Frank J. Sperduti  


Executive Summary

Frank Sperduti is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Frank practises civil litigation and administrative law, with emphasis on expropriations, planning, environmental law, commercial litigation and regulatory prosecutions. Frank has acted as counsel in civil proceedings before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada, regulatory and quasi-criminal proceedings and appeals before the Ontario Provincial Court, as well as planning and expropriation proceedings before the Ontario Municipal Board, the Board of Negotiations, local Municipal Committees, Inquiry Officers, private mediators and arbitrators.

Frank is past President of the Ontario Expropriation Association, and has acted for landowners and property acquisition authorities in land compensation claims involving urban renewal projects, highway acquisitions and widenings, and municipal improvement projects across Ontario.

Frank also routinely lectures and teaches expropriation law and process to groups ranging from professional appraisers to international delegates.

Representative Work

  • Acting for landowners impacted by the Highway 407 East, the extension of Highway 404, the widening and realignment of Highway 7, the Sheppard Avenue LRT, and other large and small scale infrastructure projects in Ontario.
  • Acting for expropriating authorities to provide strategic advice and representation at negotiations and compensation proceedings in large scale infrastructure projects (LRT/BRT, Metrolinx) involving multiple property acquisitions in York and Halton Regions, Windsor, Ottawa, and Toronto.
  • Acting as litigation counsel in a wide variety of civil disputes, including partnership disputes, partition and sale proceedings, insurance disputes, and contentious planning and land development applications.

Publications & Presentations

  • Contributing Author, New Law of Expropriation, Carswell, 1998-present (a leading text).
  • Co-Author, "Environmental Remediation Costs: The Legal Perspective for Appraisers," Presented to the Appraisal Institute of Canada, June 2012.
  • Co-Author, "The Impact of Environmental Contamination in Expropriation Compensation Claims,"  Presented to the Ontario Association of Municipal Real Estate Administrators (OAMREA), May 2012.
  • Speaker, "Advanced Concepts in Expropriation," International Right of Way Association, March 2012.
  • CCo-Author, "Perils of Proving Injurious Affection," Ontario Expropriation Newsletter, March 2012.
  • Author, "Pre-Expropriation Negotiations: What to Expect and How to Respond," March 2012.
  • Author, "The Compensation Process and What to Expect," BLG Blog, March 2012.
  • Author, "Expropriation Compensation and Costs," February 2012.
  • Speaker, "Green Belts and Ring Roads: Land Use Planning or Down-Zoning for Infrastructure Development," Alberta Expropriation Association, October 2009.
  • Speaker, "Piercing the Corporate Veil: Avoiding Personal Liabilities for Appraisers," Appraisal Institute of Canada, June 2009.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • ​Recognized in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Expropriation Law)