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Professional Corporation | Barristers, Solicitors, Notaries Est. 1955     ©2019 by Lawson, Clark & Oldman

 

OUR FIRM

THE LAWSON, CLARK & OLDMAN STORY

Results Built on Experience

Lawson Clark & Oldman is a long-time Durham law firm which has been providing legal services to our community since 1951. Colin Oldman joined the firm as a partner in 2008. 

In 2010 the firm relocated to its present home at 65 Old Kingston Road in historic Pickering Village. 

We have built a solid reputation for providing expert counsel on all matters related to our core focus of Real Estate, Corporate, and Estate Planning law. While we employ the latest in technologies and procedures, the emphasis of the firm’s practice has remained unchanged over the past 60+ years. 

Our clients know that they can rely on Lawson Clark & Oldman to serve individuals, businesses and families while offering value far beyond the professional fees charged. 

Expect Excellent Service

At Lawson Clark & Oldman, every file is high profile. 

We distinguish ourselves through our accessible, service driven approach and our firm commitment to the success and satisfaction of our clients. 

As a result, Lawson, Clark & Oldman has enjoyed the trust and confidence of a great number of our clients for many years and in many cases, for multiple generations. 

You Have Spoken

There is a reason that Lawson Clark & Oldman has been voted the Reader’s Choice Award winner for Best Law Firm for seven consecutive years. 

Our most important recognition comes from our clients who appreciate the professional service and exceptional value we deliver in all that we do. 

We hope that we can be of service to you.

 

COLIN OLDMAN

PARTNER

Colin has extensive experience in advising clients in all areas of real estate law, corporate and commercial law, and wills and estate administration. Colin’s clients include home buyers and sellers, commercial real estate developers, small and mid-sized business owners, and individuals with estate planning needs.

 

A native of Durham Region, Colin graduated from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Prior to that Colin completed his undergraduate degree in Commerce at the Queen’s University School of Business.

 

Colin brings the advantage of Bay Street expertise to his clients in the Durham region, having worked as a lawyer with a prominent national firm and having served as a management consultant to several Fortune 500 companies.

 

Outside of the office, Colin stays busy as the father of three young boys, and volunteers as a hockey coach with the Whitby Minor Hockey Association.

 

 

(905) 683-2741  |  coldman@lcolaw.ca

 

Practice Areas

Real Estate

Corporate/Commercial

Wills and Estates

Professional Associations & Memberships

Law Society of Upper Canada

Canadian Bar Association

Ontario Bar Association

Ajax Pickering Board of Trade

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Recent work highlights include:

  • Acted for several vendors in a land assembly sale to developer; 

  • Assisted client in corporate share acquisition to acquire commercial real estate properties; 

  • Advised ownership of a large franchise on the successful sale of franchise stores; 

  • Worked with the owners of various successful family enterprises to plan for succession of the business in a manner that maximized value for the current and future owners while minimizing tax implications; 

  • Advised entrepreneurs on estate planning matters including income and capital gains splitting through the use of family trusts; 

  • Participated in a corporate restructuring while successfully addressing succession planning, tax efficiencies and income splitting. 

STEPHEN G. SFORZA

ASSOCIATE

Stephen joined Lawson, Clark & Oldman Professional Corporation as an associate lawyer in May of 2016 and he has become an integral part of the firm. He holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and completed his undergraduate studies at Queen's University, earning his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree and graduating magna cum laude.

While Stephen assists the firm in each of its core practice areas, his primary focus is on corporate and commercial law, where he is a trusted legal advisor to solo entrepreneurs, real estate investors, small and mid-sized businesses, and commercial landlords and tenants. His client-centered approach, combined with his developed knowledge and expertise, enables him to provide business clients with strategic, practical and tailored business law advice and cost-effective legal solutions. 

Stephen has gained significant legal and industry experience in both private practice and policy development settings in Toronto. He has worked for non-profit corporations in the securities industry, interned in the in-house legal department of a large, public oil and gas company, and was a summer law student at a Toronto-based law firm practicing in various areas of law. However, being a native of the Durham Region, Stephen always planned on returning to the community in which he grew up, and now he proudly provides his services to the local clientele.

During law school, Stephen was awarded the Shin Doi and Benda Prize in Legal Drafting and completed the highly-competitive Intensive Program in Business Law. He also held leadership roles and was a contributing member on various law school associations, including the Real Estate Law Association, the Osgoode Law Italian-Canadian Association and the Business Law Society.

Stephen currently writes monthly articles on various legal topics. They can be found in the Retail Pages monthly publication, in print and online here: www.retailpages.ca.

In his spare time, Stephen enjoys maintaining a highly active and healthy lifestyle. He plays competitive level soccer and consistently works on his personal fitness. He is also an avid Toronto sports fan, following Toronto FC and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

 

(905) 683-2741  |  ssforza@lcolaw.ca

Practice Areas

Corporate/Commercial

Real Estate

Wills and Estates

Professional Associations & Memberships

Law Society of Upper Canada

Durham Region Law Association

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Recent work highlights include:

  • Acted for mid-sized industrial services company in its purchase of commercial property, with specific attention to minimizing client's potential liability for environmental risks related to the property; 

  • Represented corporate shareholder in its purchase of shares in the capital of a construction and home renovation company, and redrafted the related shareholders' agreement, being cognizant of the client's position as a minority shareholder;

  • Assisted in the corporate reorganization and succession planning of a long-time family-owned business;

  • Acted for a corporate purchaser in a share purchase transaction involving a veterinary clinic;

  • Advised purchasers on their termination rights in respect to their new home agreement with a failing builder and successfully obtained the return of their deposits;

  • Assisted client in the private sale of his mixed-use multi-million dollar property;

  • Acted for corporate client in commercial loan and mortgage refinancing deal involving various forms of security;

  • Redrafted shareholders' agreement for owners of a hair salon to better establish the shareholders' rights and obligations;

  • Reviewed private offer of a commercial property and multiple commercial leases and advised on the purchase of a church property on behalf of a charitable corporation;

  • Assisted corporate client in structuring its security on its large loan to a corporate borrower in manner that most effectively minimized creditor risk;

  • Advised multiple co-owners of real estate on the most equitable and tax-efficient manner to structure their co-ownership via a co-ownership agreement with a view to succession planning.