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Michael S. Polowin
Partner, Leader of National Municipal Law Group

Speaks: English

Year of Call: 1985 - Ontario

Primary Office: Ottawa

Michael S. Polowin

Michael Polowin is one of Ontario's leading lawyers in municipal and real property law. An Ottawa-based Gowling WLG partner with more than 30 years' experience, he can provide you with strategic advice and representation in the areas of development, municipal and planning law, and commercial real property, through the full spectrum of the acquisition, financing and development process.

He has acted for some of the largest developers in Canada, and has been involved in developments throughout Ontario, appearing in Court and at the Ontario Municipal Board. Michael also has extensive experience in development-related agreements, including subdivision, cost-sharing agreements and expropriation matters.

Top-ranked by major legal directories such as Lexpert and The Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael also features regularly in various publications electronic media and Canadian newspapers, providing commentary on key municipal and planning issues.

He has written extensively on municipal and planning law matters.

Michael believes in giving back. He has taught in the School of Business at Carleton University. He is a member of the Ottawa chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association, where he also serves as a member of the Government Affairs Committee. He is active in the community, sitting on the board of a number of charitable organizations and acting as a fundraiser for others. He is chair of the Board of Directors for Camp B'nai Brith of Ottawa, and is the incoming Chair of the Annual Fundraising Campaign for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa for 2016 and 2017.

 


September2015

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

July2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015

2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, Municipal Law

Featured insights & resources

Everything Ontario municipal officials need to know - all in one book

Multiple Authors

Articles April 1, 2015

Memberships

Career & Recognition

2015

September 2015

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

2015

July 2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015

2015

2015

Lexpert - Property Development

2015

2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, Municipal Law

2015

2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, Real Estate

2014

September 2014

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015

2014

July 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014

2014

2014

Lexpert - Property Development

2014

2014

Best Lawyers in Canada, Municipal Law

2014

2014

Best Lawyers in Canada, Real Estate

2013

September 2013

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014

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February 2013

The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013

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2013

Best Lawyers in Canada, Municipal Law

2013

2013

Best Lawyers in Canada, Real Estate

2012

February 2012

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2012

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2012

Best Lawyers in Canada, Municipal Law

2012

2012

Best Lawyers in Canada, Real Estate

2011

February 2011

The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2011

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2011

Best Lawyers in Canada, Municipal Law

2011

2011

Best Lawyers in Canada, Real Estate

2010

February 2010

The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2010

2010

2010

Best Lawyers in Canada, Municipal Law

2010

2010

Best Lawyers in Canada, Real Estate

1985

1985

Year of Call, Ontario

1983

1983

Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB

1980

1980

University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Social Science

Michael Polowin
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Michael Polowin

Michael Polowin is one of Ontario's leading lawyers in municipal and real property law. An...

Michael Polowin
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All aboard: Expropriation and injurious affection in the age of the LRT

Michael S. Polowin, Roberto Aburto

Article June 1, 2015

Everything Ontario municipal officials need to know - all in one book

Multiple Authors

Article April 1, 2015

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Michael Polowin

Michael Polowin is one of Ontario's leading lawyers in municipal and real property law. An...

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EXTERNAL PUBLICATIONS &
PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • "What's Reasonable? Grounds for Adding Parties," The Digest of Municipal & Planning Law (ISSN 1181-9006), (2010), Volume:4, Series 2d, Issue 24
  • "The Evolution of Legal Non-Conforming Rights," The Digest of Municipal & Planning Law (2010), 4D, M.P.L. (2d), January 2010, Issue 13
  • "Official, but illegal:  Are Official Plans being used in a manner that is a 'bridge too far'?" The Digest of Municipal and Planning Law (2011), August 2011, Issue 8

Michael writes a monthly column on municipal affairs in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper.

To view Michael's articles in their entirety, please visit Gowlings' Knowledge Centre.

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