Anthony Imbesi


Anthony’s practice focuses primarily on civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on construction and commercial matters. He acts in a variety of matters including construction disputes and lien claims, procurement issues, contract drafting and advice, professional liability defence for professional engineers and Occupational Health and Safety Act matters. He has represented clients in proceedings before all levels of court in Ontario as well as arbitral tribunals.

In 2022, Anthony acted as Commission Counsel to the Honourable Justice C. William Hourigan on the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Public Inquiry, which investigated the commercial and technical circumstances leading to breakdowns and derailments on Ottawa’s light rail transit system.


  • JD, University of Windsor (2015)
  • BA, Nipissing University (2012)

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association


Anthony speaks about construction lien and other construction litigation matters at industry seminars and regularly contributes to construction industry publications.

When he’s not in the office

Anthony enjoys travelling, sports and both listening to and playing music.

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— Dawna Christy

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— Judy Everson

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— Donna Lea Andrews, Andrews Brothers Construction (Ottawa) Ltd.

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— Ken Crawford, C&M Electric

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— Jonathan Westeinde, Windmill Developments

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— Stan Neathery, Integrating Solutions Inc.