Patrick J. Devine
Certified Specialist in Municipal Law
(Land Use Planning and Development)
Patrick assists landowners and developers in achieving approvals for significant development and redevelopment projects. Working with some of the country’s largest developers, property owners and institutions, he is very experienced both at the local level and on appeals to the province’s planning court, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly OMB).
Patrick received the 2017 Ontario Bar Association’s Award of Excellence in Municipal Law. Patrick is also named as one of the most frequently recommended property development lawyers, and is recognized in The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the 500 Leading Lawyers in Canada. Patrick is Past Chair of the Planning and Development Committee of the Board of Trade and Past President of the Toronto Chapter of Lambda Alpha, an international land economics organization.
Jason I. Park, B.Comm, LL.B.
Jason assists property owners, developers and municipalities on official plan, zoning, subdivision, severance, variance and site plan matters throughout Ontario including acting for some of the largest and most prominent developers in Ontario. He has attended at the Ontario Municipal Board "(now known as the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal) on numerous occasions regarding a variety of Planning Act appeals and has extensive experience negotiating and drafting a variety of development related agreements such as Section 37 and Site Plan Agreements.
Jason has previous experience working in the City of Toronto’s Legal Services Division. He is Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association's Municipal Law Section Executive and is the Chair of the Board of Directors for HF Connecting Health Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic. Jason is also on the Executive for Lambda Alpha International – Simcoe Chapter, which is an international land economics organization and the Steering Committee for the Cambridge Forum on Land Use Planning. He has also been for the past several years a co-chair of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Six Minute Municipal Lawyer Program.
Adrian G. Frank
Adrian‘s practice focuses on a wide variety of municipal law matters, including planning, parkland, and heritage issues, as well as a full range of development approvals. He has been involved in a number of high-profile development projects, and excels in the negotiation of complex development and land use agreements. Adrian’s broad professional, policy and business background provides a valuable perspective for clients.
Adrian is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association (currently a member of the Municipal Law Executive), the Ontario Expropriation Association, and the Urban Land Institute.
Samantha’s practice encompasses a wide range of planning and development law matters, including assisting both private and public sector clients with official plan amendments, zoning by-law amendments, severances, and minor variances. She has been involved in a number of notable developments in Toronto and the GTA, and has appeared before the Committee of Adjustment and the Ontario Municipal Board (now known as the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal)on numerous occasions. Samantha has a particular interest in parkland, heritage and Section 37 matters.
Samantha is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Ontario Expropriation Association and Young Women In Law.
Michael is the firm’s newest associate, having joined the firm in January 2017. Michael’s practice focuses on land use planning and development law matters, representing developers and private landowners throughout the municipal approval process including applications and appeals under Ontario’s Planning Act, including but not limited to appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board (now known as the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal)and the Toronto Local Appeal Body.
Michael brings a broad range of experience to his practice. Following his call to the bar in 2011, Michael practiced corporate and securities law for five years at a downtown Toronto law firm. Prior to law school and following his graduation from high school in the United States, Michael lived in Israel for seven years, where, among other things, he completed his undergraduate studies.
Michael is a member of the Urban Land Institute, serving on the Outreach Committee, which is charged with bringing together local organizations and bodies active in the real estate development and land use fields to work with them on areas of common interest and concern to the community.
Andrea E. Paterson, MCIP, RPP
Land Use Planner
Andrea has over 30 years experience in the development field, originally as a Planner with the former City of Scarborough. Working under the supervision of a solicitor, Andrea assists both public and private clients from the development industry. She handles the preparation of official plan and zoning review reports, the preparation and filing of appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board (now known as the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal), and frequently advocates on behalf of clients before various committees of Council, public meetings and municipal staff. She assists clients with Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendment applications, Subdivision/Condominium applications, Site Plan applications and Committee of Adjustment applications. Andrea also regularly reviews and monitors municipal and provincial policies and studies in order to keep solicitors and their clients apprised of changes affecting development projects.
Chris J. Drew, B.U.R.Pl
Land Use Planner
Chris assists property owners, developers, and institutions on official plan, zoning, subdivision, and severance and site plan matters. He has experience working with planners, community organizations, and elected officials. Chris has previously worked for the Member of Parliament and the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Toronto Centre.
Chris has previous experience including working with a diverse range of clients in the planning and development industry, health care sector, and non-profit organizations. He was a volunteer with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games, the Bleecker Wellesley Activity Network, Cycle Toronto, the Ryerson Planning Alumni Association, and previously for the Ontario Society for Professional Engineers Infrastructure Task Force.