David Tang is a partner in Gowlings' Toronto office, practising in the area of municipal, land development and planning law. He is also co-chair of the Firm's Charities and Not-For-Profit National Practice Group.
David appears regularly before the Ontario Municipal Board, the Assessment Review Board and in the courts to obtain court and planning decisions like rezonings, Official Plan Amendments and Committee of Adjustment decisions. He deals regularly with provincial and municipal governments, representing developers, citizens and municipalities, and has substantial experience in property development by not-for-profit groups. David has particular expertise in the area of "Life Lease" developments. He was the first person to persuade the Ontario Municipal Board to hold a telephone conference hearing. He regularly advises on property tax matters and on all aspects of real estate development, including leasing, options and purchase agreements.
In the municipal law area, David has advised on and litigated many of a municipal corporation's concerns, including corporation and organizational matters, energy, discrimination, licensing of video arcades and adult entertainment, bias, conflict of interest, election laws, rental housing, municipal restructuring, Ontario Heritage Act, taxation by-laws and development charges.
David provides a full range of advice to charities and not-for-profit groups. He has particular expertise with religious organizations, property development by charities and not-for-profits, property tax exemptions and refunds, structuring these organizations and ensuring charities comply with all of the laws which are unique to them, their boards and members. David has frequently advised charities on the resolution of internal and external disputes.
David carries on Alternate Dispute Resolution, both as a trained mediator and as counsel at arbitrations, mediations, and negotiations. He has been placed on the Department of Justice's Dispute Resolution Group Neutral List for use in Canadian Government disputes and mediated civil litigation cases for the Ontario Court (general division) ADR Centre's mandatory mediation program. David believes that disputes between charities or between members of charities and the charity, particularly within churches or religious organizations, are uniquely suited to alternate dispute resolution because of shared values.
David has taught the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario Municipal Land Law course, writes and is quoted regularly. He has also lectured at Tyndale University College and Seminary.
David is fluent in English and Cantonese, and is a past member of the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s Municipal and Charitable and Not-For Profit Law Sections. While pursuing his legal degree, David attended the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.