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Leonard D. Rodness

Tel: 416 777 5409  Fax: 1 888 587 9139

Len is the Chair of our Commercial Real Estate Group. His commercial real estate practice spans a broad spectrum of real estate matters from development to secured lending to leasing to cost-sharing. Len’s clients benefit from his wide ranging depth of knowledge and experience: he knows how the other side thinks, and the best way to act or react.

His experience in coordinating a legal team, smoothly conducting all due diligence matters, including title and off-title searches, lease reviews, zoning, development potential reviews and environmental and other property-related concerns, gives his clients the confidence necessary to make business decisions based on his advice.

Len represents some of Canada’s most prominent developers and owners of regional shopping centres, as well as developers and owners of commercial, industrial and residential properties, and for borrowers and institutional and private lenders in secured lending transactions. Len also acts for both landlords and tenants in commercial and residential leasing matters.

Len has developed a particular expertise in dealing with the issues arising from multiple ownership of a property, including severances of properties, reciprocal operating agreements, cross-easements, restrictive covenants and cost-sharing matters.

Working extensively with other members of the Commercial Real Estate Group, Len has also developed special expertise in drafting and reviewing cost-sharing agreements relating to the development of residential subdivisions and commercial developments. These cost-sharing agreements allocate among several developers the costs of providing lands to municipalities for community purposes (such as for parks) and of installation of services such as sanitary and storm sewers to the benefit of all.

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada© - Real Estate Law (2013 — present)
  • Reviewing Parcel Registers

    Ontario Bar Association, Construction Law Section

  • Preparing for the Interview

    Ontario Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division

  • Co-Tenancy Clauses in Leases

    Breakfast Roundtable, ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference

  • Rooftop and Other Telecom Lease Issues

    Breakfast Roundtable Co-Leader, ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference

  • Early Access Agreements

    Breakfast Roundtable Co-Leader, ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference

  • Planning Issues for Ethanol Refiners

    Ethanol Producer Magazine, April/May 2008, BBI International Media

  • Collateral Security Bits and Bites

    The Law Society of Upper Canada, Commercial Mortgage Transactions: Complex Issues in Documentation and Due Diligence

  • Let’s Live Together—Reciprocal Operating Agreements and Cost-sharing Agreements

    Breakfast Roundtable Co-Leader, ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference

  • Reciprocal Rights of Way

    Ontario Association of Committees of Adjustment Annual Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario

  • What’s Fair is Fair: Understanding Cost-sharing and Reciprocal Operating Agreements

    The Law Society of Upper Canada, Second Annual Real Estate Law Summit

  • BILD (Building Industry and Land Development Association)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centres)
  • Director, Pavilion Project, a non-profit organization which will commission an annual architectural design competition to build a temporary structure in Toronto which expands the limits of design
  • Co-chair, Magna Carta Canada, a non-profit organization bringing an original copy of the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest to Canada for a four city tour in 2015. Visit Magna Carta Canada's website at, and follow Magna Carta Canada on Twitter - @MagnaCartaCAN
  • Co-chair 2008-2009, HeartBeat Invitational, a parent-child charity golf tournament which raised more than $30,000 for North York General Hospital Foundation, The Heart and Stroke Foundation and Rehab Toronto


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  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1988


  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1986