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Stephen J. Messinger *


p: (416) 369-4147
f: (416) 864-9223

* Partner through Professional Corporation

Client Services

Core Specialties

  • Commercial Leasing
  • Office and Retail Leasing
  • Insolvency and Workouts
  • Property Leasing
  • Real Estate
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Stephen is a Partner in the Commercial Leasing Group where he focuses on leasing and commercial development. Stephen acts for many of Canada's largest and most well-known developers, property and asset managers, retail chains, banks, trust companies, and pension funds. He has appeared before provincial court judges to discuss lease trends and has appeared in court as an expert witness on several commercial leasing matters.

Stephen was one of the forefathers of commercial leasing in the 1960’s and in 1973 joined the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) where he is a member of the Canadian Executive Committee. He is a regular lecturer in Canada and the United States. He is currently a member of the Georgetown University Law Center Advanced Commercial Leasing Institute Advisory Board. One of Stephen’s more celebrated presentations is on Rodney Dangerfield Clauses - those clauses that get no respect.

Clients appreciate that Stephen is always available to them. He lives by the creed “I’m always there and when I’m not there, I’m there.”

Stephen is known for his quick wit and compulsive behaviour. He has run 22 marathons and has two personal streaks of running more than 2,000 days in a row and another of running twice a day for 2,100 days. His alter ego, Dame Edna, has been known to show up at various firm and industry functions.

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • American Bar Association

Boards and Memberships

  • Canadian Division of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Canadian Lead Ambassador, former Special Initiatives Chairman and Executive Committee member
  • Member of the Task Force to review and amend the Bankruptcy Act
  • ICSC Canadian Law Conference, former ICSC Ontario Provincial Director, Canadian Division Operations Chairman, and Co-Chair

Awards or Achievements

  • International Council of Shopping Centers - Seymore Obront Award for Outstanding Service in Retail, 2018
  • Best Lawyers® in Canada, Real Estate Law
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, "Most Frequently Recommended" for Property Leasing
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 lawyers in Canada, "Most Frequently Recommended" in Property Leasing
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Distinguished Service Award recipient, 1998 and 2001
  • Named one of Canada's most highly regarded individuals in Real Estate by the Who's Who Legal​, Canada

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Stephen J. Messinger *


T: (416) 369-4147
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* Partner through Professional Corporation

2018 Lexpert ALM 500

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Best Lawyers Award Badge


  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1968
  • University of Toronto – LLB, 1966
  • University of Toronto - Bachelor of Commerce, 1963

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