Leonard D. Rodness*

Tel: 416 777 5409 Fax: 1 888 587 9139
*Legal services provided through Leonard Rodness Professional Corporation


Len is a partner in our Commercial Real Estate Group. His commercial real estate practice spans a broad spectrum of real estate matters from transactions to 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 structuring ownership groups, 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.

Lexpert Ranked Lawyer 2023




Awards & Recognition

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory -  Property Development
  • Chambers Canada - Real Estate (2020 - 2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada© - Real Estate Law (2013 - present)


  • BILD (Building Industry and Land Development Association)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centres)

Community Involvement

  • 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 www.magnacartacanada.ca, 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

Publications & Presentations

Presentation Nov 18, 2015

Reviewing Parcel Registers

Ontario Bar Association, Construction Law Section
Presentation May 13, 2015

Preparing for the Interview

Ontario Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Presentation Feb 2, 2012

Co-Tenancy Clauses in Leases

Breakfast Roundtable, ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference
Presentation Feb 1, 2010

Rooftop and Other Telecom Lease Issues

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


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


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1988