Melissa is a property tax specialist with more than 30 years of experience. Clients appreciate her strong advocacy skills and personable nature. Melissa is passionate about finding creative and cost-effective solutions that suit her clients' business objectives.
Melissa is a partner in the firm’s Municipal & Land Use
Planning, Real Estate and Commercial Leasing Groups. She advises commercial landlords, tenants, developers, property
managers and financial institutions on property assessment matters and
municipal taxation issues, as well as realty tax-related commercial leasing matters.
In her practice, Melissa routinely reviews and appeals property assessments to
the Assessment Review Board and negotiates settlements with the Municipal
Property Assessment Corporation.
Melissa’s practice also includes advising on and pursuing
applications for property tax exemptions, rebates and grants. She assists in
providing realty tax estimates, verifying tax appeal adjustments and reviewing tax
billing calculations. Melissa monitors new developments in assessment and
realty tax legislation and policies and proactively advises clients on the
implications for their businesses.
In commercial leasing, Melissa’s experience includes advising
landlords and tenants on the interpretation of realty tax clauses in leases and
in disputes relating to realty tax allocations. She also provides advice with
respect to drafting realty tax clauses to conform to the current legislative
assessment scheme and to align with a client’s business goals relating to
realty tax recoveries.
Melissa’s background in commercial litigation informs her
advocacy at hearings before the Assessment Review Board and the Superior Court
Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association
Volunteer, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Selected Speaking Engagements
Presenter, "Ontario Case Law Update – Estoppel, Equity and Palpable Error," Canadian Property Tax Association – Ontario Chapter Breakfast Meeting, November 23, 2023.
Author, "Changes to Toronto’s Vacant Home Tax and Small Business Property Tax Class," Aird & Berlis LLP, October 26, 2023.