Geoff is a partner at Dale & Lessmann LLP, a member of the Advocacy & Dispute Resolution Group, and founder of the firm’s Expropriation practice.
Geoff frequently acts as general counsel to his clients by guiding them through various business law issues, taking a practical and client-focused approach. He often works in concert with lawyers in the firm’s various practice groups to ensure client objectives are met. He has litigated a wide variety of business disputes, including shareholder conflicts, contractual claims, franchise matters, product liability, real estate, expropriation, regulatory issues, and election law.
Geoff acts for a diverse range of clients, including major international companies, franchisors, insurers, owner-operated businesses, and individuals. He frequently acts for businesses and individuals facing expropriation and works in concert with valuation experts to secure appropriate compensation from governmental authorities. He also acts as Preferred Counsel to the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company. Geoff completed the Osgoode Certificate in Blockchain Law in 2022.
Geoff is a hands-on, solutions-focused lawyer who seeks to ensure positive client experiences. When litigating, he takes a practical and strategic approach to dispute resolution that is focused on achieving resolution, where possible, while aiming to minimize disruption and expense.
Geoff frequently brings his strategic communication skills, developed through over 20 years of active involvement in the political process, to bear on client matters. He has adeptly handled several high-profile client matters involving the intersection of law, media, and public relations, and has been referenced in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, CBC, and Global News, in this regard. Geoff won the Ontario Progressive Conservative nomination for the high-profile riding of Mississauga South for the 2011 Ontario general election, enabling him to obtain extensive media experience as a candidate for provincial parliament.
Recent Presentations & Publications
- City of Mississauga buying up homes for Central Park project – March 2018
- Developer-friendly Purchase Agreements a Risk for Prospective Homeowners, Says Lawyer – September 2017
- Cooksville Creek Homeowners Fighting Citys Attempt to Purchase Property – August 2017
- Property Expropriation Underway for Hurontario LRT – May 2017
- Law Firm to Host Meeting for Those Impacted by LRT Property Expropriation – May 2017
- Enforceability of Arbitration Clauses in Ontario – American Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Points, August 2016
- Supreme Court defers to restrictive covenants negotiated by commercial parties – International Law Office, November 2013
- Internet Usage May Lead to Dismissal – Legal Alert, August 2013
- The Right to Arbitrate: Only as Solid as the Language Used – Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal, November 2009
Related News & Updates
- LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School (Laskin Moot Third Place Oralist), 2007
- M.St., Oxford University, 2004
- Hons. B.A. (High Distinction), Trinity College, University of Toronto (Chancellor's Silver Medal in Arts), 2003
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association
- Ontario Expropriation Association
Professional Development Courses
- Osgoode Certificate in Blockchain Law, 2022
- Written Advocacy Course, The Advocates’ Society, 2013
- Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop, Osgoode Professional Development, 2012