Paul M. DeMelo, B.A., LL.B.

Paul M. DeMeloTelephone: (416) 368-2100 ext. 228
Direct Fax: (416) 324-4203

Called to the Bar in 1995. Partner with the law firm of Kagan Shastri. As a former Legal Counsel with one of Canada’s largest municipalities, his practice focuses on all aspects of municipal and land use and planning law, including expropriations, development charges, aggregate licensing and the defence of By-laws.

Paul represents a wide range of clients in both the private and public sector, including many municipalities, conservation authorities, developer groups and private landowners within the GTA, and throughout Southern Ontario. Paul regularly appears as counsel before administrative tribunals and the courts including Ontario Municipal Board, and all levels of court in Ontario including the Divisional Court and Court of Appeal, representing both his public sector and private sector clients. Paul is a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, as well as the International Municipal Lawyers Association and has presented numerous papers on various topics for both the Municipal Bar Association as well as the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

Paul is a former Vice-President and Secretary of the Federation of Canadian Portuguese Business and Professionals and continues to work with the organization and other groups to promote the importance of higher education amongst our youth. Paul has also served as the Chair of Halton District Catholic School Board Boundary Review Committee.

Paul is married to his wife Sheila and together they have three children.

Bruce L. Desmond, M.A., J.D.

Bruce DesmondTelephone: (416) 368-2100 ext. 238
Direct Fax: (416) 324-4201

Bruce’s approach to law is as responsive to his clients’ emerging business challenges as his work ethic and commitment to clients are time-tested and true. “A business’s strength has to do with the people behind it, he says. “Often the key role of legal counsel is to provide flexible support between the structure of a business and its creative talent, to permit it remain stable in the face of fluctuations in the economy. Sometimes this entails a profound understanding of the legal climate, and other times just plain street smarts.”

When he joined the firm in 2005, Bruce brought with him the skills and experience of having practiced for 17 years with a larger Bay Street law firm.

His diverse business law practice is thriving, sharpened by his appetite to help entrepreneurs achieve their goals on time and on budget.

Recent transactions in which he has been involved include industrial and commercial acquisitions and dispositions, subdivision of land, commercial leasing, residential real estate; negotiation and structuring of business transactions, including corporate acquisitions, dispositions, restructurings and reorganizations.

He has taught Business Law and Real Estate Law in the Law Society’s Bar Admission Course; The Law of Information Technology at the University of Waterloo; and Computers in the Practice of Law with the Law Society’s Continuing Education Department.

His expertise is valued by clients, colleagues and students.

Sports occupy a large part of his heart. A past director and officer of a number of competitive speed-skating clubs, he has competed and medaled at the provincial and national and competed at the international level.

Alexandra De Gasperis B.A., LL.B.

Alexandra De GasperisTelephone: (416) 368-2100 ext. 274
Direct Fax: (416) 324-4207

Alexandra is an associate at Kagan Shastri LLP practising in the areas of land use planning, development, and municipal law as well as commercial litigation. Alexandra joined Kagan Shastri in 2012 as a summer student and completed her articles with the firm prior to being called to the bar in 2015.

Alexandra has appeared before various courts and tribunals, including: the Ontario Municipal Board; the Ontario Superior Court of Justice; the Ontario Divisional Court; and the Ontario Small Claims Court.
Alexandra obtained her LL.B. from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Prior to studying law, Alexandra received an Honours degree in the Business Management and Organizational Studies program at the University of Western Ontario.

Alexandra is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). Alexandra is also Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Burgundy Brick Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that supports affordable housing initiatives in Toronto and the GTA through Habitat for Humanity as well as youth homeless shelters across the City.

Ira T. Kagan, J.D., B.Sc.

Ira T. KaganTelephone: (416) 368-2100 ext. 226
Direct Fax: (416) 324-4224

Ira T. Kagan is one of the founding partners of Kagan Shastri LLP. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1990, his practice has focused on land use planning and municipal law. He appears regularly before the Ontario Municipal Board and all levels of courts in Ontario, representing both private and public sector clients. His list of private sector clients includes many of the leading developers and builders in Ontario for both residential and non-residential developments. His list of public sector clients includes both local and regional municipalities as well as conservation authorities. He practices regularly in Greater Toronto Area but has clients all over Ontario (Windsor to Ottawa to Sault Ste. Marie). His practice includes all aspects of land use planning from applications to negotiations to mediations and appeals (both at the Ontario Municipal Board and the courts). He has worked on Official Plan amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments, Site Plan Approval, Plans of Subdivision, Severances and Minor Variances, Development Charge appeals, Building Code Act appeals, expropriations, and all manners of court challenges to municipal council actions and by-laws.

