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 the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Law Business Research's International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in Canada and has been listed as one of the top 500 lawyers by Lexpert/American Lawyer Media's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. He has been certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in construction law.
Howard is the author of the Manual of Construction Law (Toronto: Carswell, 1994) and co-author of Bristow, Glaholt, Reynolds and Wise on Construction, Builders' and Mechanics' Liens in Canada, 7th ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2015) the leading text in the area of construction lien law. He is a contributing author to a textbook entitled Construction Disputes: Representing the Contractor (New York: Aspen Publications, 2001). Howard is also a contributing editor of Canadian Forms & Precedents: Construction Liens (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2005).
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.