Lisa Borsook

Executive Partner*

Toronto
416.947.5003

Lisa Borsook

* Partner through a professional corporation

Lisa Borsook is one of the most recommended commercial leasing and infrastructure lawyers in the country, widely recognized for her knowledge, experience and commitment to her clients and the profession, while never losing her sense of humour.

She is currently the executive partner of WeirFoulds LLP and was the firm’s managing partner from 2007 to 2012. She is also the current Chairperson of its Commercial Leasing Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Corporate Group and Women Lawyers Group.

For more than 25 years Lisa has used her extensive management, legal and business experience to run her successful and vibrant practice that includes a vast array of clients, both large and small, local, regional, national and international, as well as numerous governments and government agencies, in connection with their infrastructure, retail, industrial, office and brownfields properties. Lisa is well-known to her clients for her strategic focus, exceptional problem solving skills, entrepreneurial business sense and management skills that build trust, harmony and consensus. In recognition of her work Lisa has received numerous awards. From 2013 to 2016, she was selected as one of Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) Top 100: Most Powerful Women in Canada and in 2016 was inducted into its Hall of Fame. Also in 2016, Lisa received the Laura Legge Award from the Law Society of Upper Canada in recognition of her contributions to women in the profession and in 2017 was honoured by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) for Excellence in Law. In addition, Lisa received the ICRF Women of Action award, recognizing extraordinary achievements in business in 2012 and the Zenith Award in recognition of her accomplishments as a leading business lawyer and a leading woman in the business of law in 2009. She has been repeatedly recognized as at the top of her fields by her peers and in a large variety of directories and ranking bodies including Best Lawyers in Canada, Lexpert, Legal 500, and as the recipient of the OBA Award of Excellence in Real Estate in 2015.

Lisa works diligently in support of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. As one of the first women managing partners of a major law firm, Lisa fought to bring issues concerning women in the workplace to the forefront in her work and continues to be a champion of these causes both in the legal and business marketplace. She is currently a member of the Equity Advisory Group of the Law Society of Ontario and was member of the Steering Committee for the Law Society’s Retention of Women in Private Practice Working Group in connection with the Justicia Project. As an active member of the International Women’s Forum, in 2019 Lisa will co-chair their national convention to be convened in Toronto. In addition to this, she regularly speaks on the topic of diversity and inclusion, for the Law Society, the Canadian Bar Association and numerous other organizations. Recognizing the importance of helping young professionals grow and achieve success, Lisa has been a mentor for a number of years with various organizations including WXN and NAIOP and was also an advisory board member for the Young Women in Law organization.

Lisa is an ICD.D certified board candidate and a member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council’s 2016 Diversity 50 – Canada’s Most Diverse Board Candidates. She serves on the board of the Sunnybrook Foundation, which supports the advancement of this world-class health sciences centre through active fundraising in support of research, education and equipment initiatives, the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, a charitable foundation devoted to funding research into brain related issues affecting women, and as a board member for SCG Legal, an international organization of law firms, of which the firm is also a member. Lisa also served on the advisory council for the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University for three years.

The negotiation and completion of commercial leases for a variety of local and national landlords, including mixed use developments, ground leases, and retail, industrial and office leases.

The negotiation and completion of commercial leases for a variety of local and national tenants, particularly in the retail area.

The development of Filmport in the Portlands on behalf of the Toronto Port Lands Company.

The negotiation of ground lease, office and retail arrangements on behalf of the Liquor Board of Ontario and the Ontario Cannabis Realty Corporation.

