Kagan Shastri LLP was founded in 1994 and is a well-established boutique law firm located in the Yorkville area of downtown Toronto, Ontario. The firm focuses on providing sound, practical solutions to our clients’ problems through high quality and cost effective legal services.

Areas of Practice


In our Litigation Department, we have experience prosecuting and defending a broad range of civil and commercial litigation and administrative cases including the following types of matters:

  • Employment and wrongful dismissal cases (acting for both employers and employees)
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Oppression remedy applications
  • Construction Lien Litigation (acting for owners, general contractors, sub-contractors and material suppliers)
  • Real estate litigation
  • Boundary disputes
  • Disputes concerning adverse possession and easements
  • Commercial tenancy disputes (acting for both Landlords and Tenants)
  • Debt collection and enforcement of security
  • Estate litigation (including contested wills and intestacies, claims for resulting and constructive trusts and dependant’s relief claims)
  • Solicitor’s negligence/malpractice (acting for both clients and solicitors in civil actions and disciplinary proceedings)
  • Proceedings and Hearings before various administrative tribunals
  • Personal injury
  • Enforcement of defaulted motor vehicle leases

Prior to the commencement of litigation we will strive to achieve a cost effective and practical resolution. If the matter is not capable of resolution, we will continue to canvass with each client the possibility of settlement throughout the course of litigation. Prior to the commencement of litigation, we explain to each client the litigation process, the various steps that have to be completed throughout the litigation process and an estimate of the costs to be incurred in completing each step.  If your rights need to be protected urgently prior to the commencement of proceedings (or in some cases, if events dictate during the course of proceedings), we can seek interim injunctive relief from the Court such as: a) a Mareva Order (where we would seek to freeze assets); b) a Certificate of Pending Litigation (which is registered specifically against land in which an interest is claimed); or c) an Anton Piller Order (which is akin to a civil search warrant).

Lawyers specializing in Litigation:

<p style="text-align:center"><b>Rahul Shastri</b><small>, J.D, B.Comm.</small></p>

Rahul Shastri, J.D, B.Comm.

Telephone: (416) 368-2100 ext. 223
Direct Fax: (416) 324-4200

<p style="text-align:center"><b>David Winer</b><small>, B.A., J.D</small></p>

David Winer, B.A., J.D

Telephone: (416) 368-2100 ext. 225
Direct Fax: (416) 324-4202

If you would like to set up a private consultation to discuss your matter, please contact Rahul Shastri or David Winer for further information.


We can assist with the following types of matters:

  • Purchase or sale of a commercial or residential property
  • Mortgage or refinancing (for both lenders or borrowers)
  • Lease review and negotiations
  • Incorporations
  • Partnership agreements
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Purchase or sale of a business (whether by purchase share purchase or asset purchase – acting for either purchasers or vendors)
  • Preparation and registration of security agreements
  • Preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorneys

Lawyers specializing in Corporate, Commercial, Estates and Real Estate:

<p style="text-align:center"><b>Bruce L. Desmond</b><small>, M.A., J.D.</small></p>

Bruce L. Desmond, M.A., J.D.

Telephone: (416) 368-2100 ext. 238
Direct Fax: (416) 324-4201

Please call Bruce Desmond if you would like to set up a confidential appointment to discuss your matter.


At KAGAN SHASTRI our commitment and our reputation as one of the GTA’s leading Municipal and Land Use Planning Law firms has been built on our success in working for our clients.  Our experience in representing a wide range of both public and private sector clients in matters of Municipal, Land Use Planning, Expropriation, Environmental, Litigation and Real Estate Law allows us to bring a unique perspective and understanding to the table.  We understand that the ultimate goal of our clients is to find the best solutions to their issues in the quickest and most cost-effective manner.  We strive to bring our experience, understanding and dedication to achieve a resolution that works for our clients.

The firm, and in particular Ira Kagan and Paul DeMelo have established an expertise in all aspects of Municipal and Planning Law.  In relation to the City’s identified needs with respect to the Five-year review of its Official Plan, both Ira Kagan and Paul DeMelo have demonstrated expertise and experience in the following areas:

1. In depth knowledge of an experience with the Planning Act, Provincial Policy Statement, Places to Grow Act, Ontario Municipal Board Act, including other related statutes, having represented a number of other municipalities, both local and regional on matters related to their Official Plans;

2. Extensive knowledge of current planning issues in the City of Toronto – both Ira Kagan and Paul DeMelo have worked extensively on planning applications in the City of Toronto and have worked closely with City staff in the past to resolve those matters;

3. Extensive experience in a variety of planning cases at the Ontario Municipal Board, in particular those involving general land use policy implementation and specific appeals dealing with the Growth Plan for the Golden Horsehoe– both Ira Kagan and Paul DeMelo have worked both for the public sector (including municipalities and conservation authorities) as well as private sector clients on matter related to land use policy implementaion and have appeared extensively before the Ontario Municipal Board on such matters;

4. Specific experience in drafting and reviewing official plan instruments – as noted both Ira Kagan and Paul DeMelo have worked closely with other municipal clients in the drafting, implementation and defence of official plan instruments;

5. Experience in negotiating settlements – while we are no stranger to the Ontario Municipal Board and the hearing process, it is our firm belief that our client’s interest are not fully served if we do not pursue the options which may be available for settlement and to that end have worked extensively on resolving planning applications matters through a negotiated settlement where the interests of our client are protected and best served;

6. Experience in judicial review applications – both Ira Kagan and Paul DeMelo have been involved in several application for judicial review, involving various municipalities and a broad range of issues from development charge appeals to review of decisions of the Ontario Municipal Board.