British Columbia

  • Counsel in commercial litigation regarding contractual risk allocation and apportionment of liability in connection with contaminated sites

  • Counsel in judicial review and administrative proceedings, including a multi-party Environmental Appeal Board proceeding involving significant jurisdictional and regulatory issues

  • Defence counsel in a major class action relating to the marketing and sale of pharmaceutical products in Canada

Awards & Recognition

Ariel is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2024 (Commercial Arbitration)

  • Lexology Client Choice Award 2024 (Arbitration & ADR – British Columbia)

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada 2024 (Corporate and Commercial Litigation)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys 2023 (Future Star)

Professional Appearances
  • Speaker : Trends in Major Projects and Infrastructure Arbitration
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, April 24, 2024.
  • Moderator : Everything You Wanted to Ask: The Questions Businesses, In-house Counsel, and Attorneys May Have About International Arbitration
    California Arbitration, Inc. and Vancouver International Arbitration Centre Seminar, San Francisco, California, November 2, 2023.
  • Speaker : Cocktails and Cases
    Association of Corporate Counsel BC, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 26, 2023.
  • Speaker : Choosing an Arbitral Procedure that Suits Your Case
    Canadian Bar Association, Webinar, September 18, 2023.
  • Speaker : Creating a Comprehensive Strategy to Advance Toward Settlement
    Canadian Bar Association Webinar, May 31, 2023.
  • Speaker : Update on Legal Developments
    Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society Conference, Calgary, Alberta, May 2, 2023.
  • Moderator : Arbitration vs. Litigation
    Commercial Arbitration 2023 The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, February 23, 2023.
  • Moderator : Costs Awards
    Commercial Arbitration 2023 The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, February 23, 2023.
  • Speaker : International Commercial Arbitration Rules
    Vancouver International Arbitration Centre, June 15, 2022.
  • Moderator : Arbitration Nuts and Bolts: Tips for Navigating Domestic and International Commercial Arbitrations
    Vancouver International Arbitration Centre, May 18, 2022.
  • Speaker : Towards Proactive Claim Management: Avoiding Pitfalls that Lead to Disputes and Increased Costs of Dispute Resolution
    Society of Construction Law North America Webinar, April 28, 2022.
  • Speaker : Arbitration: Everything an In-House Lawyer Needs to Know
    CCCA BC Section Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 7, 2022.
  • Speaker : Managing Change and Risk in Construction
    BUILDEX Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 23, 2022
  • Moderator : The Bad Court Day: Tips for Navigating and Recovering from Challenging Hearings
    The Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch, June 22, 2021.

Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law – 2017
Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 2015
JD, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law – 2014
BA, University of Saskatchewan – 2011

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