Commercial Litigation
Construction Law


  • Bachelor of Commerce, UBC
  • JD, Thompson Rivers University



  • Southern Interior Construction Association - Director
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Kelowna Bar Association


Handling Changes During Construction

September 27, 2018

Changes to the scope of work are one of the most disputed areas in relation to construction projects. The reason that this is often an issue is because changes usually increase costs and the parties are at odds regarding who is required to pay those costs. This type of conflict can stem from a number…

Construction Contracts: What is the Difference Between Fixed Price and Cost-Plus?

July 4, 2018

When entering into an agreement in relation to a construction project there are a large number of items that one must consider. One of the most important considerations is the form of the agreement. There are basically two main types of construction contract: fixed price; and cost-plus. When choosing which type of agreement one would…

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Nathan MacDermott

B.Comm., J.D.

Nathan is an Associate practicing in Civil and Commercial Litigation, with an overall focus on construction matters. He spent the summer of 2016 as an Articling Student with Pihl Law corporation and returned to complete his articles in the Spring of 2017 after completing his JD at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.

Before returning to school to study law in 2014, Nathan had been involved in the construction industry since 2003 when he started a flooring installation company in Victoria. Nathan moved his business to the Okanagan in 2006 and expanded his business in 2008 to provide general contractor services.

Since joining Pihl Law Corporation, Nathan has worked on a broad number of matters, assisting with civil, commercial and construction disputes as well as with the negotiation of settlements, and the drafting of contracts and other agreements. With more than 10 years’ experience in business and in the construction industry Nathan brings an important practical perspective to his advice to clients.

Nathan has spoken at legal seminars on builders liens and other construction law matters. He has also written a number of articles about construction contracts and the use of technology by contractors in those contracts.

When he is not in the office Nathan can often be found at the gym, spending time with his family, or skiing and biking at Big White.