Isaac Tang

Isaac Tang  

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

Isaac Tang is a senior associate in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He practices exclusively in the area of administrative law and civil litigation, with an emphasis on land use planning and development, municipal law, real estate and expropriation.

Isaac represents both municipalities and private landowners. He provides strategic planning and municipal law advice to municipalities of all sizes on a wide range of matters including growth management, natural heritage, agriculture, transportation and aggregate resources and regularly defends their interests before the Ontario Municipal Board. Isaac has also successfully secured or opposed planning approvals for a range of public and private sector clients including school boards, developers, businesses and individual homeowners and provides advice on municipal law issues including licensing, development charges, Building Code compliance and other matters.

Isaac is an Executive Member of the Municipal Law Section at the Ontario Bar Association and has been a guest lecturer for the Community Planning course at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is a frequent contributor on municipal and planning law matters for various publications including BLG newsletters and bulletins, the Ontario Bar Association newsletter, Novae Rae Urbis and The Lawyers Weekly.

While attending law school, Isaac served as the President of the Students' Law Society and a division leader at Downtown Legal Services, a community legal clinic in Toronto. Upon graduation, he received the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, the John Willis Award and the Gina Caldarelli Memorial Prize for School Spirit.

Representative Work

  • Representing public sector clients in a broad range of planning policy and land use development matters, including both upper-tier and lower-tier municipalities in defending numerous appeals to their five-year official plan reviews and official plan amendments.
  • Representing private sector clients in obtaining various planning approvals including official plan amendments, zoning by-law amendments, site plan approvals and plan of subdivision and condominium approvals, from the initial submission of development applications and negotiations with municipal staff to preparing for mediations and hearings at the Ontario Municipal Board.
  • Representing expropriating authorities and private landowners in land acquisition disputes at the Board of Negotiation and Ontario Municipal Board.
  • Representing professional liability insurers in matters involving real estate transactions and disputes, including claims involving excess insurers.
  • Acting as counsel in various proceedings before the Ontario Municipal Board, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Divisional Court involving land use development, land acquisition and building permit disputes.

Publications & Presentations