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Christopher J. Williams



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Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1980

Christopher Williams has been a partner of the firm since 1993 and he is a member of the firm's Municipal and Land Use Planning Group, as well as the Environmental and Infrastructure Teams.


Chris practises in all areas of municipal law, including land use planning and development, expropriations, environmental law, administrative law/litigation, development charges, educational development charges, user fees and charges, sign regulation, municipal finance, conflicts of interest, municipal restructuring, building code matters, property standards, bylaw prosecutions and defence, and challenges to council decisions for illegality and bad faith. He regularly appears before municipal councils and committees, the Ontario Municipal Board, the Board of Negotiation, the Assessment Review Board and all levels of courts in Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Most recently, Chris has been involved in disputes regarding the constitutionality of the municipal regulation of federal undertakings. He provides advice and representation to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Chris was Director of Planning and Development Law Division, Law Department, City of Scarborough, where he was responsible for all planning, real estate, development and expropriation matters involving the city. Upon his call to the bar, he was a solicitor with the legal branch of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Province of Ontario, dealing with a variety of municipal issues of importance to the province.

MembershipsCanadian/Ontario Bar Association
Canadian Property Tax Association
International Municipal Lawyers Association
Ontario Expropriation Association
The Advocates' Society

EducationJ.D., University of Windsor, 1978
B.A. (Hons., Summa Cum Laude), McMaster University, 1975