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Johanna R. Shapira | Partner

Johanna is a partner with the firm.  She has experience in a broad range of land development approvals, including official plan and rezoning approvals, subdivision approvals, severance approvals, minor variance approvals and green energy approvals, including review/appeal matters.  

Johanna has significant experience in the preparation of approval applications, including working with multi-disciplinary teams of consultants to ensure the most effective application possible.  As a team member, she also liaises with municipal staff, assists with and makes representations before municipal committees and councils, and provides general strategic advice.

Johanna’s approvals experience also situates her to provide real estate and litigation support.  

Johanna has appeared before municipal committees and councils, the Ontario Municipal Board, amongst other administrative tribunals, and the Ontario Superior Court.  She has delivered lectures on land use approvals in Ontario.

Prior to joining Wood Bull LLP, Johanna practiced commercial and civil litigation at another downtown Toronto firm.  Johanna brings her litigation experience to her municipal and land use practice at the firm. 

  • Member of the OBA Executive, Municipal Section (2011, 2012)
  • Recent Speaking Engagement:
    • “Municipal Law: Practice Primers and Contemporary Developments – Recent Developments in Planning and Development Law” (February 2013)

    Awards and Honours

    Past Positions

    Professional Affiliations

    • Member, Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) - Municipal Law Section and Environmental Law Section
    • Member, The Advocates' Society

    Areas of Expertise

    Bar Admissions

    Ontario, 2004

    Education

    • University of Toronto, J.D.
    • McGill University, B.A.
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