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Monica Ciriello

Associate Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2015

Monica is a member of the firm’s Municipal & Land Use Planning and Expropriation Groups.

With a background in public policy and experience as an in-house municipal solicitor, Monica has intimate knowledge of local government and its powers, operation and jurisdiction. She leverages her expertise to advise clients on a variety of legislative, regulatory and policy matters. Her practical and strategic advice helps clients to resolve issues and advance their objectives in an efficient and effective manner.

Monica provides advice and representation to private and public sector clients in connection with a variety of municipal and land use matters, including council authority, freedom of information, municipal election law, and drafting, interpreting and enforcing municipal by-laws. She has an interest in municipal governance, accountability and transparency.

Professional Involvement


  • International Municipal Lawyers Association
  • Canadian/Ontario Bar Association 

Selected Speaking Engagements

“Who Really is Your Client?,” International Municipal Lawyers Association’s 83rd Annual Conference, October 19, 2018.

“Imposing Enforceable Conditions Under the Planning Act,” Ontario Association of Committees of Adjustment & Consent Authorities, October 15, 2018.

“Annual Municipal Case Law Update,” Municipal Law Departments Association of Ontario, October 2017.

“Sharing Economy: Vehicles for Hire,” Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario, May 2017.

 “Policy and Legal Implications of Community Development,” University of Ontario Institute of Technology, March 2016.

Selected Publications

“Local Boards, Private Deliberations and Closed Meeting Investigations,” The Digest of Municipal & Planning Law, September 2018.

“Toronto Municipal Election 2018: Chaos, Notwithstanding,” The Lawyer’s Daily, September 13, 2018.

Canadian Case Law Contributor, Municipal Lawyer, 2013-present.

“Province Flexes Its Muscle by Slashing Toronto City Council Seats,” The Lawyer’s Daily, August 1, 2018.

“Legal and Economic Implications of Inter-Municipal Barriers to Trade in the Sharing Economy,” The Digest of Municipal & Planning Law, July 2018.

“Canada’s Prostitution Laws Struck Down by Supreme Court,” Municipal Lawyer, March 2014


  • JD, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 2013
  • MPP, University of Michigan, 2011
  • MA, Political Science, University of Windsor, 2010 
  • BA (Hons), Political Science, Western University, 2009