“I firmly believe in meaningful relationships with clients, with other lawyers and having strong connections with the community, as an opportunity to learn about my clients’ businesses. ”

Paul De Francesca

About Us

De Francesca Law

De Francesca Law was founded by Paul De Francesca in 2004 as a boutique law firm dedicated to the practice of real estate law. With prior hands-on Bay Street experience of sophisticated real estate and mortgage transactions, Paul provides the expertise and guidance to lead his commercial and residential real estate and mortgage law practice in a demanding and highly competitive business environment.

Under his leadership, the firm represents institutional and private lenders, developers, builders, investors, landlords and property owners across Ontario. With every engagement, the firm’s tightly knit team of lawyers, clerks and staff collaborate seamlessly, to ensure the desired results for clients.


De Francesca Law is dedicated to delivering the best possible service and securing optimal results for its clients in an efficient and cost-effective manner. As a specialist real estate and mortgage law firm, we have the knowledge, expertise and experience to understand the unique needs of each of our clients and to produce innovative, practical legal solutions that will help them succeed. The quality of these relationships is the defining feature of our business and the key to its continuing success.

We are committed to the spirit of excellence, teamwork and advancing a culture of efficiency and service that puts the needs of the client first.

The Team

“I firmly believe meaningful relationships represent the best opportunity to have a positive impact on my clients’ businesses. With an in-depth understanding of their needs, you can provide informed advice that will help them to succeed.”

Paul De Francesca

Paul De Francesca

Paul De Francesca is the founder and owner of De Francesca Law, the boutique real estate law practice he established in 2004. Prior to launching his own firm, Paul worked in numerous large law practices on Bay Street in Toronto’s financial district, where he mastered the complexities of commercial and residential real estate and mortgage law, and meeting the needs of clients. In addition, he has worked in the planning departments for the Town of Markham and the City of Toronto.

Paul holds a BAA degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Ryerson University, and earned his LLB degree from the University of Windsor in 1998. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2000. He is the co-author, with John Mascarin, of Annotated Land Development Agreements and a regular contributor to a variety of legal journals dealing with commercial real estate and land development.

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“Our clients benefit from superior service based on our specialized legal expertise and experience in dealing with real estate transactions. The overarching goal is to create solutions that will help them realize their objectives and allow their businesses to grow.”

Amanda Carpenter

Amanda Carpenter
Associate Lawyer

Amanda Carpenter is a real estate lawyer and an associate lawyer with the firm. Since her Call to the Bar, she has worked in real estate law with different firms throughout the GTA. In her present capacity, she assists clients in purchasing and selling property, drafting wills and providing general legal advice, while she gains experience in land development. She is a regular contributor to Real Estate and Mortgage Report, the firm’s e-newsletter, writing on general interest real estate issues and current trends in the Toronto market.

Amanda holds a BA degree in Computer Science and Humanities from McGill University and earned her JD degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in 2012. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2013. Amanda is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Real Property Section.

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“The balance between outstanding client service and specialized legal expertise is the defining feature of De Francesca Law. We understand that timely service, attention to detail and good communication are essential in forging client satisfaction and lasting relationships.”

Alicja Kachnicz

Alicja Kachnicz
Law Clerk

Alicja Kachnicz has worked as a real estate law clerk since 2003. Prior to joining De Francesca Law in 2014, she worked in the legal field for several years, most recently for TitlePlus, where she gained invaluable experience in both real estate and mortgage law and expertise in delivering client satisfaction to the firm’s clientele. She has significant experience in a wide range of commercial real estate and mortgage matters, as well as in residential purchase, sales and refinancing, and in closing private mortgage transactions. Alicja is an honours graduate from the Law Clerk program at Humber College.

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“Our success stems from a blend of large firm expertise and small firm service. As a small firm, we offer clients sound legal advice with the highest level of attention at reasonable fees. They value our personalized service and count on us to work hard to help them achieve their goals.”

Seema Mahfooz

Seema Mahfooz
Law Clerk

Seema Mahfooz has worked as a real estate & will and estate law clerk since 2010. Prior to joining De Francesca Law in 2017, she served in a similar capacity for several years, working on various residential and commercial real estate transactions and drafting Wills and Powers of Attorney on behalf of clients. Before becoming a law clerk, Seema worked as a legal assistant for a variety of law firms, assisting lawyers in the drafting of agreements and working independently on miscellaneous legal matters. She has a B.A. in Arts from the University of Karachi-Pakistan in 1995 and gained her Paralegal Diploma from Career Canada College in 2003.

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“With every engagement, my goal is to deliver exceptional service as the cornerstone of our offering to give our clients what they need. From start to finish, we work closely with them to understand their needs, manage their expectations and create solutions that work for them.”

Debbie Pereira

Debbie Pereira
Office Administrator & Reception

Debbie Pereira is the face and voice of De Francesca Law. For more than 30 years, she has devoted her career in delivering excellence in office administration and quality customer service. Prior to De Francesca Law, Debbie worked in financial services and the construction and engineering sector in customer service. In her current role, she ensures that the needs of clients are always addressed efficiently and in a timely, professional manner.

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Community Involvement

As one of Toronto’s leading boutique real estate law firms, De Francesca Law is committed not only to excellence in legal service for our clients but also in showing leadership in engagement in the communities where we do business. Our firm is dedicated to promoting activities that have a meaningful positive impact on our neighbourhoods and we support their growth.

Philanthropy and the spirit of giving back is a core value at De Francesca Law. We are proud of our growing tradition of community support and sponsorship of several bursaries and educational awards. These include:

  • The University of Windsor Faculty of Law annual real estate award and bursary
  • The De La Salle College “Oaklands” annual award and bursary for legal excellence
  • The Frankland Community School annual award and bursary, and
  • Sponsorship of the De Francesca Law Lions team in the Withrow Park Ball Hockey League.

In addition, the firm sponsors many other schools, community events and organizations across Greater Toronto, including the Riverdale Share Concert, the De La Salle Theatre, the Frankland Fun Fair and The Withrow Project.