  • Repeatedly recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner (2006 – 2019)
  • Repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading practitioner in Commercial Leasing Law and Real Estate Law (2008-2018)
  • Recognized in Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada (2018)
  • Acritas Stars: Independently Rated Lawyers; Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel (2018)
  • Repeatedly recognized in Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2011 – 2019)
  • Canadian Civil Liberties Association – Excellence in the Law (2017)
  • Inducted into the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) Top 100 Hall of Fame (2016)
  • Listed in the Canadian Board Diversity Council’s (CBDC) 2016 Diversity 50 – Canada’s Most Diverse Board Candidates (2016)
  • WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner in the RBC Champion Category (2014-2016)
  • Recognized in the Lexpert Directory Special Edition – Infrastructure (2015-2016)
  • Laura Legge Award. The Laura Legge Award recognizes women lawyers from Ontario who have exemplified leadership within the profession (2016)
  • Award of Excellence in Real Estate – Ontario Bar Association (2014)
  • WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner in the KPMG Professionals Category (2013)
  • ICRF Women of Action award, recognizing extraordinary achievements in business (2012)
  • Lexpert Zenith Award recipient; recognizing her accomplishments as a leading woman business lawyer and a leading woman lawyer in the business of law (2009)
Called to the Bar
  • Ontario (1982)
Education
  • LL.B., University of Toronto, 1980
Affiliations
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centres
  • Women's Law Association
  • Women in Capital Markets

Community Involvement

Lisa is the mother of two children.

Lisa works with a number of charities, including the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation, The Women’s Brain Health Initiatives, the Sick Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Negev dinners, the Koffler Centre for the Performing Arts, Azrieli Foundation’s Dinner of Miracles and ICRF.

Corporate Directorship

Lisa is the current Executive Partner of WeirFoulds LLP.

Lisa is the current chairperson of the Commercial Leasing Practice at WeirFoulds LLP.

Lisa is a current member of the Women’s Lawyer Group and Corporate Team at WeirFoulds LLP.

Lisa represents the firm as part of the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network.

Lisa is a current board member of the Sunnybrook Foundation.

Lisa is a current board member of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative (WBHI).

Lisa is a current appointee to the Equity Advisory Group of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Lisa was on the advisory council to the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University – 2014-2016.

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, “Market Changers: New Development Opportunities and Risks Servicing the Cannabis Market”, Canadian Real Estate Forums, Land and Development Conference, May 2018
Panelist, "Because it's 2017! Closing the Gender Compensation Gap in the Legal Profession", CBA Leadership Conference for Professional Women, Calgary, AB, October 20-21, 2017
Speaker, "Iconic Developers Series", 13th Annual Land & Development Conference, Toronto, ON, May 3, 2017
Speaker, "Here I Go Again - Options to Renew and Extend", ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference, April 2017
Mentor, Revolving Tables 2017, Israel Cancer Research Fund, March 2, 2017
Speaker, "How to Make Partner", RODA's 2nd Annual Diversity Conference in Partnership with the OBA Success Strategies for Diverse Lawyers, Toronto, ON, November 29, 2016
Speaker, "Leading Effectively", FCI-CWI, Toronto, ON, November 23, 2016
Panelist, "The Target Fall-Out: What New Lessons Have We Learned Along the Way?", 2016 Real Estate Strategy & Leasing Conference, Toronto, ON, October 6, 2016
"Canada's Retail Landscape and the Impact of the Target Canada Departure", WeirFoulds LLP Municipal and Planning Law Practice 2016 Private Sector Seminar, May 18, 2016
"Office Leases: a Landlord's and Tenant's Perspective", 21st Commercial Real Estate Leases Course (December, 2015)

Legend: GeneralLitigationPropertyCorporateGovernment

Legend: GeneralLitigationPropertyCorporateGovernment

Legend: GeneralLitigationPropertyCorporateGovernment

Papers

“Senior Partner Buy In for Women’s Initiatives”, 3rd Women and Leadership in the Legal Profession Conference, November 2015

“Practice Gems: Commercial Leasing, Mixed-Use Developments”, LSUC, September 2015

Books

“Remedies for Breach of Covenant”, 2nd Edition of Landlord’s Rights and Remedies in a Commercial Lease: A Practical Guide (2015)

Author of chapter entitled “Exclusive Clauses” in Tenant’s Rights and Remedies in a Commercial Lease: A Practical Guide, editor Harvey M. Haber (Toronto: Canada Law Book, 1998)

Author of chapter entitled “Good Faith and Fairness in Commercial Leasing” in Shopping Centre Leases (2nd ed.), editor Harvey M. Haber (Toronto: Canada Law Book, 2008)