Joel Berkovitz

Joel Berkovitz
Shibley Righton LLP
Corporate, Real Estate

Joel Berkovitz, an associate with the firm Shibley Righton LLP in Toronto, focuses on condominium and business law.

He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and history in 2007, before earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor in 2013. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2014.

During law school, Mr. Berkovitz received the Harold G. Fox Bursary, which is awarded to the top two students in the first-year law class.

Before entering law school, he worked in Ontario’s gambling industry where he conducted problem gambling research for a non-profit organization and handled policy and regulatory compliance matters for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

Mr. Berkovitz is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Canadian Condominium Institute.

Joel Berkovitz In The News
Supreme Court decision offers privacy lessons to condos

A Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) criminal decision offers important guidance to condos that monitor their property with video surveillance, Toronto condominium lawyer  Joel Berkovitz tells . Read more

Cases clarify duty of good faith contractual performance

Several recent cases help spell out the duty of good faith contractual performance that exists in contract law, Toronto business lawyer  Joel Berkovitz tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Is your condo board prepared for pot?

Now that Oct. 17 has come and gone, there may be a whiff of something else in the autumn air, Toronto business lawyer  Joel Berkovitz  writes in Shibley Righton’s Condo Law Newsletter. Read more

Issues of piercing corporate veil remain after OCA decision

The “long and twisting saga” that pits South American villagers against a global oil giant took another turn recently in a Canadian courtroom, Toronto business lawyer  Joel Berkovitz tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Condos should use rules not bylaws for pot

Condominium corporations should adopt rules that prohibit growing marijuana in their complexes ahead of legalization later this year, says Toronto condominium lawyer Joel Berkovitz . Read more

Berkovitz to discuss changes to condo legislation at upcoming conference

Toronto condominium and business lawyer  Joel Berkovitz  will join a panel of legal professionals to discuss new legislation and current issues facing condo boards and corporations at the upcoming Springfest conference.  Read more

New rules for accessing condo records

Changes to the Condominium Act will affect the ability of condo owners to access records from corporations, Toronto real estate lawyer  Joel Berkovitz writes in Condominium Manager magazine. Read more

Toronto condos should update residents on short-term rental rules

Toronto condominium boards should update their unit owners about the status of short-term rentals in their buildings after the city voted to regulate the practice, Toronto condominium lawyer  Joel Berkovitz tells . Read more

Who gets the money when condo land is expropriated?

The expropriation of a condominium's common property has raised the question of who gets the money — those who owned a unit when the land was officially taken or those who live there at the time of payment for the expropriation, says Toronto condominium lawyer  Joel Berkovitz . Read more

The pros and cons of charging stations in condos

With the increasing popularity of electric vehicles, condominium corporations need to be prepared for more charging station requests, says Toronto condominium lawyer Joel Berkovitz . Read more

Paralegals cannot register and discharge liens

A recent decision in small claims court makes it clear that paralegals must leave lien work to lawyers, says Toronto business lawyer  Joel Berkovitz . Read more

Subsidiaries not liable for judgments against parents

Canadian subsidiaries can rest easier after the Ontario Superior Court ruled that Chevron Canada can’t be held financially liable for a judgment against its American parent company, says Toronto business lawyer  Joel Berkovitz . Read more

LoyaltyOne’s miscalculation a lesson for reward programs

The consumer backlash over LoyaltyOne’s plan to void Air Miles that are five years or older is a lesson for companies considering changes to their reward programs, says Toronto business lawyer Joel Berkovitz . Read more

Respect key to success of co-counsel arrangement

In certain matters, clients may benefit from a co-counsel setting where lawyers tackle different aspects of the case — but the success of these arrangements depends on mutual respect and compromise, Toronto lawyers  Armand Conant , Bill Northcote and Joel Berkovitz tell Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Condo boards empowered by ‘business judgment’ ruling

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision that extends the “business judgment” rule to condominiums will give condo corporations broader protection when facing legal challenges by owners, says Toronto business and condominium lawyer Joel Berkovitz . Read more

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