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:

Rahul Shastri
Rahul Shastri J.D, B.Comm.
Telephone: (416) 368-2100 ext. 223
Direct Fax: (416) 324-4200
David Winer
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:

Bruce L. Desmond
Bruce L. DesmondM.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.


KAGAN SHASTRI LLP. gets results for our municipal law and development clients through hard work and an in-depth understanding of the complex field of municipal law. Staying on top of the ever changing land use approval process is essential to giving our clients the best chance for success.

KAGAN SHASTRI LLP. is consistently ranked in the top 5 municipal law firm in the Greater Toronto Area by Novae Res Urbis. This reputation is hard-earned every year as each year’s ranking is based on the firm’s work over the past 12 months.

KAGAN SHASTRI LLP. has extensive experience representing both public and private sector clients in areas of Municipal, Land Use Planning, Expropriation, Environmental, Litigation and Real Estate Law.

Our client’s goals are our goals. We work harder than others to achieve the best results, as quickly as possible, at the lowest cost but always with integrity so that our representation reflects positively booth our client’s and our own reputation.

The municipal law section is comprised of three lawyers, offering our clients a range of experience and expertise. This allows the client and the firm to tailor the legal services best suited to the situation.

Ira T. Kagan, Founding Partner, has been practicing municipal law since 1990. In 2017 he was included
in the 2018 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. His clients are many of the best known and most active developers in Ontario. He is fortunate to often being involved in some of the leading development cases in Ontario.

Paul De Melo, Partner, has been practicing municipal law since 1995. Well respected by all sides, his client base is balanced between developers and the public sector.

The firm has demonstrated experience in the following areas:

1. All aspects of the land use and development process including Official Plans and Zoning By-laws (including applications to amend same), Plans of Subdivision, Minor Variances, Severances, Site Plan, Development Permits;

2. Development Charges, Section 37 bonusing and Parkland Dedication;

3. Expropriations;

4. Drafting of a wide range of agreements required as part of the land use approval process;

5. Mediation and negotiations to avoid otherwise costly and lengthy disputes at the Ontario Municipal Board and the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal;

6. Leading full cases at the Ontario Municipal Board, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and all levels of court in Ontario.