Michael Polowin is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office. The leader of the national Municipal Law Group, he provides clients with strategic advice and representation in the areas of development, municipal, and planning law, and real property, covering the acquisition, financing, and development process. He has acted for some of the largest developers in Canada and has been involved in developments throughout Ontario, appearing before courts and the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. Michael also has extensive experience in development-related agreements, including subdivision, cost-sharing agreements, and expropriation matters. He has acted with respect to such transactions as sports arenas, power centres, and P3s. He is also involved in advising on real estate and land-use issues for companies in the cannabis industry. He is co-author of The Manual for Elected Municipal Officials – Ontario and the author of papers on official plans, legal non-conforming rights, and party rights at the OMB. He has been recognized in Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, and The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. Michael is involved with both industry groups including BOMA and Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association, and the community, as Chair of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa.