David A. Dell

David A. Dell

Toronto: 416.865.8100
Fax 416.865.7380


LLB, 1990
University of Toronto
MA, 1987
Yale University
BA, (With High Distinction), 1985
University of Toronto

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1992


David’s practice focuses on commercial real estate and infrastructure projects. He has a wealth of expertise in real estate joint ventures, project development and construction, lending, loan restructuring and workouts, leasing, real estate investment trusts and real property acquisitions and dispositions. David’s diverse real estate and infrastructure experience includes large shopping centre, office and mixed-use commercial and recreational developments across North America. David has specific expertise with build-to-suit arrangements, and he is also experienced with construction and project management arrangements.

Representative Work

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Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in real estate: nationwide and Ontario (2016-2020)

Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in real estate (2008-2018)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in commercial leasing law, project finance law, real estate law (2006-2020)

The Legal 500 Canada—Leading lawyer in real estate (2019-2020)

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in project finance (2011-2020); property development (2012-2020); property leasing (2016-2020)

Who’s Who Legal—Leading Canadian lawyer in real estate (2013-2015, 2019)

Which Lawyer?—Recommended lawyer in real estate (Ontario) (2007-2012)

Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers—Leading practitioner in Canada (2011)


The Law of Climate Change in Canada

Co-author, Canada Law Book


Professional Involvement

David is a member of Torys’ Premises Committee and is the former head of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate Practice. David co-authored The Law of Climate Change in Canada, published by Carswell, which won the prestigious Walter Owen Book prize in 2011.