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Deborah is a leading lawyer in Canada in the area of commercial leasing transactions. She joined Daoust Vukovich LLP in July, 2000 as a partner. Deborah began her legal career in 1986 as legal counsel at The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited. She left Cadillac Fairview to join a major Toronto law firm and later became a partner there.

Throughout her legal career, Deborah has focused exclusively on commercial leasing, acting for developers, landlords and tenants. She has expertise in negotiating and drafting all types of commercial lease documentation for many different uses, including office, retail and industrial, in many different contexts, including office buildings, mixed-use complexes, enclosed regional shopping centres, open air power centres and single use properties. Her practice is evenly balanced between representing landlords and tenants.

Deborah is a frequent contributor to industry and legal publications. She has written and lectured extensively, including for the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the American and Canadian Law Conferences held by the International Conference of Shopping Centers, Insight Educational Services, and the Real Estate Institute of Canada, on such topics as hot spots for American tenants, e-commerce and commercial leases, issues related to options to renew or extend the term of a lease, the impact of property tax reform on commercial leases and tips on drafting rights of first refusal, repair and replacement obligations, quiet enjoyment and a variety of other topics. She has also lectured at the Shopping Centre Management Program, Sheridan College.

Deborah co-chaired the ICSC 2005 and 2006 Annual Canadian Law Conference. She was Ontario Provincial Director of Government Relations Committee Chair for the Canadian Division Committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers from 2003 to 2005. She is a past director of Toronto CREW (the Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women's Association).

Deborah has been a member of the Ontario bar since 1985. She received her Bachelor of Laws from University of Windsor in 1983 and her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from York University in 1978.

Articles

Landlord Renovations and Redevelopments: When, if ever, do they give rise to a breach of the Landlord's covenant for Quiet Enjoyment?

Feb 18, 2016 | Article

Written by Deborah Watkins and Brian Parker (The Six-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer 2016) When a landlord renovates or repairs its property it mu...

You're Special and They're Special - Specialty Leasing Issues

Apr 14, 2015 | Article

Written by Deborah Watkins (ICSC Canadian Law Conference 2015) Leasing premises to a special use tenant has its advantages; as a tenant invests in ...

A Few Operating Issues: Relocating and Go Dark Rights

Jun 22, 2001 | Article

Written by Deborah Watkins and Joseph Grignano The Law Society of Upper Canada, "Casting the Net Commercial Lease" This paper considers two operati...

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BEST LAWYERS 2017

Aug 29, 2016

We’re delighted to announce that the following 7 lawyers from Daoust Vukovich LLP were included in the 11th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Ca...

DV at the 2011 ICSC Canadian Convention

Oct 31, 2011

On October 19-21, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) hosted its annual Canadian Convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre...

DV at the NAIOP Real Estate Excellence Awards Gala

Apr 01, 2011

NAIOP, the commercial Real Estate Development Association,is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, i...

Deborah Watkins


P: 416-598-7042

Angela Carpenter
Legal Assistant
P: 416-542-5406


Memberships


  • International Council of Shopping Centers Annual Canadian Law Conference, Co-chaired, 2005 and 2006
  • Past Director of Toronto Crew (The Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women’s Association)
  • Current member of Toronto Crew (The Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women’s Association)

Education


  • Bachelor of Law, University of Windsor, 1983
  • Bachelor Of Arts (Honours), York University, 1978
  • Called to the Bar in Ontario in 1985

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