Jeffrey J. Wilker

Jeffrey J. Wilker

Department Head & Partner

Practice highlights


Jeff Wilker focuses his practice on land use law and routinely develops novel approaches to resolve complex legal problems. The provision of top-shelf legal guidance to his clients is a hallmark of his practice. Jeff acts on cutting-edge matters and prides himself on his ability to “think outside of the box.”

Jeff’s practice involves all aspects of municipal and planning law, including land use litigation, expropriation, environmental and constitutional matters. He appears before Municipal Councils, at provincial tribunals such as the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT), and in the Courts, on behalf of municipalities, public agencies, corporations and private individuals. He is the Town/Township solicitor for a number of municipalities.

Jeff continues to be recognized by his peers for inclusion in The Best LawyersTM in Canada 2020 in the field of Municipal and Real Estate Law. He is the head of our Municipal and Planning Law department.

Practice Areas:

  • Land Use Litigation
  • Municipal & Planning
  • Expropriation
  • Environmental
  • Constitutional
  • Public Sector Real Estate

Year of Call



  • Master of Laws (Constitutional Law), Osgoode Hall Law School (2000)
  • Juris Doctor, Osgoode Hall Law School (1988)
  • Bachelor of Arts (4 Years), Victoria College, University of Toronto (1985)


  • Listed in The Best LawyersTM in Canada since 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Ranked Lawyer (Distinguished)
  • Lambda Alpha International (LAI)
  • Canadian Bar Association – Municipal and Environmental Law Sections
  • Advocates’ Society
  • Ontario Expropriation Association
  • First Amendment Lawyers’ Association
  • Past President of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Society
  • Officer and Director of Phi Delta Phi (Ontario Society)
  • Past Board Member of the High Park Curling and Lawn Tennis Club

Cases of note





August 01, 2003

Municipalities Not Contractually Bound by Zoning – A review of down zoning jurisprudence

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March 01, 2003

The Municipal Building Department – The In House Guarantor of Building Construction

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August 01, 2001

Federal Undertakings Are Constitutionally Exempt From Land Use Regulation

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August 01, 2001

Tendering … According to the Supreme Court of Canada – Case Note, Naylor Group Inc. v. Ellis-Don Construction Ltd, 2 S.C.R. 943

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June 01, 2000

Sex, Land Use and the Law: A Comparative Analysis of the effect of the First Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights and Section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the application of municipal land use and licensing controls to adult land uses in the United States and Canada

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July 01, 1999

Candour, Frankness and Impartiality – The Rule of Notice in Municipal Act Legislation

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