Stephen J. D'Agostino*, Partner

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Phone: 416.868.3126

Fax: 416.868.3134

Admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1984

*Stephen Joseph D'Agostino Law Professional Corporation

Practice Highlights

Stephen’s practice is centred on municipal, planning and environmental approvals and expropriations. His portfolio includes a wide range of matters including Federal and Provincial environmental assessments, approvals related to landfills, telecommunication structures, Municipal and wide area fiber optic and wireless networks (MAN’s and WAN’s) and permissions for electric generating facilities, real estate development, compensation for land expropriations, conflict of interest, and related litigation. He regularly appears before municipal councils, tribunals (such as the Ontario Municipal Board and the Environmental Review Tribunal) and Courts on behalf of municipalities, public agencies and institutions, land developers and ratepayers’ associations.


  • Juris Doctor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Practice Areas

  • Municipal
  • Planning
  • Expropriation
  • Environmental
  • Telecommunications

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • The Canadian Bar Association - Municipal and Environmental Law Sections
  • Public Affairs Association of Canada
  • Ontario Expropriation Association


In addition to his legal training, Stephen also acted as an assistant to Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau from 1978-80 and as a consultant to Premier David R. Peterson of Ontario.



Publications and Presentations

Stephen has written articles for and lectured to the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers, The Canadian Bar Association of Ontario and The Canadian Institute on environmental and development matters and has taught Administrative Law at The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission Course.


Stephen D'Agostino, The Evolving Role of Expert Opinion Evidence in Ontario Municipal Board Proceedings, presented at The Commons Institute seminar - Municipal Law: Practice Primers & Contemporary Developments on November 30, 2012.

Stephen D'Agostino, Municipal Conflict of Interest of Acts: Considerations for Trustees, presented at Catholic School Trustee Bootcamp on November 21, 2009.



In the Media

Metrolinx expropriates Toronto family's Eglinton Ave. property
CBC News
June 2, 2015

"In a situation where you're dealing with a piece of land, for example, where the owner has moved away, where there's been neglect of the property, that sort of thing you might expect a newspaper notice," D'Agostino said. "But not when there's an active business on the property." 

Hope for businesses affected by construction to get money back - April 8, 2015

As Fords exit mayor's office, conflict probes intensify
CBC News - November 24, 2014

Does the city of Toronto have a case against Uber?
Breakfast Television - November 19, 2014

John Tory's airport dilemma: Would conflict of interest keep him out of the debate? - October 9, 2014

Don't like your councillor? Most Torontonians want recall legislation - October 7, 2014

Torontonians split on value of tax dollars – but should we pay more? - October 1, 2014

Frank Meyers' expropriated farm hosts rally third day in a row - January 14, 2014

File Fact: Expropriation rights in Canada - January 13, 2014

Demolition to begin on Frank Meyers' farm amid claims of government bullying - January 13, 2014

Elderly farmer fights for 215-yr-old land lost to feds - November 28, 2013

Video: Feds expropriate elderly farmer's family land - November 28, 2013

Video: Is Ford's power loss legal? - November 19, 2013

Mayor Rob Ford's possible legal action against council could be difficult: expert - November 15, 2013

Ford considering treatment - November 8, 2013

Video: Ford Scandal
Interview with Stephen D'Agostino at 17:44 minutes in. - November 7, 2013

Video: Legal Options for Mayor Rob Ford - November 7, 2013

Fishing trip raises question of conflict for chief, police board - November 6, 2013

Will Mayor Rob Ford's crack cocaine admission remove him from office? Probably Not. - November 5, 2013

Province, city essentially powerless to remove Ford from office
Global News - October 31, 2013

Leaked email reveals superintendent lobbied on behalf of trustee - July 8, 2013

Toronto Trustee Howard Goodman drops out of local school-boundary discussion after conflict complaint - February 28, 2013

Court costs stop citizens taking a stand, says man who took on Hazel McCallion - January 27, 2013

How Toronto Mayor Rob Ford won his appeal: An argument about 'technical jurisdiction' - January 25, 2013

Rob Ford decision: What the experts think - January 25, 2013

Conflicting reactions to law that hangs over Rob Ford - December 14, 2012

Mayor Rob Ford asks judge to keep him in office pending appeal - December 4, 2012

Province warned of 'draconian' conflict punishment: Retired judge - December 2, 2012

Mayor Vows to Fight Boot From Office
National Post - November 27, 2012

What's Next for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford?
CBC News - November 27, 2012

Questions raised about 'draconian' law that saw Toronto's mayor ousted - November 26, 2012

Cell tower decision deferred - March 22, 2012

Ford's risky business cards - November 1, 2011

Catholic school board chair removed from office for conflict of interest won’t run again - August 20, 2010

Mississauga melee nears nadir
National Post - July 17, 2010

Catholic parent not a 'straw man' in conflict case, court hears - May 14, 2010

Catholic trustees' vote could have affected their children's school jobs, conflict case hears. - May 13, 2010

Toronto Catholic trustees did not have conflict, lawyer argues - May 12, 2010

Pre-hearing scheduled for official plan appeals - March 24, 2010

Durham DC rehearing
Novæ Res Urbis - March 17, 2010

Trustee offers basic training for candidates - November 23, 2009

Port Carling Boundary Expansion Moves Ahead
Weekender - September 11, 2009

Proposed Cell Tower Generates Discussion
The Community Press - September 3, 2009

City Eyes Limits for Cell Towers - August 11, 2009

It's better to settle than to expropriate: Experts
Toronto Sun - May 5, 2009

Allegations Against Councillor - February 7, 2008

Markham tackles static over cell towers - May 22, 2014




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