Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the fields of Municipal Law and Real Estate Law and named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Municipal Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Toronto.
Appears in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in the area of Property Development.
Certified Specialist in Municipal Law: Local Government and Land Use Planning and Development by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
IMLA President's Award for Most Outstanding Associate Member (2011) Lifetime Honourary Membership – Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians (2009).
A Comprehensive Guide to the City of Toronto Act (with Leo Longo)Annotated Ontario Building Code Act (with Jeffrey Levitt)Annotated Land Development Agreements (with Paul De Francesca)Ontario Municipal Act and Commentary (with Christopher Williams)Annotated Municipal Act (2nd Edition) (with Stephen Auerback)Editorial
Editor-in-Chief, Municipal & Planning Law Report (1995-present)Editor-in-Chief, The Digest of Municipal & Planning Law (1990-present)Co-Editor-in-Chief, Real Property Reports (1992-present)Former Editor, Digest of Real Property Law (1991-1993)
Halsbury's Laws of Canada – Municipal Ontario Planning Act and Commentary Ontario Land Development: Legislation and PracticeCanadian Commercial Real Estate Manual Practice and Procedure Before Administrative TribunalsCanadian Abridgment (Municipal Law Real Property Titles)
John's numerous articles, commentaries and papers have been extensively published and he is a frequent speaker at professional, industry and continuing legal education conferences.
Adjunct Professor (2008-2016) – “Land Use Planning Law”York University – Faculty of Environmental Studies – M.E.S. ProgramOsgoode Hall Law School – J.D. Program
Adjunct Professor (2014 and 2016) – “Municipal Law”Osgoode Hall Law School – J.D. Program
Guest Lecturer (2008-2016) – “Securing Public Benefits from Urban Development”Ryerson University – School of Urban & Regional Planning – M.E.S. Program
Course Director (2006, 2011 and 2015) – “Municipalities in a Legal & Policy Context”Osgoode Hall Law School – LL.M. Program
Guest Lecturer (2015) – “Land Use Planning Law”University of Windsor, Faculty of Law – J.D. Program
Course Director (2012) – “Ethics and Municipalities”Osgoode Hall Law School – LL.M. in Municipal Law
Course Director (2010) – “Land Use Regulations & Property Development”Osgoode Hall Law School – LL.M. in Real Property Law
Guest Lecturer (2007-2008) – “Land Development”Schulich School of Business – M.B.A. Program
Guest Lecturer (2005 and 2007) – “Land Use Planning Law”York University – Faculty of Environmental Studies – M.E.S. Program
LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1987M.A., University of Toronto, 1984B.A., University of Toronto, 1983
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