Ira T. Kagan has been involved in many of the leading land use planning cases in the Ontario including those which implement the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, the Greenbelt Plan and the Growth Plan. He is often retained and consulted on cases dealing specifically with these provincial planning regimes.

Ira T. Kagan presents often at continuing legal education and industry conferences on a variety of municipal law and land use planning topics, and continues to do so. He is the author of “But I do not want to be legal”, a leading article on legal non-conforming uses, which has been referred to in judicial decisions at all levels of court in Canada.

In April 2014 Ira T. Kagan was appointed to the Board of Directors of Ontario Power Generation (OPG).

Ross L. Kennedy, B.Comm. LL.B.

Ross KennedyTelephone: (416) 368-2100 ext. 236
Direct Fax: (416) 324-4204

Ross is a senior member of the Bar, having been called to the Bar in 1962. He has a wealth of experience in the areas of real estate, corporate, commercial and estates. Ross spent a good part of his career at one of Canada’s premier law firms as a senior partner. Ross was not ready to hang up his robes and in 2001 joined Kagan Shastri to continue his practice in the areas of commercial real estate, leasing, secured lending, estate, and labour law.

Ross frequently acts as a consensually appointed, independent arbitrator in labour and commercial disputes and as a privately appointed mediator in commercial litigation disputes. He has also acted on behalf of owner or co-owner with respect to site acquisitions, development and construction of major projects in the Greater Toronto Area. Ross remains active in the field of labour relations as a Mediator, Single Arbitrator and Chair of Arbitration Boards in both rights and interest disputes in the Public, Private and Educational sectors.

Ross is a member of both the National Academy of Arbitrators and Arbitration Facilitators Group Inc. Previous appointments have included Vice-Chair, Ontario Crown Employees Grievance Settlement Board; Chair, Ontario Provincial Police Grievance Board; Vice-President, Ontario Labour Management Arbitrators Association; honorary Governor, Corporation of Massey and Roy Thomson Hall.

We are fortunate to have Ross on our team as he generously shares his vast experience and legal insights with us.

Rahul Shastri, J.D., B.Comm.

Rahul ShastriTelephone: (416) 368-2100 ext. 223
Direct Fax: (416) 324-4200

Rahul is the Managing Partner at Kagan Shastri LLP. He has been called to the Bar in Ontario (1992), Michigan (1991) and Georgia (1992) and is a member of the Advocates Society and the Canadian Bar Association.

Rahul has represented a wide array of clients in mandates involving real estate (including damages arising from aborted agreements, equitable remedies, easements, adverse possession claims and the interpretation of the Municipal Tax Sales Act), construction (lien, deficiency and delay issues), commercial leasing and general commercial litigation (including contractual disputes and shareholder rights and remedies). Rahul has authored articles and lectured on matters of interest to the Bar and has previously been an instructor in the Bar Admissions program in the area of civil litigation.

Rahul is currently a Governor at the Holy Trinity School (Richmond Hill, Ontario) and the past National Convenor of the Canada India Foundation.

In 2012, Rahul was award the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canada.

David Winer, B.A., J.D.

David WinerTelephone: (416) 368-2100 ext. 225
Direct Fax: (416) 324-4202

David Winer is a partner at Kagan Shastri LLP. David’s practice is focused on commercial litigation. He has appeared before various tribunals and all levels of courts in Ontario, representing a wide variety of clients.
David spent the first four years of his practice at a well-regarded, mid-sized, firm specializing in insolvency related litigation (and primarily the enforcement of secured and unsecured debt for large institutional clients). David joined Kagan Shastri LLP in 2001 and became a partner in 2006. Since joining Kagan Shastri LLP, David’s practice has expanded to include a wide variety of civil and commercial litigation including the following areas: collections; construction lien litigation; employment and wrongful dismissal cases (acting for both employers and employees); commercial tenancy disputes (acting for both landlords and tenants); real estate transaction disputes; boundary disputes (including easement and adverse possession claims); shareholder disputes; oppression remedy applications; enforcement of foreign judgments; estate litigation (including contested wills, intestacies and claims for constructive or resulting trusts). In addition, David has acted for a number of bars and restaurants appearing before the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario on Public Interest and Disciplinary Hearings. For a list of reported and unreported cases in which David has acted, please click here.

David has been quoted by various newspapers concerning cases in which he was involved. For access to those articles, click here.
David, together with fellow partner Rahul Shastri, argued one of the leading cases dealing with injunctive relief in Ontario: Canpark Services Ltd. v. Imperial Parking Canada Corp. (2001), 56 O.R. (3d) 102, [2001] O.J. 3915, 108 A.C.W.S. (3rd) 636) (S.C.J.).

David was an instructor at the Law Society Bar Admissions Course for the Civil Litigation section from 2005-2007.

David is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and the Advocates Society.  He was the Loan Co-Chair for a community based, charitable, micro-lending organization.


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