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Christopher J. Williams

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1980

Chris offers his clients an analytical perspective and sensible solutions to difficult municipal and land use planning issues. His municipal and provincial government experience has given him the added benefit of understanding the culture and inner workings of these challenging environments.

Chris is a member of the firm's Municipal and Land Use Planning Group. Chris practises in all areas of municipal law, including land use planning and development, expropriations, environmental law, administrative law/litigation, development charges, educational development charges, user fees and charges, sign regulation, municipal finance, conflicts of interest, municipal restructuring, building code matters, property standards, bylaw prosecutions and defence, and challenges to council decisions for illegality, unconstitutionality and bad faith.

He regularly appears before municipal councils and committees, the Ontario Municipal Board, the Board of Negotiation, the Assessment Review Board and all levels of courts in Ontario. Chris has appeared before the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada in disputes regarding the constitutionality of the municipal regulation of federal undertakings. He provides advice and representation to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Chris was Director of Planning and Development at the City of Scarborough, where he was responsible for all planning, real estate, development and expropriation matters involving the city. Upon his call to the bar, he was a solicitor with the legal branch of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Province of Ontario, dealing with a variety of municipal issues of provincial significance.

Professional Involvement

Memberships

  • Canadian/Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Property Tax Association
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association
  • Ontario Expropriation Association
  • The Advocates' Society

Selected Publications

Chris is a regular contributor to the Ontario Building Officials Association Journal and is a contributor to the Guide to Ontario Building Legislation. Chris delivers presentations to the International Association of Municipal Law Officers, Canadian Bar Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Institute, Insight, Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario and the Ontario Building Officials Association. He also co-authors the Ontario Municipal Act and Commentary with John Mascarin.

Education

  • JD, University of Windsor, 1978
  • BA (Hons., Summa Cum Laude), McMaster University, 1975