Bill Pigott has focused on construction law for nearly 30 years, and has developed a comprehensive practice at Miller Thomson. His services cover the full range of construction law issues with an emphasis on the “front end,” including procurement and project execution strategies, preparation of design and construction contracts, alternative dispute resolution (as a preventative measure), and early claim resolution through negotiation or mediation.
Bill helps his clients to identify their goals and needs and the associated risks involved. From there, he develops a suitable execution plan–providing advice on available options including expressions of interest, binding procurement, requests for proposal, and conventional bids. Once the execution plan has been established, he prepares and negotiates contracts.
Bill’s experience in project modelling includes both general contracts and more demanding forms of project execution such as construction management, design build, and public-private partnerships. While much of Bill’s work is for owners and their consultants, he understands the contractor’s side of the equation and provides advice in connection with contract negotiation, bid issues, and claims resolution. Bill is a “contractor’s kid” who spent ten years working in construction. He understands the industry and its unique culture.
Bill is active in most sectors of the construction industry, including healthcare and power generation.
Professional achievements & leadership
- The Best Lawyers in Canada, Construction Law, 2018
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Construction Law, 2013, 2017, 2018
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer, 2013
- 2012 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
- Certificate of Achievement, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, ADR Workshop, 2000
- Certificate of Achievement, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Advanced ADR Workshop, 2000
- Guest lecturer at University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and the Faculty of Architecture and Design
- Instructor in the Certificate Program of the Ontario Association of Architects
- Co-author with Paul Sandori, Bidding and Tendering: What is the Law, Butterworth, 4th edition, 2009;
- Frequent speaker and writer on bidding and other construction sector topics
- “The Broader Public Sector Supply Chain Guidelines: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” Health Communiqué, December 15, 2010
- The Procurement Process: A Workshop for the Health Industry, 2009
- Bidding and Tendering: What is the Law? (4th Edition), 2009
- “Rip Van Winkle Meets AFP,” Communiqué for the Health Industry, June 28, 2006
- “Cold Feet? Cold Comfort!” Construction Law Letter, 2005
- “Lost in Translation,” Construction Law Letter, 2005
- “‘Contract A:’ sword or ploughshare?” Construction Law Newsletter, 2003
- “Holdback and Architects: Some Relief at Last,” Communiqué for the Health Industry, November 2, 2001
- “To Holdback or Not to Holdback on Architect’s Fees?” Communiqué for the Health Industry, May 29, 2001
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Life Member, Association for Preservation of Technology (Canada)
- Member, Building Committee, Archdiocese of Toronto
- Member, Editorial Board, Construction Law Letter and author of various articles for the publication
- Member, ADR Institute of Ontario
- Member, MOH LTC OGCA & OAA Task Group for Model Construction Documents for Healthcare Projects
Bar admissions & education
- Ontario Bar, 1978
- LL.B., University of Toronto, 1966
- B.A., University of Toronto, 1963
Miller Thomson recognized in 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
In the recently released 2018 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 90 Miller Thomson lawyers across 35 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise. These rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer review process...
Miller Thomson recognized in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
In the recently released 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 79 Miller Thomson lawyers across 30 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise. These latest rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer...
Lexpert recognizes 80 Miller Thomson lawyers
Miller Thomson is pleased to announce 80 lawyers across ten of our offices are recognized in the 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as leading practitioners in their field. Published annually since 1997, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory...
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in 2013 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
Miller Thomson is thrilled to announce that 43 of the firm’s lawyers from across Canada were recently recognized in 25 categories in the 2013 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. These rankings, based on extensive annual peer-review surveys, identify leading lawyers in Canada across...
Six Miller Thomson partners are recognized as Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers.
Six Miller Thomson partners are featured in a special report in Report on Business magazine focusing on Canada’s thriving infrastructure industry. Our lawyers formed part of a group of the leading players who provide legal services to municipal executive and...
Bill Pigott is quoted in the Windsor Star regarding the city’s new aquatic centre RFP.
In the article, “No bidders meet aqua centre RFP,” Mayor Eddie Francis says construction on the downtown aquatic centre will begin in January 2012, despite a setback in the selection of a firm to design and build the project. None...
Drazen Bulat and Bill Pigott will be presenting at the Ontario General Contractors Association Symposium IX at Blue Mountain
William Pigott presents a lecture on Bidding Update at the Ontario General Contractors Association 2011 Symposium.
B. Pigott, K. Kanani and D. Bulat present “The Procurement Process: A Workshop for the Health Industry” in Toronto on (Jan 19), London (Jan 20), Sudbury (Jan 26) and Ottawa (Jan 27)
Construction Procurement and Contract Execution: Part 2
Miller Thomson’s CPD series continues in 2013 with our high-quality Continuing Professional Development series of breakfast meetings/webcasts open to all corporate counsel. Led by legal and industry experts, and accredited by The Law Society of Upper Canada, the programs offer...
Coffee Talk: Myths of Procurement in the Broader Public Sector
Bill Pigott and Dražen Bulat present a Coffee Talk seminar on “Myths of Procurement in the Broader Public Sector.”
Coffee Talk: Broader Public Sector Procurement Guidelines
Bill Pigott speaks on “Broader Public Sector Procurement Guidelines: Where Are We Now?” at the Health Group’s Coffee Talk Seminar.
Coffee Talk: Bids and RFPs: Make the Process Fit the Purchase (Oct 21)
Stirring The Pot: Comment On the Rankin Decision
Construction Law Letter, Spring 2015
BPSAA: The Other Shoe Has Dropped
Miller Thomson Newsletter
Integrity In Bidding: A Moving Target
Construction Law Letter, January/February 2011
BPSAA: The Other Shoe Has Dropped
April 1, 2011 brought the remaining sections of the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act (“BPSAA”) dealing with procurement into force. The Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive (the “Directive”) issued by the Management Board of Cabinet becomes the procurement marching orders...
The Broader Public Sector Supply Chain Guidelines: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Yesterday In April of 2009, the BPS Supply Chain Secretariat, Ministry of Finance (better known as “Ontario Buys”) rolled out the Broader Public Sector Supply Chain Guidelines, Version 1.0 (“BPS”). The goal of the BPS is to improve and harmonize...
Standard of Care: Setting The Bar for Contractors – And Engineers, Engineers & The Law, July
Tercon Contractors v. B.C.: It’s Only A Matter Of Time!
We shouldn’t be surprised that the Supreme Court of Canada – in Tercon Contractors Ltd. v. BC – should confirm that Contract A is a real contract, meaning that the parties can pursue their legitimate goals in their contracts which include...
The Procurement Process: A Workshop for the Health Industry
The Procurement Process: A workshop for the Health Industry