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Practice Areas

Chris practices in the areas of administrative and regulatory law, with a focus on municipal and planning advice and environmental approvals. He specializes in providing clients in both the public and private sectors with strategic advice on coordinating and addressing the various levels of approvals required for complex projects. Chris advises clients on a broad range of matters, including heritage issues, growth management issues, cultural heritage, parkland dedication/valuations, employment land and aggregate resource policies, as well as ward boundary reviews. He is a regular speaker at continuing legal education events, and has provided annual case law updates to the Ontario Bar Association for over 15 years.


Chris articled at Genest Murray DesBrisay Lamek, and was an associate there from 1996-2000, when he joined what was then Davis & Company, which merged with DLA Piper in 2015. He was made a partner in 2003, and continued his practice there until joining Osler Hoskin Harcourt LLP in 2018.

Professional Memberships

Ontario Bar Association, Advocates Society


Presenter, Municipal Law, Episode 4 Lawyered Podcast, April 1, 2015.


Osgoode Hall, York University, LL.B.

Chair of the Board of Directors of Interprovincial Music Camp