“When we talk about the art of law, we’re really talking about excellence. It’s elevating the practice of law to an art form. That’s what makes us stand apart.” - Jim Mahler

James Mahler Partner

Whether your deal is closing in a week or is part of a lengthy transaction over several months, you can count on Jim Mahler’s experienced oversight and diligence to protect your interests and help you achieve your goals.

A collaborative approach to the practice of law.

For Jim Mahler, the reward of the job comes from taking care of his clients, many of whom he counts among his friends. When Friday afternoon rolls around and there’s been a new development in a deal, Jim’s the first one to email back with a quick, “we’re on it,” and “enjoy your weekend.” Or, even better, “see you on the golf course.”

As part of the corporate, commercial and real estate teams at Scarfone Hawkins, Jim acts for institutional and private lenders, landlords, developers, builders, manufacturers, distributors, professional service providers and small businesses. He brings his team-oriented style to every file, from mergers and acquisitions to divestitures and reorganizations.

The priority Jim places on interpersonal relationships becomes a competitive advantage for his clients.

Jim’s focus is on putting together a convincing strategy based on years of experience. “I’ll never go into a meeting like a pit bull,” he says. “It’s better to help the other side see it my way than tell them, ‘this is the way it is’.”

Featured Work

Jim acted for the lender in a $60 million construction financing and lease-up of a new power centre in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

He acted for the vendor in a multi-million dollar severance and sale of industrial facilities and businesses located in the GTHA, including securing the required municipal approvals for the sale.

He acted for the developer of a 186-unit residential condominium located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including approvals, construction and unit sales.

Jim acted as lead counsel for the Ontario-based purchaser of an Alberta-based automotive sales and leasing business with operations in four other provinces.

He acted for the developer in a public-private partnership for the construction and partial sale of a seniors’ affordable housing and municipal building in the GTA, including a strata severance.

Jim provided the title opinion in support of $2 billion U.S. in financing that was secured by a 1,000 acre, 100-plus-year-old industrial property.

" Q: Artistic style that best represents your approach to law."

− A: “My favourite art is photography. I'm a very concrete, practical person. A realist.”

" Q: Recent changes that are having the biggest impact on your practice."

− A: “I’d have to say technology. It enables us to be so much more efficient and productive but it can take away the personal nature of the business. That’s why we schedule full-team face-to-face meetings with some of our clients. It's a great way to stay on top of the file and connect in a personal way.”