Isaac Tang

Isaac Tang  


Executive Summary

Isaac Tang is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He practices exclusively in the areas of administrative law and civil litigation.

Isaac represents municipalities, public agencies and private landowners on a broad range of land-related litigation matters, including land use planning appeals, expropriations and ground lease arbitrations.  He provides strategic planning and municipal law advice to municipalities of all sizes on issues including Bill 139, growth management and natural heritage and regularly defends their interests before the Ontario Municipal Board (now the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal).  

Isaac has also successfully secured or opposed complex planning approvals for a range of public and private sector clients including hospitals, school boards, developers, businesses and individual homeowners.  He regularly advises on municipal law issues including licensing, development charges, Building Code appeals and other matters.

Isaac is an Executive Member of the Ontario Bar Association (Municipal Law Section) and 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 the Law Society's Six-Minute Municipal Lawyer, 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 defending both upper-tier and lower-tier municipalities from numerous appeals to their official plan reviews and publicly-initiated 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 Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.
  • Representing expropriating authorities and private landowners in land acquisition disputes at the Board of Negotiation and Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.
  • 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 Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Divisional Court involving land use development, land acquisition and building permit disputes.

Publications & Presentations