Michael Paiva

Co-Managing Partner / Property and Commerce / Property and Commerce

Michael Paiva is co-managing partner of Unified LLP and leader of the firm’s Property and Commerce department. He services clients from the firm’s Toronto and Waterloo Region offices.

As leader of the Property and Commerce department, Michael maintains a hybrid practice handling both litigation and transactions in real property matters (including municipal law, land use planning, expropriation, real estate, construction law, tieback and crane swing agreements, commercial leases) and corporate/commercial matters, including corporate and business litigation and transactions of various kinds.

Michael delivers responsive, decisive, and thorough service, and leaves no stone unturned.  He tactfully navigates the complexities of each matter with an eye focused on resolution. Michael employs a pragmatic and results-oriented approach to every file and always considers his clients’ business operations.  As an advocate, he has successfully appeared before the Ontario Land Tribunal (formerly LPAT, OMB), Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Construction Act ODACC.

Prior to the formation of Unified LLP, Michael was a Partner of Rodrigues Paiva LLP. He started his legal career as an associate lawyer, articling student and summer student at Gowlings. Prior to law school, Michael successfully defended his Master’s thesis on Canada-US trade in the Mulroney-Reagan era. His research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Representative Work

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  • J.D., University of Ottawa
  • M.A., University of Waterloo
  • B.Ed., University of Western Ontario
  • B.A. (Hons.), University of Waterloo

Professional Associations

  • Ontario Expropriation Association
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Law Society of Ontario