Isaac Tang

Partner

Toronto
ITang@blg.com
416.367.6143
Isaac is a partner in BLG’s Toronto office. He practices exclusively in the areas of administrative law and civil litigation.
Isaac represents municipalities, public agencies and private landowners on a broad range of land-related litigation matters, including land-use planning appeals, expropriations and ground lease arbitrations.

He provides strategic planning and municipal law advice on issues including COVID-19 legislation, transit-oriented development, growth management and natural heritage, and regularly defends his clients’ interests before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and in court. Isaac has successfully secured or opposed complex planning approvals for a range of public- and private-sector clients, including hospitals, transit authorities, school boards, pension funds, developers, businesses and individual homeowners.
Isaac is a former Executive Member of the Ontario Bar Association (Municipal Law Section) and a guest lecturer for the Community Planning course at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is a frequent contributor on municipal and planning law matters and recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Municipal Law).

 

Experience

  • Representing public sector clients in planning policy and land use development matters, including defending both upper-tier and lower-tier municipalities from numerous appeals to their official plan reviews and publicly-initiated official plan amendments.
  • Representing private sector clients in obtaining planning approvals, from the initial submission of development applications and negotiations with municipal staff to preparing for mediations and hearings at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.
  • Representing expropriating authorities and private landowners in land acquisition disputes at the Board of Negotiation and Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.
  • Representing professional liability insurers in matters involving real estate transactions and disputes, including claims involving excess insurers.
  • Acting as counsel in various proceedings before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Divisional Court involving land use development, land acquisition and building permit disputes.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Former Executive Member, Ontario Bar Association, Municipal Law Section
  • Member, Ontario Expropriation Association
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Participant, ULI Urban Leadership Program

Community Involvement

  • Mentor, Alumni-Student Mentorship Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Municipal Law)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2011
  • JD, University of Toronto, 2010
  • BSc, Queen's University, 2007