J. Pitman Patterson  


Executive Summary

Pitman Patterson is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. His practice is focused mainly on administrative law, with an emphasis on planning and development law, expropriation law, and general municipal law. Pitman appears frequently at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT; formerly the Ontario Municipal Board) in planning and expropriation cases. He also has experience in environmental and real estate civil litigation. Pitman is the National Practice Group Leader of the Environmental, Municipal, Expropriation and Regulatory Practice Group.

Representative Work

  • Serves as counsel in proceedings before the LPAT, Joint Board, all levels of Ontario's court, and mediators and arbitrators.
  • Represents private sector clients (developers, pension funds, industry) in a diverse range of planning matters and development charge matters throughout Ontario, including management of development applications; submissions to municipalities and filing appeals; assembling consultant teams; negotiations, presentations and mediations; and committee of adjustment appearances, LPAT hearings and cost sharing arbitrations.
  • Acts for public sector clients, including local and upper tier municipalities, school boards and hospitals, in planning matters throughout southern Ontario. For municipalities, cases typically involve higher level policy approvals and site-specific development disputes at the LPAT; for school boards and hospitals, most cases involve capital facility development approvals, policy planning or site protection.
  • Prepares all forms of development agreements, including cost sharing, subdivision, site plan, pre-servicing and front-ending agreements, and unique forms of development agreements such as subway entrance connection agreements.
  • Provides expropriation process and litigation services to expropriating authorities, typically municipalities and school boards. Sample municipal projects include local and regional transit, road and bridge projects; sanitary and water service infrastructure; and special projects and major assemblies such as Ataratiri, Yonge/Dundas Regeneration and Windsor urban renewal projects.
  • Acts for landowners in expropriation claims against the Province, typically in relation to Highways 407, 407 East, 400, 404, 427 and other Provincial highways.
  • Provides legal opinions under the Municipal Act, 2001 and other legislation governing municipal authority and action, particularly related to servicing and financing.

Publications & Presentations

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers Canada – Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Ontario)).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition (and since 2014) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Expropriation Law, Municipal Law, and Real Estate Law). Recognized in the 2020 edition as Lawyer of the Year (Expropriation Law).
  • Recognized in 2019 edition (and since 2016) of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Future Star".
  • Recognized in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Property Development).
  • Member, Lambda Alpha International – Simcoe (Toronto) Chapter.