Jeanne practises exclusively in the area of commercial leasing on behalf of both landlords and tenants in retail, office and industrial properties, including sale/leaseback arrangements. She is included in the 2017 Lexpert American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. She is listed by Lexpert, the national lawyer rating service, as a practitioner consistently recommended in the area of Property Leasing. She is also listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada, a U.S. based national lawyer rating service.
Since joining Daoust Vukovich LLP as a partner in 1996, Jeanne has provided the firm with leadership in volume leasing for major developers, and in management and coordination of major projects, including due diligence lease reviews. Jeanne has a thorough knowledge of the business exigencies associated with completing lease documentation in a timely manner.
During her fifteen years spent as in-house counsel at The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, Jeanne oversaw the negotiation of over 10,000 leases. As Vice President, Legal, from 1991 to 1996, she was responsible for all aspects of lease negotiations for a portfolio of 54 owned and/or managed shopping centres, comprising approximately 27.7 million square feet, and 23 office buildings, comprising approximately 10.6 million square feet.
Jeanne also practised from 1979 to 1981 as in-house counsel for Fidinam (Canada) Limited, an international real estate investment consulting firm, developer and manager, with offices in 14 countries on 5 continents.
Jeanne lectures and writes frequently on commercial leasing topics, including on behalf of the Canada Bar Association, Law Society of Upper Canada and International Council of Shopping Centres (I.C.S.C). She has chaired the Legal Update panel at the I.C.S.C. Law Conference annually since 2006.
Jeanne is a member (and past Board member) of Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women (Toronto CREW), has been named annually as a Champion of the Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI) of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto (Trinity College) in 1974, graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1977 and was called to the Ontario bar in 1979.