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Christopher C. Cooper

B.A., M.A., LL.B., LL.M., G.Dipl. J.S.A. Lawyer

Called To Bar



  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.M. – 2007
  • York University, Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration - 2007
  • University of Ottawa, LL.B. – 1995
  • University of Alberta, M.A. – 1987
  • York University, B.A. - 1981

Practice Areas

Guelph Office T. 519-837-2100 x.258 F: 519-837-1617

Christopher’s practice involves all aspects of both municipal law and land use planning and development matters. Prior to joining SV Law, he was in-house counsel to several municipalities in Southwestern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area. Christopher also practised municipal, planning and land development law at a firm based in Orangeville, Ontario. He is, therefore, uniquely positioned to understand municipal law and land use planning and development matters from both public and private sector perspectives, and he brings that insight to resolving his clients’ legal issues.

The municipal law side of Christopher’s practice includes by-law and policy drafting, municipal tax sales, heritage matters, public procurement, municipal conflicts of interest, municipal elections and audits, privacy and freedom of information, ward boundary appeals, municipal restructuring, and P3 projects.

On the land development side, Christopher acts for homeowners, businesses, developers, and other private sector clients.  He also represents municipalities and other public-sector bodies across Ontario.

Christopher helps his clients navigate the complex land development process. He provides strategic advice, opines on land use planning and development issues; planning- and zoning-related matters, including re-zonings, plans of subdivision, site plans, minor variances, and severances. Christopher has experience negotiating and drafting various land development agreements. He has appeared before the Ontario Land Tribunal (and its predecessors, LPAT and OMB), municipal councils and committees.

Among his other degrees, Christopher has a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) in English Common Law from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, and a Master of Laws (specializing in Administrative Law) from Osgoode Hall Law School. While studying towards his LL.B., he spent a term clerking for the judges of the Ontario Court of Justice. Prior to being called to the Ontario Bar, Christopher articled in the Toronto office of a leading national law firm.

In his spare time, Christopher enjoys, among other things, hiking, cycling, skiing, golf, travel, film, live theatre and concerts, and fine art appreciation.

Awards & Accolades

Representative Work and Notable Transactions

Speaking Arrangements

  • “Environmental Clean-Up Orders: Not Just the Realm of the Province Any More,” presentation made at the Meeting of the Municipal Law Departments Association of Ontario, February 29, 2008.
  • “Inspections vs. Investigations: Ensuring Procedural Safeguards in Municipal Law Enforcement", paper presented at the Prosecutors' Association of Ontario Fall '99 Workshop.

Memberships & Professional Appointments

  • Member, Law Society of Ontario
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Wellington Law Association

Community Involvement

  • Municipal Law Departments Association of Ontario, Department Head (2009 to 2023)
  • Rexdale Community Health Centre, Member of the Board of Directors (2000 to 2003)
  • Guelph Office 245 Hanlon Creek Boulevard. Unit 102 Guelph, ON N1C 0A1
    519 837 2100
  • Fergus/Elora Office 294 East Mill Street, Unit 108, Centre Wellington, ON N0B 1S0
    519 837 2100
  • Toll Free 800 746 0685