What Every Real Estate Lawyer Should Know - Part V

What Every Real Estate Lawyer Should Know - Part V

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Doug Bourassa
Ray Leclair
Jeffrey Lem
Reuben Rosenblatt
Tannis Waugh
Zahra Ziaie
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
125 minutes
$139.00 plus tax
What Every Real Estate Lawyer Should Know
Includes Handouts

Real Estate continues to attract the most negligence claims.  Our nutshell, now in its fifth year, presents practical, technical and professionalism advice from experts in the field.

Zahra Ziaie - "When Good Fences Don’t Make Good Neighbours"

Easements, fences and bad behaviour between neighbours: how to advise your client

Jeffrey Lem - "A Lot from the DOT”

LRO updates and more from the Director of Titles

Raymond Leclair - “Avoiding Real Estate Claims” 

Claims, tips to avoid real estate claims and other important information

Rueben Rosenblatt - “50 Years of Lessons from the Practice of Real Estate”

Avoiding solicitors negligence in the practice of real estate


Doug Bourassa

Doug BourassaActing on behalf of both institutional and private lenders, Doug’s practice focuses primarily on real estate litigation with an emphasis on secured creditor recovery and real estate fraud. He is highly regarded by clients and colleagues alike for his expertise in mortgage remedies.

Doug was called to the Bar in 2005 after completing his law degree at the University of Western Ontario. Throughout his career he has maintained a strong focus on the area of mortgage enforcement. Not only is he a sought-after speaker on the topic, most notably at the Annual Real Estate Law Summit, he has also authored numerous articles and papers on a variety of issues related to mortgage enforcement.

Outside of the office, Doug makes it a practice to give back to the community. In 2008, for example, he received the Volunteer of the Year award from the Ontario Lawyers Assistance Program. He is also a past member of the board of directors of Renascent, one of Ontario’s largest addiction treatment facilities.

Ray Leclair

Ray LeclairRay Leclair joined Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) in June of 2008 in the role of Vice President, TitlePLUS, and as of May, 2012 became Vice President, Public Affairs. Formerly General Counsel for the Kanata Research Park Corporation, a development company and major commercial landlord in Ottawa, Ray has practised in both major national law firms and as a sole practitioner, and was a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa Law School and Cité Collégiale instructing the French language portion of the real estate law course. He also served for 15 years as the Ottawa senior instructor for the French and English Real Estate Sections of the Bar Admission Course and member of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Solicitor Advisory Group, Licensing Process. Called to the bar in 1984, Ray is Vice President of the North American Bar-related® Title Insurers, member of the Ontario Bar Association Council, member of CBA’s National Sections Council budget committee, Past-Chair of both the National Real Property Section of the Canadian Bar Association and of the Real Property Section of the Ontario Bar Association. He was Co-Chair, and remains a member, of the Working Group on Lawyers & Real Estate, is President of the Ontario Real Estate Lawyers Association (ORELA) and Past President of the Advisory Committee for the Cité Collégiale Legal Assistants Program. Ray is fully bilingual and is a member of, and frequent speaker for, l’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario, as well as a frequent presenter in numerous programs on various real estate and other law related topics.

Director of Titles Jeffrey Lem

Jeffrey LemJeffrey W. Lem is the Director of Titles for the Province of Ontario. In that capacity, he has responsibility for the Land Titles Act, the Registry Act, the Boundaries Act, the Land Registration Reform Act, as well as portions of other legislation relating to the almost 6.5 million parcels of land in the Province.

Jeffrey also serves the broader legal community as a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, where he was the vice-chair of the Professional Development and Competence Committee, and currently sits on the Proceedings Authorization Committee, the Real Estate Working Group, and the Alternative Business Structures Task Force.

Jeffrey is certified as a Specialist in Real Estate Law by The Law Society of Upper Canada and is the proud recipient of the Ontario Bar Association's Award for Excellence in Real Estate, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Toronto Lawyers Association’s Honsberger Award for Dedication to the Profession. He has also received Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating (AV®), and has been recognized in the real estate field in The Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory, The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Global Guide, and The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers.

Jeffrey is currently an editor-in-chief of the Real Property Reports (and, before that, an associate editor of the Digest of Real Property Law). He is also the author of the real estate law and expropriation law volumes of Halsbury's Laws of Canada, the legal editor for Building Magazine, and a real estate law columnist for Law Times and Lawyers Weekly. He was the first Canadian member ever elected to the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, and is a former long-standing member of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Section of the Ontario Bar Association. Jeffrey and has written widely for various journals and magazines, including the Real Property Reports, Municipal World, Building Magazine, Toronto Real Estate News, Digest of Real Property Law and Digest of Municipal and Planning Law. Jeffrey was an instructor in the real property section of the Bar Admission Course for Ontario and the Director of the LL.M. Program for Real Estate Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, and currently lectures on real estate law at the Bora Laskin Law School at Lakehead University. Jeffrey is also a past president of the Association of Chinese Canadian Lawyers of Ontario, and speaks regularly for various continuing legal education organizations.

Jeffrey has a B.Comm, UofT (1984), a J.D., Osgoode Hall (1987), and an LL.M. Osgoode Hall (2002). He was called to the bar in Ontario in 1989 and has been a solicitor on the rolls in England and Wales since 2000. Before joining the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Jeffrey practiced real estate law as a partner in Toronto law firms.

Reuben Rosenblatt

Reuben RosenblattReuben is the Chair and a senior member of the Real Estate Group. His practice focuses on complex real estate issues.

While continuing to maintain his practice of law, Reuben has become a desired arbitrator and mediator of commercial disputes including real estate, leases, condominium, and insurance issues. He has been designated with an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell for legal expertise and professional reputation, is a "Repeatedly Recommended" lawyer in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, and has been listed in the Best Lawyers in Canada since 2006.

Reuben is a frequent lecturer on real estate-related issues at professional institutes, legal associations, and universities. He has been an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School since 1977 teaching the Real Estate Transactions Course.

Reuben was awarded the 2007 Law Society Medal by the Law Society of Upper Canada, which recognizes outstanding Ontario lawyers whose service reflects the highest ideals of the profession. He was the first recipient of the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Real Estate in January 1996. Reuben has also received the Gold Key Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Along with being one of the pre-eminent real estate lawyers in Canada, Reuben has also written two children’s books and regularly does readings at schools in southern Ontario.

Tannis A. Waugh is a graduate of Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. She is the recipient of the 2002 Stikeman Elliott/Carswell National Tax Award.

Tannis Waugh

Tannis WaughTannis was called to the bar in 2003 and practices in the areas of real estate, corporate/commercial, and estate planning. She practiced in a boutique firm in Toronto for three years before becoming a sole practitioner.

As a former Trustee for the Toronto Lawyers Association, Tannis has been involved in advocacy and education initiatives, most notably the moderator and presenter of continuing education programmes and writer of articles for the TLA journal.

She is also a member of the Condominium Sub-documents Committee of the Working Group on Lawyers and Real Estate which is responsible for producing province-wide precedent materials for condominium transactions.

Tannis is a frequent presenter for continuing legal education programmes and, in the past, has spoken on the issue of real estate, estates and ethics for the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Toronto Lawyers Association.

Zahra Ziaie

Zahra ZiaieZahra practices in Real Estate and Municipal, Land Use and Development law.

She is retained on the purchase and sale of all classes of properties, municipal approvals, land use controls, and the development of real estate, including associated financing and leasing issues.


University of Oxford, BCL (First Class)

University of Toronto, JD, BA (Hons.)

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