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David van Leenen, Managing Partner & Lead Partner for Real Estate and Estates service groups

Edmonton lawyer, barrister and solicitor David van Leenen of Sharek Logan & van Leenen LLP, legal services for commercial and residential condominiums, family home builders and developers, commercial leasing and lending and probate.

David has offered legal advice for his entire career and continues to enjoy meeting the legal needs of clients. Some specific practice areas are as follows:

Everything Condo 

  • acting for boards and condo corporations in collections and enforcement matters
  • advising owners on all manner of items
  • bylaw review, drafting and amendment
  • "rules" (policies and procedures) drafting
  • assisting with condo loan transactions
  • assess and advise on relations between condo corporations and developers
  • assist in all matters related to new construction of condos
  • assist in negotiating and drafting shared use agreements as between neighbouring condo corporations
  • advise on municipal agreements and obligations
  • Assist with insurance-related matters including recovery of insurance deductibles for condo corporations and chargebacks
  • advise on issues related to tenants, including evictions and collection of arrears.
  • assist with short term rental (Air BnB) issues
  • assist with insurance claims
  • advise on the interpretation and application of bylaws

Residential and Commercial Real Estate Development 

  • negotiating the initial land acquisition
  • assisting with mezzanine financing via private lenders and bond/mortgage unit offers
  • representing both buyers and sellers in multi-million dollar commercial transactions for a wide variety of properties
  • construction financing with chartered banks and other lenders
  • preparing purchase agreement and disclosure document packages
  • assisting with matters related to condominium plan registration
  • dealing with all matters related to closing thousands of individual unit sales
  • financing for bulk lot purchases
  • setting up Home Owners Associations
  • draw/construction mortgages
  • preparation of the contract for sales to individual purchasers
  • dealing with holdback issues and closing the sale to ultimate purchasers

 Corporate and Commercial Services 

  • acting on behalf of a Tier 1 Canadian lenders for commercial lending transactions
  • acting for municipalities on matters related to development agreements, subdivision and land dedication issues,
  • reviewing and drafting agreements for registration on title;
  • bylaw advice and drafting;
  • assisting in the creation of and operation of regional service commissions, and inter-municipal agreements
  • incorporation, asset and share purchase and sale agreements, lease review, dealing with all manner of contracts in respect of the operation of a business generally, and probate work 

Education & Personal Interests

David was born in Holland, but came to Canada at a young age and grew up on an acreage just outside Sherwood Park. He attended the University of Alberta, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1995 (history, with a focus on Canadian history) and his Bachelor of Laws in 1998. He loves to travel, including in particular regular trips to Holland, and enjoys camping, cycling and most things related to cars, including driving them. 

Legal Services

  • Condominium Development - Commercial and Residential
  • Commercial Real Estate - Purchase, Sale and Financing
  • Commercial Lending
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Municipal - all matters related to Land Development
  • Municipal - Bylaw drafting, review, and enforcement
  • Corporate - Contract review and drafting; employment related issues; share transactions
  • Probate and Represented Adult Applications

Memberships & Associations

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association: Member, Real Estate Sections
  • Certifying Acceptance Agent for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Volunteer Instructor at Metro Continuing Education: teaching a course about mortgages and a course on tips prior to building a home or condo
  • Allen Gray Continuing Care Centre: Board Member, Property Committee Chair, Policy Committee Member
  • Canadian Condominium Institute: Member, Northern Alberta Chapter
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