Anna Esposito

A construction industry legal expert who treats all parties with respect and patience.

Anna Esposito’s practice is focused exclusively on construction law, representing all players in the construction industry, including owners, contractors, subcontractors, materials suppliers, architects, engineers, other design professionals, sureties and insurers, mortgagees, trustees in bankruptcy and industry associations. Anna is also a Mediator who brings her 36 years of experience to the alternative dispute arena.

As a certified specialist in construction law, Anna advises and represents parties in connection with all types of construction disputes, such as liens, breach of trust, performance bonds, labour and material payment bonds, delay and impact claims, and negligent or deficient design or construction, whether by way of negotiation, arbitration, interim adjudication or litigation. She also assists clients with construction contract preparation and has experience handling bankruptcy and insolvency matters in the context of the construction industry.

As a mediator of construction-related disputes, Anna brings her pragmatic attitude to alternative forms of dispute resolution, assisting parties to resolve claims or disputes, creatively and cost-effectively, without resorting to court. Anna is both patient and persistent in her quest to bring parties to a negotiated resolution.

Her ability to analyze complex situations, synthesize the key issues, fashion the best options, and communicate complex legal concepts in an easy-to-understand manner, makes her the construction industry’s go-to legal expert.

Clients appreciate her practical approach, taking their business needs and restrictions into account when providing legal remedies. Her attention to detail and high standards of client service are at the core of her successful practice as a lawyer and Mediator.

When litigation is the best or only option, she represents her clients before all levels of the Ontario Courts.

Anna is recognized as a Leading Practitioner in Construction Law by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada™ for Construction Litigation consecutively since 2006 and is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers.

Throughout her career, Anna has been a prolific speaker, teaching industry professionals and lawyers about issues relevant to the construction industry and the nuances of construction law.

For 30 years, she served as the firm’s Construction Practice Group Head, and was the firm’s Managing Partner from 2005 until 2010.
2023 LEXPERT-ranked Lawyer


B.A., York University (1982)
LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School (1985)

Called to the Ontario Bar, 1987

  • Member, Toronto Construction Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Peel Law Association

  • Anna Esposito – Pallett Valo Women Leadership Interview
  • Panelist, Decision Makers’ Speak! View from the Bench, Dispute Resolution, Trends and Saving the Troubled Project Mini-Workshop, Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law Course – March 2023
  • Presenter, View of a Mediator, CPD Session, Pallett Valo – May 2022
  • Presenter, To Lien or Not to Lien, 3rd Annual Legal Guide to Managing Construction Liens in Ontario, Osgoode Continuing Education – April 2022
  • Presenter, Overview of Ontario Construction Act, Credifax – April 2021
  • Presenter, Back to the Basics and More, Construction Act, CanLegal – March 2021
  • Presenter, To Lien or Not to Lien, 2nd Annual Legal Guide to Managing Construction Liens in Ontario, Osgoode Continuing Education – February 2021
  • Presenter, The “New” Construction Act Webinar, Pallett Valo Business Law Summit Series – September 2020
  • Presenter, The “New” Construction Act, Construction Institute of Canada – June 2020
  • Presenter, To Lien or Not to Lien? Legal and Strategic Considerations, Osgoode Professional Development – February 2020
  • Presenter, The “New” Construction Act – An Overview of the Changes, The Construction Institute of Canada – June 2019
  • Presenter, New Construction Act – In Force July 1, 2018! Understand the Changes Before It’s Too Late, The Construction Institute of Canada – July 2018
  • Presenter, Changes to Ontario’s Construction Lien Act – the New Construction Act, Pallett Valo Business Law Summit Series – March 2018
  • Presenter, Liens, Breach of Trust Bonds, Construction Liens, Trusts and Bonds Seminar, Construction Institute of Canada – April 2017
  • Presenter, A Practical Approach to Multiple Collection Remedies, Navigating Everyday Construction Law Landmines: Best Practices for Smooth Digging Seminar, OBA Institute – February 2017

  • Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Construction Law
  • Fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Recognized as a Leading Practitioner in the area of Construction Law by The Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada™ annually since 2006 in the field of Construction Law
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