Douglas B. Kelly


  • Environmental Law

  • Municipal, Land Development & Expropriation

  • Real Estate & Development


About Douglas

Douglas Kelly is a real estate and development lawyer in Ottawa. As a member of our Municipal, Land Development & Expropriation, Doug has worked both for private and public sector corporations including the former City of Ottawa and Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton. He has also represented many municipalities in Eastern Ontario and the new City of Ottawa. He has represented numerous major builders and developers in Ottawa and throughout Ontario.

In the area of expropriation law, Doug is a member of the Ontario Expropriation Association and has represented municipalities, expropriating authorities and expropriated parties on numerous major expropriation matters including the appeals of those matters to the Courts. Doug has also been appointed by the Minister of Justice as a Federal Hearing Inquiry Officer.

Doug has presented papers to the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA), Ontario Expropriation Association and Insight.  He has also lectured in the Municipal Law at the University of Ottawa.

In 2022 Doug has been recognized for his work as a solicitor by the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA) presenting him the Abe Feinstein Award. He has also been awarded the OBA Barnet Kussner Award of Excellence in Municipal Law. Doug has also achieved The Bar Umbrella for members of the CCLA who have celebrated the 50th anniversary of their call to the Bar.

Call to Bar 1971


  • LLB, University of Ottawa (1969)
  • B.A., Carleton University (1966)


Ottawa Office



Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Past President of Lambda Alpha International (Ottawa Chapter)
  • Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association
  • Ontario Expropriation Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association


  • Canadian Bar Association – Development Matters
  • Ontario Expropriation Association
  • Insight Land Development and Planning Law Conference
  • Doug Kelly and Christine Enta, “Use of Section 37 in the City of Ottawa”, Land Development & Planning Law Conference, June 2013.