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Jonathan H. Fine Partner

B.Sc., J.D., F.C.C.I.

jfine@finedeo.com
905.760.1800 x226
905.760.0050

Assistants

Faduma Omar

905.760.1800 x240
fomar@finedeo.com

Nicoleta Dumitru

905.760.1800 x244
ndumitru@finedeo.com

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"I have built a solid reputation as a condominium litigator who is tough but fair, fights for ​my clients’ rights and ​is willing to do whatever it takes, within the confines of the law, to help ​my clients meet their objectives."

Jonathan Fine

Bio

A nationally recognized and highly regarded condominium lawyer and litigator, Jonathan has been involved in the practice of condominium law for four decades.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Toronto’s York University, Jonathan went on to attend Osgoode Hall Law School, graduating with a Juris Doctor degree in 1974.   Very quickly, he became involved in the relatively new and burgeoning field of condominium law.

As Jonathan’s work within, and knowledge of the industry grew, he came to be regarded as one of Canada’s leading experts in condominium law.   Not only has he been lead counsel on more reported cases in condominium law than any other condominium litigation lawyer in Canada, Jonathan has spoken at and hosted numerous condominium conferences and seminars.   He was a featured columnist with the Condominium Magazine, for ten years and has been featured in his own live TV talk show on condominium law - ”Condo Call-In”.

Jonathan’s skill and depth of knowledge has earned him the respect of not only of his clients, but also of colleagues, judges, and opposing counsel.  Dedicated to the practice of condo law, he takes on even the most challenging of cases and acts for condominium corporations, and other law firms.

For Jonathan, there is no such thing as half measures. He has built a solid reputation as a litigator who is tough, but fair, fights for his clients’ rights and is willing to do whatever it takes, within the confines of the law, to help his clients meet their objectives.  The degree of preparedness he puts into a case is unparalleled.

Jonathan has been widely recognized for his work. He was awarded the title of Fellow of the Canadian Condominium Institute (FCCI) in recognition of his accomplishments as a founding director, founding member and past president of CCI. He has lectured and written extensively on the subject of condominium law, and has served as an instructor for the Law Society of Upper Canada in its Bar Admission Course.   He has also been an instructor and trial judge at the Intensive Trial Advocacy course.  Jonathan is a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers of the Community Association Institute, the second Canadian lawyer ever to be admitted. 

In addition to his busy practice, Jonathan is an avid golfer and has written two books on the game, as well as several books on coaching hockey.

 

Education

  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1976
  • J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1974
  • B.Sc., York University, 1971

Memberships

  • Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO), Associates Committees
  • Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO), Member
  • Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI), Member
  • College of Community Association Lawyers at the Community Association Institute (CAI), Member

Recognition

  • Fellow of the Canadian Condominium Institute (FCCI)
  • Second Canadian Lawyer to be admitted to the US based Community Association Institute (CAI)

Cases

Oct 27, 2017

Michael Lahrkamp v. MTCC 932

We recently completed a 12-day trial with a unit owner (Mr. Lahrkamp) regarding the production of the condominium corporation’s records for h...

Condo Blog Posts

Dec 23, 2015

The Ten Most Important Condominium Cases For 2015

1. MTCC No. 985 v. Cheney; MacKay v. Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corp. No. 985 Part 1 In a previous case involving the transference of ci...

Dec 05, 2014

Running Corporate Meetings

Many condominium corporations’ Annual General Meetings run very smoothly, according to script, and are completed quite successfully in less t...

Aug 20, 2014

Proxies and Privacy

A proxy is a person who attends and participates in a meeting of the owners of a condominium corporation, on behalf of a unit owner. The document g...

May 23, 2014

Disaster Planning - Is Your Condominium Corporation Prepared If Disaster Strikes?

The world’s climate is changing and the effects of these changes are evident as we face disturbing fluctuations in temperatures, melting glac...

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May 14, 2014

How to be a Great Condominium Property Manager

The following list is meant to be an overview to help get you set-up as a property manager at your first condominium corporation. This list is not ...

Publications

Oct 30, 2017

Records Requests: Answers to Discussion Scenarios

This document provides answers to the discussion questions posed in the Records Request ​paper.

Oct 30, 2017

Guide to Records Requests

This paper provides a detailed guide to records requests under the new amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998. At the end of this paper,...

Dec 23, 2015

The Ten Most Important Condominium Cases For 2015

1. MTCC No. 985 v. Cheney; MacKay v. Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corp. No. 985 Part 1 In a previous case involving the transference of cigar ...

Feb 15, 2013

Fraud Prevention Procedures Lacking

Most of us have seen legal agreements that have many clauses that seem unnecessary. Every one of these agreements evolved as new clauses were adde...

Jun 01, 2012

Legal Issues of Managing Aging Buildings

As published in the Summer 2012 edition of CM Magazine. THERE ARE six important concerns with managing aging buildings, all of which are relat...

Media Centre

Oct 01, 2009

The Significance of Status Certificates

Jonathan emphasizes what all Condominium Directors must be aware of regarding Status Certificates.

Jun 01, 2009

Condominium Radio Ads as Aired on 680 News

Fine & Deo Condominium Radio Ads that aired on 680 News:

News

Nov 13, 2014

Fine & Deo Partner Sponsor of 2014 ACMO/CCI-T Condominium Conference

Fine & Deo is pleased to have been the Partner sponsor of this year's ACMO/CCI-T Condominium Conference, which was held November 7 & 8, 201...

Feb 14, 2013

Breaking Bad Seminar - Fraud Prevention Procedures Lacking

Location: Oakdale Golf and Country Club, Toronto Most of us have seen legal agreements that have many clauses that seem unnecessary. Every one of t...

Feb 27, 2012

Jonathan Fine Interviewed for Globe and Mail Article

Jonathan Fine was recently interviewed by the Globe and Mail. Check out the article here.

Mar 15, 2011

Speak with Jonathan Fine at CCI-Toronto Networking Dinner

CCI-Toronto is hosting a networking dinner for condo board members on March 30, 2011. This year, condo lawyers will be joining board members at each dinner table, to answer questions and discuss hot condo topics. The lawyers will switch tables throughout the evening, allowing attendees to speak with a variety of the top condo lawyers in Toronto, including Jonathan Fine.

Oct 17, 2010

Fine & Deo Platinum Sponsor of 2010 ACMO/CCI-T Condo Conference

Fine & Deo is pleased to be a Platinum sponsor of this years ACMO/CCI-T Condo Conference, being held November 5 & 6, 2010, at the Hilton Suites Toronto/Markham Conference Centre.

Speaking Engagements

  • Instructor – Bar Admissions Course, Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)

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