Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Michael Polowin

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Practice Areas

Michael Polowin is one of Ontario's leading lawyers in municipal and real property law. An Ottawa-based Gowling WLG partner with more than 30 years' experience, he provides strategic advice and representation in the areas of development, municipal and planning law, and commercial real property, through the full spectrum of the acquisition, financing and development process. Development in 2019 and 2020 is difficult. Cities are intrusive. Michael can make the process move much more smoothly. He has acted for some of the largest developers in Canada and has been involved in developments across Ontario, appearing in Court and at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. Michael also has extensive experience in development-related negotiation and agreements, including subdivision, cost-sharing agreements and expropriation matters. Michael has also acted extensively on real estate and land use issues for companies in the burgeoning cannabis industry.


Ontario Bar, 1985.

Professional Memberships

He is a member of the Ottawa chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association, as a member of the Government Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association, as a member of the Builder-Developer Council.