Doug Bourassa


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Doug Bourassa

A partner in Torkin Manes’ Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Commercial Real Estate Groups, Doug is an accomplished trial lawyer, having conducted many trials before the Superior Court of Justice as lead counsel. Equally as experienced in appellate advocacy, Doug has numerous appellate level decisions to his name before all levels of court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.

Doug is highly renowned for his experience in all aspects of commercial and residential mortgage remedies, including power of sale, receivership proceedings, foreclosure, and judicial sales. He is often retained by private lenders to assist with complex subordinate mortgage disputes and enforcements. His experience in this area is unparalleled in Ontario. Doug is highly sought after by clients in all manner of real estate related disputes, including ownership disputes, improvident sale allegations, contested closings, easements, rights-of-way and border disputes, commercial lease enforcement, and tenant disputes.

In addition to real estate related matters, Doug leverages his strong business acumen and vast knowledge of the corporate landscape when acting for clients on a wide range of commercial disputes. He has substantial experience in fraud related litigation, including the injunctive relief that often accompanies such disputes, as well as Mareva injunctions, Norwich orders, certificates of pending litigation, and other interim forms of relief to support his clients.

Doug is a skilled communicator and is a frequent speaker and author on litigation and real estate topics for the Law Society of Ontario, the Toronto Lawyers Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and various regional bar associations. He has authored and presented dozens of papers over the years and is recognized throughout the province for his unique and compelling speeches. 

Credentials & Affiliations

  • Credentials
  • Memberships
  • Ontario Bar, 2005
  • LLB, University of Western Ontario, 2003
  • BA, University of Western Ontario, 2000
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association