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Roberto Aburto
Associate

Speaks: English

Year of Call: 2011 - Ontario

Primary Office: Ottawa

Roberto Aburto

Roberto practises municipal law and civil litigation, with a focus on real estate disputes, land use planning law, expropriation and commercial litigation.

Roberto has represented clients in a variety of areas, including land use planning matters, expropriation, interpretation of municipal by-laws, municipal tax assessment, development charge disputes, complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, oppression remedy proceedings, real estate disputes and environmental contamination disputes.

Roberto represents all sizes of the development industry, including developers, municipalities and community organizations. He regularly engages and works with experts in the fields of land use planning, real estate appraisal, municipal tax assessment, traffic engineering, civil engineering, environmental consulting, economics, business loss quantification and business valuation.

Roberto has appeared before the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Divisional Court, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice, and various administrative tribunals, including regularly appearing before the Ontario Municipal Board and Assessment Review Board. His practice also involves alternative dispute resolution, including engaging in mediation and arbitration.

Active in the community, Roberto serves on the board of directors for the Lifesaving Society (Ontario Branch) as the corporate secretary/legal adviser.

Roberto sits as regional representative for Eastern Ontario on the board of directors of the Ontario Expropriation Association. He is part of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute Concussion Injury Working Group.

He is also National Co-chair of Gowling WLG's National Diversity and Inclusion Council and is committed to promoting these principles and host of Diversonomics — a podcast on diversity in the legal market.


March2014

Service Medal and Bar to Service for service to the Lifesaving Society

2011

Year of Call, Ontario

June2010

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, LLB

May2010

Centenary Medal in recognition of future leaders of the Lifesaving Society

May2009

Michigan State University College of Law, JD, concentrating in international law

Memberships

Career & Recognition

2014

March 2014

Service Medal and Bar to Service for service to the Lifesaving Society

2011

2011

Year of Call, Ontario

2010

June 2010

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, LLB

2010

May 2010

Centenary Medal in recognition of future leaders of the Lifesaving Society

2009

May 2009

Michigan State University College of Law, JD, concentrating in international law

2005

June 2005

Wilfrid Laurier University, BBA

2002

2002

Queen's Golden Jubilee medal in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Commonwealth

2002

2002

Rescue Award of Merit for heroics in 2002 Rescue

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Ontario Municipal Board reform under Bill 139 – What to do with current applications

Multiple Authors

Article September 22, 2017

LRTs in Ottawa and Hamilton Expropriations are under way

Multiple Authors

Article August 1, 2017

Case comment: Marjerrison v Ottawa (City), Ontario Municipal Board

Multiple Authors

Article April 6, 2017

Diversonomics | Episode 6 - Why your firm should undergo unconscious bias training

Roberto Aburto, Sarah Willis

Podcast December 14, 2016

Diversonomics | Episode 5 - Building a better workforce through inclusive recruitment

Roberto Aburto, Sarah Willis

Podcast December 7, 2016

Diversonomics | Episode 4 - Overcoming bias in the legal profession

Roberto Aburto, Sarah Willis

Podcast November 30, 2016

Diversonomics | Episode 3 - Fostering inclusion in a global firm

Roberto Aburto, Sarah Willis

Podcast November 23, 2016

Diversonomics | Episode 2 - Tackling LGBT inclusion in the workplace

Roberto Aburto, Sarah Willis

Podcast November 16, 2016

Diversonomics | Episode 1 - Why your firm needs a diversity & inclusion initiative

Roberto Aburto, Sarah Willis

Podcast November 9, 2016

Not by choice: Cost recovery and interest pursuant to Ontario’s Expropriations Act

Jason Mercier, Roberto Aburto

Article April 14, 2016

The Expropriations Act: The indemnity principle and costs

Jason Mercier, Roberto Aburto

Article April 14, 2016

Case comment: R. Jordan Greenhouses Ltd. v. Grimsby (Town), [2015] O.M.B.D. No. 95, 2015 CarswellOnt

Multiple Authors

Article December 1, 2015

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

Michael S. Polowin, Roberto Aburto

Article June 1, 2015

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Roberto Aburto

Roberto practises municipal law and civil litigation, with a focus on real estate disputes, la...

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Client Work

Expropriation

Roberto frequently acts for both land and business owners as well as expropriating authorities. This practice involves consideration of working within the process relating to infrastructure projects and working towards win-win solutions for all parties in expropriation matters.

Land Use Planning

Roberto works regularly on various land use planning matters throughout the development process, including minor variances, severance consent applications, site plan applications, plans of subdivision, development charge appeals, zoning by-law and official plan amendments. Roberto has acted for developers as well as municipalities.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Roberto works on a variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including trade secret matters, breaches of fiduciary duties and confidentiality as well as other matters where e-discovery is required. Roberto has overseen the review of cases where more than 100,000 documents have been managed. Roberto finds innovative solutions for approaching these cases in an efficient manner, both from a cost and time perspective.

Counsel on numerous Planning Act and Development Charges Act cases including:

  • ClubLink Corporation ULC v Oakville (Town), 2017 CanLII 29557 (ON OMB) (CanLII) – Successfully defended validity of interim control by-law as counsel for the municipality
  • Counsel for one of the developers in the first case to interpret the new Growth Plan as it applied to the new Region of Waterloo Official Plan, resulting in adoption by the Ontario Municipal Board of the landowners land budget providing an @ 1,000 ha expansion for the region’s urban area.
  • Dolan v. Ottawa (City), 2016 CanLII 10078 (ON OMB) – Successfully represented developer on motion to direct municipality to complete proper five year official plan process, where municipality had failed to do so.
  • Marjerrison v. Ottawa (City), 2015 CarswellOnt 15583 (OMB) – Successfully represented developer in challenging development charges and holding provision, and achieving award of $4 million from municipality.

Counsel on numerous expropriation arbitration hearings under the Expropriations Act, including a number of leading cases:

  • R. Jordan Greenhouses Limited v. Town of Grimsby, [2015] O.M.B.D. No. 95 –- Counsel for Successful Claimant in a leading case obtaining injurious affection under the Expropriations Act in a “no land taken” case.
  • 1353837 Ontario Inc. v. Stratford (City), 2013 CarswellOnt 8648 (OMB) – Counsel for the claimant on a number of leading decisions under the Expropriations Act.
  • Marsdin et al v. Hamilton (City), 2013 CarswellOnt 10709 (OMB) – Successful counsel for the City on a leading case relating to costs under the Expropriations Act.

Counsel on complex commercial litigation matters, in particular relating to real estate disputes, including:

  • Millerson Group Inc. v Huntington Properties Ottawa Inc., 2016 ONSC 6106 (CanLII) – As lead counsel, in two week trial fully successful in disproving allegations of fraud, and upholding the validity of a settlement agreement.
  • Millerson Group Inc. v Huntington Properties Ottawa Inc., 2017 ONSC 3794 (CanLII) – As lead counsel, awarded costs totalling over $172,000.00 following successful two week trial in the Superior Court.

 

 

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