about Rob Kennaley



Robert Kennaley worked in the construction industry for 15 years before going to law school.  He has since practiced exclusively in the area of construction law for his 22+ year career in law.  His day to day practice involves contract drafting and review, dispute resolution and negotiations, construction lien and trust claims, claims involving owners, consultants and insurers, tendering issues and claims, building code violations, claims against performance and labour and material payment bonds and Occupational Health and Safety Act issues. 


Rob has acted for the Ministry of Transportation, Tarion Warranty Corporation, private and public owners, home-builders and developers, general contractors, electrical, mechanical and structural subcontractors, as well as demolition, excavation, framing, drywall, carpentry, landscaping, roofing and specialty trades, in addition to suppliers, municipalities, surety companies, architects and engineers. 


Rob speaks and writes regularly on construction law issues, for trade associations, universities, colleges and education providers.  He has been published well over 100 times, writing and speaking for such entities as the Ontario Bar Association’s Construction and Administrative Law Sections, the Federated Press, the Electrical Contractors Association, the Public Buyer’s Association, the Ontario Road Builders Association, the Toronto Construction Association, the Barrie, Niagara and Niagara Heavy Contractor's Associations, the Simcoe County, Brantford and Haldimand-Norfolk Homebuilder's Associations, Construction Law Update, Lorman Education Services, Infonex, the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association and Landscape Ontario, the Snow and Ice Management Association, the University of Waterloo, Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation, Lexis-Nexis, Sheridan College and George Brown College.


For a list of topics presented in publications and seminars please click here.




 2017 – Present            Kennaley Construction Law

 2002 to 2016               Counsel, McLauchlin & Associates

 1999 to 2002               Associate, Glaholt & Associates

 1998 to 1999               Associate, Dingwall, McLauchlin


Professional Memberships

Law Society of Ontario

The Ontario Bar Association – Construction Law Section

The Ontario Bar Association – Administrative Law Section

Toronto Construction Association

The American Bar Association - Construction Law Forum

Construction Lawyer's Society of America (Fellow)

The Ontario Home Builder’s Association

Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario

Barrie Construction Association

Simcoe County Homebuilder's Association

Niagara Construction Association

Heavy Contractor's Association of Niagara Region

Halidmand-Norfolk Homebuilder's Association

Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association

Canadian Nursery Landscape Association and Landscape Ontario

The Advocates' Society




Member, Standard Practices Committee, Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario

Past Chair and Construction Law Representative of the Construction Bid Depository of Ontario Advisory/Judicial Committee

Member, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association Insurance Committee and Risk Management Council

Past Member, Environment Canada Advisory Committee re: Code of Practice for Winter Maintenance of Parking Lots

Past Chair, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Port Dover, Ontario



1982 to 1987 - H.B.A. – Trent University 

1992 to 1993 - Graduate Studies – University of Toronto 

1994 to 1996 - LL.B. - University of Western Ontario 

1996 to 1997 - Articles – Goodman & Carr

1998 - Called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario