In 1976, founding partner Jonathan Fine was one of the first lawyers in Toronto to practice condo law. It all began when he was a junior lawyer fresh out of law school, and he was asked to structure a new residential development. Eager to assist, Jonathan enthusiastically accepted the challenge and learned that he thoroughly enjoyed this new area of law. Eventually, Jonathan decided to focus his practice on condo law.
Going forward, Jonathan decided to get more involved in the industry and hosted a condominium seminar in October, 1983 for condo corporations, developers, and other professionals, which elevated him to one of the go-to-experts in condo law. Jonathan attributes much of his early success in condo law to being at the right place, at the right time.
Jonathan also had the pleasure of leading The Canadian Condominium Institute, (CCI) as its President from 1984-1985. He was also one of the founding Directors of CCI and in November, 1999, he was recognized and honoured for his meritorious service to the Institute and to the condominium community by being inducted as a “Fellow of the Canadian Condominium Institute, (F.C.C.I.).”
In 1988, Jonathan was introduced to a passionate and driven young lawyer named Mario Deo. Mario was eager to learn more about this burgeoning area of law and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with the leader in the field. With a knack for building and maintaining genuine relationships and a passion for the law, Mario was a welcome addition to the firm, which later became known as Fine & Deo.
Like Jonathan, Mario became very involved in the industry hosting events and volunteering his time with the CCI-Toronto Chapter where he has been rotating between the yearly positions of President and Vice-President for the past nine years.
Fine & Deo has been representing and working with condo corporations for over 35 years. Pioneers of condo law, the firm continues to lead condo corporations and boards of directors to break new ground today.