Jacob Polowin Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2016 - Ontario

Primary office:  Ottawa

Jacob Polowin

Jacob is a lawyer in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, with a broad municipal law and civil litigation practice. As a member of Gowling WLG's national Municipal Law Group and national Expropriation Law Group, he regularly represents clients in a variety of areas, including:

  • Land use planning matters
  • Development disputes
  • Real estate disputes
  • Expropriation
  • Interpretation of municipal by-laws
  • Municipal conflicts of interest
  • Information and privacy matters

Jacob has represented all sides of the development industry, including developers, municipalities, and community organizations. He has also acted on land use planning issues for companies in the burgeoning cannabis industry.

He frequently engages and works with experts in the fields of land use planning, economics, traffic engineering, architecture, heritage, environmental consulting, real estate appraisal, business loss quantification and business valuation.

His experience includes routinely appearing before the Ontario Land Tribunal (formerly the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and before that, the Ontario Municipal Board). He has also appeared before all levels of Courts in Ontario.

Jacob is a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, teaching Municipal and Planning Law. He is also the Vice President and Legal Advisor of the Board of Directors of the Tamir Foundation, a charitable organization providing a wide range of services to people with developmental disabilities.

He is also a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the County of Carleton Law Association, and the Ontario Expropriation Association.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2016

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      J.S.D. Tory Research and Writing Award
    • Education
      Osgoode Hall Law School, JD
  • 2012

    • Education
      Queen's University, Bachelor of Arts - History (Honours)