Howard Wise is a partner at Goodmans. He specializes in the areas of construction law and commercial litigation.
Howard is retained as counsel by owners, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and lenders in large construction disputes, including construction liens, contract claims and negligence claims. Howard’s litigation practice includes trial and appellate work, as well as mediation and arbitration of construction disputes. He has also acted for owners and contractors in negotiating complex construction contracts including design build agreements and EPC contracts. He is regularly retained to act in large multi-partied disputes, including acting for owners, general contractors, subcontractors, financiers and design professionals.
Howard is recognized as a leading practitioner of construction law by Chambers Canada, The Legal 500 Canada, Law Business Research’s International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, The Lexpert/American Lawyer Media’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, the Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers and the Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure.
Howard is the author of the Manual of Construction Law published by Thomson Reuters and the co-author of Bristow, Glaholt, Reynolds and Wise on Construction, Builders’ and Mechanics’ Liens in Canada, the leading text in the area of construction lien law. The 8th edition of the book was published in March 2020. He is a contributing author to a textbook entitled Construction Disputes: Representing the Contractor, published by Wolters Kluwer. Howard is also the contributing editor of Canadian Forms & Precedents: Construction Liens, published by LexisNexis.
He is a frequent lecturer to both legal and industry-based associations on various topics relating to construction law including design build contracts, bidding and tendering, and construction liens.
Awards & Recognition
Chambers Canada Band 1, Construction 2024
The Legal 500 Canada Leading Individual, Construction 2024
Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation 2024
Who's Who Legal Recognized National Leader, Construction 2023
Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers 2023
Benchmark Canada Litigation Star 2023
- Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B., 1983
- Past President and Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
- Past Chair of the Construction Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association
- Past Chair of the Construction Law Subsection of the Ontario Bar Association
- Advocates’ Society
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America
- ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Call to Bar
- 1985 Ontario
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Banking and Financial ServicesWe are pleased to share Goodmans lawyers have been recognized across Who's Who Legal's National Guide: Canada 2023. WWL National Guides identify national or regional leaders in a sector, industry…
Banking and Financial ServicesWe are pleased to announce Goodmans LLP has once again received top tier recognition from The Legal 500 Canada in their 2024 Guide released today. Recognition from The Legal 500 is based on…
Mergers and AcquisitionsWe are delighted to announce Goodmans LLP has once again received top-tier recognition from Chambers and Partners in the Chambers Canada 2024 Guide released today. Recognition from…