Michael S. Polowin Partner Leader of National Municipal Law Group


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1985 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0158

Fax: +1 613-788-3485

Email: michael.polowin@gowlingwlg.com

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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, and is the co-author of Manual for Elected Municipal Officials - Ontario, a comprehensive reference tool for municipal council members to consult when issues arise in the course of their duties.

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 also a member of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association, serving as a member of the Builder-Developer Council.

He is active in the community, sitting on the Boards of a number of charitable organizations and acting as a fundraiser for others. Michael is now the President of the Ottawa Jewish Community School, and Vice-Chair of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. For 10 years, he was the Chair of the Board of Directors for Camp B'nai Brith of Ottawa, and was the Chair of the Annual Fundraising Campaign for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa for 2016 and 2017.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      Best Lawyers in Canada, Real Estate
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      Best Lawyers in Canada, Municipal Law
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      Lexpert - Property Development
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      2014
      Lexpert - Property Development
    • Rankings & Awards
      2014
      Best Lawyers in Canada, Municipal Law
    • Rankings & Awards
      2014
      Best Lawyers in Canada, Real Estate
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      2013
      Best Lawyers in Canada, Real Estate
    • Rankings & Awards
      2013
      Best Lawyers in Canada, Municipal Law
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      February2012
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      2012
      Best Lawyers in Canada, Municipal Law
    • Rankings & Awards
      2012
      Best Lawyers in Canada, Real Estate
  • 2011

    • Rankings & Awards
      February2011
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2011
    • Rankings & Awards
      2011
      Best Lawyers in Canada, Real Estate
    • Rankings & Awards
      2011
      Best Lawyers in Canada, Municipal Law
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
      February2010
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2010
    • Rankings & Awards
      2010
      Best Lawyers in Canada, Real Estate
    • Rankings & Awards
      2010
      Best Lawyers in Canada, Municipal Law
  • 1985

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1985
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1983

    • Education
      1983
      Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB
  • 1980

    • Education
      1980
      University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Social Science

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centres
  • Lambda Alpha International, the Honorary Society for the Advancement of Land
  • Ontario Bar Association's Real Property Section and Municipal Law Section

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