Cara Shamess practices exclusively in the area of construction law and provides legal counsel to general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, owners, developers, architects, engineers, sureties and mortgagees. Cara advises and represents clients on construction-related legal matters which include bidding, tendering and RFP/RFQ issues, contract review and negotiation, construction liens, claims for breach of contract, breach of trust, negligence and delay, settlement negotiations, and mediations. Cara appears regularly before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and has represented clients at the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Cara earned a law degree from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2003.
Cara has experience assisting clients with a wide variety of construction-related legal matters particularly in the areas of:
Construction liens/litigation: preservation and perfection of construction liens, legal advice and representation with respect to all aspects of construction-related litigation, such as motions (including ex parte construction lien motions), construction lien claims, bond claims and claims for breach of contract, breach of trust, negligence and delay, and settlement negotiations and mediations
Bidding and tendering: review, revision and negotiation of tender documents, and legal advice and representation with respect to bidding, tendering and RFP/RFQ issues and disputes
Contract review and negotiation: review, revision and negotiation of construction contracts and related documents
Cara lectures annually at the John H. Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape and Design, at the University of Toronto, and is a past lecturer for the “Law and Construction Contracts” course at George Brown College.
Prior to joining Miller Thomson, Cara practiced construction law at a number of boutique and full-service law firms, and was Construction Legal Counsel at the University of Toronto.
Cara is a member of the Toronto Construction Association/The Construction Institute of Canada Professional Development and Accreditation Committee.
- Co-speaker, “Risk Management for LTC Construction Projects”, AdvantAge Ontario, May 8, 2019
- Annual lecturer at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto
- “Tendering After Tercon: An Overview of Tendering Law Post-Tercon”, Construction Law Best Practices: Managing Critical Risks to Ensure Ultimate Project Success, May 28, 2013
- “Effects of the New Rules of Civil Procedure on Construction Lien Cases”, LSUC Practice Gems – Construction Lien Essentials, January 12 and March 23, 2011
- “The Impact of the New Rules on Construction Law Cases”, OBA Using the Construction Lien Act to Your Client’s Advantage, March 9, 2010
- Past lecturer for the “Law and Construction Contracts” course at George Brown College
- Authored Editor’s Note for article by Stephen A. Hess: “Termination American Style: Handling the Acutely Troubled Construction Project”, CCCL Journal, 2013
- Toronto Construction Association/The Construction Institute of Canada Professional Development & Accreditation Committee Member
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association
- The Advocates’ Society
Bar admissions & education
- Ontario Bar, 2003
- J.D., University of Toronto, 2002
- B.Sc. (Hons.), Western University, 1998