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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.

Recognition & Awards

  • Listed in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory ​2019 edition.
  • Named ​in the 2020 Best Lawyers™ in Canada list.


Practice Management Issues in Commercial Leasing

Feb 16, 2011 | Article

Written by Jeanne Banka (LSUC - The Six-Minute commercial leasing lawyer 2011) The purpose of this paper is to address some practice management iss...

Mass Transfers and Tenant Chain Sales: Advice for Landlords

May 20, 2005 | Article

Written by Jeanne Banka (Commercial Leasing Law and Strategy, Vol. 17, No. 12) The rumor that the retailing giant, Target Stores, may be taking ove...

Strategies for No-Grief Rent Relief

May 02, 2003 | Article

Written by Jeanne Banka (Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy, Vol. 15, No. 12) Recent downturns in the economy have increasingly found retail and...


Apr 14, 2003 | Article

Written by Jeanne Banka It is a well known fact that if you ask any retail tenant what the three key elements to its success are, it is likely to r...

Key Protections the Landlord Should Obtain When Negotiating Early Termination Rights

Nov 01, 2002 | Article

Written by: Jeanne Banka and Joseph Grignano Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy, Vol. 15, No. 6 November 2002 One of the rights that the landlor...

Agreements, Offers, Letters of Intent and Other Forms of Commitment

Jun 21, 2000 | Article

Written by Jeanne Banka Lorman Education Services - Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law in Ontario   It is in the interest of both the landlord...

Options to Renew: Tips for Tenants

Feb 01, 2000 | Article

Written by: Jeanne Banka Shopping Centre Newsletter, Vol.20, No. 2 Landlords consider options to renew a necessary evil so long as tenants insist o...

Implied Waiver by Landlord - An Unexpected Result

Apr 13, 1999 | Article

Written by Jeanne Banka with Francine Baker-Sigal (ICSC Shopping Centre Legal Update, Vol. 19, Issue ) The courts have repeatedly held that by acce...



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...

Practice Management in the Commercial Leasing Context

Mar 08, 2011

Every year, the Law Society of Upper Canada hosts the “Six Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer” conference.  This annual conference b...


  • Listed in the "Consistently Recommended" category of Leading Practitioners in Toronto in the peer-rated Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Annual Champion, Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women (Toronto CREW)

Jeanne Banka

P: 416-597-0830

Barb Sauer
Legal Assistant
P: 416-597-8039


  • International Council of Shopping Centres
  • Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women (Toronto CREW)
  • NAIOP (Toronto Chapter)
  • ​WLI (Women's Leadership Initiative)
  • Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Best Lawyers Award Badge 


  • University of Toronto (Trinity College), Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1974
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, ​LL.B. 1977
  • Called to the Bar in Ontario, 1979

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