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Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Construction and Infrastructure Law

Commercial and Business Litigation

Directors and Officers Liability


Professional Liability

Domestic and International Arbitration


John Singleton is a principal legal figure in the country’s construction industry, having played key roles in major developments across Western Canada. He founded the firm in Vancouver, in 1982, with a vision of creating a practice that would stand out for its expertise in construction and infrastructure law. Today, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP serves clients across the country and is recognized internationally for its knowledge and insight.

As managing partner of the firm, John has acted as counsel in precedent-setting cases involving insurance, construction, liability and environmental matters. He offers extensive experience in major infrastructure projects and public private partnerships, as well as complex commercial disputes.

John is an accomplished mediator and arbitrator. He earned the chartered arbitrator designation (C.Arb) from the ADR Institute of Canada, and over the past decade has served as fairness advisor on more than 85 infrastructure projects, ranging from the construction of hospitals and hydro energy enterprises, to the building of the RCMP headquarters in Surrey, B.C.

He has dedicated significant time to sharing his knowledge through academia and professional journals. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of British Columbia and the Thompson Rivers University, and was a visiting lecturer at Stanford University’s law school.

John is consistently recognized as a leader in the construction legal field, regularly earning top rankings from Lexpert, Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal, Martindale-Hubbell and others. Benchmark Canada has designated him a “litigation star” and Chambers Canada recently labelled him a “top gun.”

Outside of the firm, John maintains a long-term relationship with Arts Umbrella, the not-for-profit arts education centre dedicated to inspiring children and young adults. Over the past 20 years he has served as a member of the organization’s board, as president and as legal advisor.

Professional Memberships

Member, Society of Construction Lawyers

Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America

Member, Diversity Law Institute

Member, Trial Law Institute

Fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers

Member, Federation of Defence and Corporate Counsel

Member, Defence Research Institute

Member, Arbitrators Institute of Canada

Arbitrator, American Dispute Resolution Center

Member, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys

Member, panel of arbitrators of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

Member, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore International Arbitration Centres