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Thomas A. Richardson, B.A. LL.B, C.S.


Phone: 905-688-2207


Areas of Law

Administrative Law, Civil Litigation and Advocacy, Municipal and Land-Use Planning Law


Tom is the Chair of our Administrative Law Group and practices municipal law, land use planning and development, administrative and environmental law. His practice focuses upon land use law with a particular emphasis on matters leading to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, the Assessment Review Board and the Niagara Escarpment Commission. He appears regularly before courts of various jurisdiction including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Divisional Court.

Full Bio

Tom’s practice includes a full range of development applications and planning matters acting for municipalities, developers and ratepayers’ groups. These applications have ranged from commercial developments to plans of subdivision and non-profit housing co-ops to rural severances and minor variances.  Tom regularly advises municipalities on a variety of municipal and planning matters. He has substantial experience in expropriation matters as well as assessment appeals. He has a great deal of experience in matters under the Niagara Planning and Development Act, including submissions to the Niagara Escarpment Commission as well as appeals under the Act.



Admitted to Ontario Bar –  1972
B.A. – University of Western Ontario – 1967
LL.B – University of Western Ontario – 1970
Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in municipal law: local government and land use planning and development

Professional Activities

Speaker at several Ontario Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Programs
Co-author of “A User’s Guide to Municipal By-laws”


Member – Law Society of Upper Canada
Member – Ontario Bar Association, a branch of the Canadian Bar Association
Former Member of the Executive of the Municipal Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association
Member and former President – Lincoln County Law Association
Former Member of the Board of Directors of the St. Catharines Downtown Association
Former Member of the Board of Directors of the Niagara Sympho0ny
Former Member of the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels
Former Member of the Board of Directors of Hospice Niagara
Long-time active Member and Honourary Solicitor of St. Thomas Anglican Church, St. Catharines