Jennifer Bilas

Associate
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Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2023 

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  • Bio
  • Professional Involvement
  • Representative Matters
  • Selected Publications
  • Insights
  • Education

Jennifer is drawn to the creative aspects of litigation and enjoys forming persuasive arguments to support her clients’ cases. She takes the time to fully understand her clients’ needs and uses her advocacy skills to advance their goals. Jennifer’s extensive experience in the construction industry, both in the private sector and at a municipality, has proven to be an asset to clients.

Jennifer is a member of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group. She advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial litigation matters, with a particular focus on construction, municipal, competition, infrastructure, procurement and expropriation disputes.

Jennifer summered and articled at Aird & Berlis prior to joining the firm as an associate.

Professional Involvement

Memberships

  • Member, Board of Directors, Friends of Second Marsh
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association

Representative Matters

Represented a municipality in having two complex claims, which arose in the context of a municipal infrastructure project and which were brought before an Adjudicator in accordance with the Construction Act, R.S.O., 1990, c. C.30, dismissed.

Successfully obtained a Certificate of Pending Litigation and restraining order injunction in a residential dispute.

Selected Publications

Co-authored with Vedran Simkic, "Arbitration Clauses in Construction Agreements: Mandatory or Permissive?," Construction Law Letter, Vol.40, No.4, March/April 2024.

Co-authored with John Mascarin, "Strong Mayor Powers – A Cure to Ontario’s Housing Crisis?,” The Six-Minute Real Estate Lawyer, Law Society of Ontario, November 15, 2023.

Co-Author, "Arbitration Clauses in Construction Agreements: Mandatory or Permissive?" Aird & Berlis, June 22, 2023.

Co-authored with John Mascarin, "Strong Mayors, Weak Plan," 11 Digest of Municipal & Planning Law (2d) No.22, October 2022. 

Co-Author, "Strong Mayors – Shifting the Municipal Governance Model," Aird & Berlis, September 12, 2022.

Co-authored with Naomi Mares, “Adverse Possession Claims Against Municipally-Owned Lands," 10 Digest of Municipal & Planning Law (2d), No.21, September 2022. 

Co-authored with Ajay Gajaria, “'Always, and We Mean Always, Be Good' - The Supreme Court of Canada Weighs in on Municipal Contractual Discretion” (2021) 10 Digest of Municipal & Planning Law (2d), No.9, September 2021.

Education

  • JD, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2022
  • Master’s Certificate, Public Sector Management, Ontario Tech University, 2019