Michael McQuaid QC is recognized as one of Canada's leading land development lawyers.

Mike is a senior litigation and administrative law counsel. He has extensive experience in the municipal law area, particularly before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and Boards involving environmental, expropriation and other matters. He has extensive experience in processing developments in the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario, including the Oak Ridges Moraine area. He is past external counsel for the City of Toronto for the development of the Railway Lands, including the SkyDome Precinct, and acted for the City of Burlington in the application for the first major regional waste management undertaking to be heard under the Environmental Assessment Act before a Joint Board. He acted for the Ottawa Senators before the OMB leading to the approval of the “Palladium”, formerly Corel Stadium, now Scotiabank Place, in the Ottawa area.

Mike was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1979. Mike is selected as one of the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada by Lexpert and American Lawyer Media. He is also recognized as a leading practitioner in Toronto in land use planning work in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. He has written articles in the areas of municipal planning, municipal finance and environmental matters.


    • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 as a leading lawyer in Real Estate Law
    • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 as a leading lawyer in Real Estate Law
    • Recognized in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leading lawyer in Property Development
    • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 as a leading lawyer in Real Estate Law
    Called to the Bar
    • Ontario (1965)
    • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1963
    • B.Sc., University of Toronto, 1960
    • Ontario Bar Association
    • Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association
    • The Advocates' Society
    • Law Society of Ontario
    • Urban Development Institute - Ontario

    Speaking Engagements

    "New Initiatives in Housing and Planning Law" Fourth Annual Contemporary Legal Issues Conference: New Liabilities and New Initiatives, May 19, 1993.
    "Servicing and Environmental Constraints - The Ultimate Land Use Controls" Insight Seminar, November 1990.
    "Consequences of the Development Charges Act, 1989" Association of Ontario Land Economists Seminar, Land Development Expectations, May 1990.
    "Implementing and Understanding the Development Charges Act" Insight Seminar, Residential Land Development, May 1990.
    "Application of the Rules of Civil Procedure in the Administrative Law Context" (co-authored with P. M. Perell) CBAO, The New Rules Revisited, February 4-6, 1988.
    "Master Development Agreement(s) - A Case Study of the City of Toronto, Railway Lands" The Canadian Institute, Land Development, 1987.
    "Remedies in Municipal and Planning Law" LSUC, 1981 Developments in the Law of Remedies, 1982.
    "Preparation for an Ontario Municipal Board Hearing - Where, What and Whom to Look For" LSUC, Administrative Advocacy Program, October 1979.
    "New Jurisprudence of Interest" LSUC, Ontario Planning and Zoning - Back to Basics, October 1977.
    "Update of Development in Municipal Law" CBAO, Program on Municipal Law, 1976.

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