“Building strong, meaningful relationships with clients, other lawyers and forging close connections with the community is our best opportunity to really understand our clients and their 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 delivers the best possible service and securing optimal results for its clients in an efficient and cost-effective manner. As a dedicated 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

“Meaningful relationships are the best opportunity for us to have a positive impact on my clients’ businesses. Only with an in-depth understanding of their needs, can you provide the informed advice that will help them succeed.”

Paul De Francesca

Paul De Francesca

Paul De Francesca is the founder and owner of De Francesca Law, a leading boutique real estate law practice he established in 2004. Located in Toronto’s Danforth community, De Francesca Law is known for its expertise and knowledge of real estate and mortgage law across the Greater Toronto Area, the quality of its client service and track record for getting results. Under his leadership, the firm provides leading-edge commercial and residential real estate and mortgage law services to institutional and private lenders, developers, builders, investors, landlords and property owners across the province.

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. For more information and details on how to purchase, click here.

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“Our clients benefit from the superior service we provide, based on our technical expertise and experience in dealing with real estate transactions. We create solutions for them that can realize their objectives and help 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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“At De Francesca Law, we provide our clients a good balance between expert legal advice and personal service at very attractive rates. We recognize attention to detail and effective communication are the cornerstones for delivering quality service and forging lasting client relationships.”

Alicja Kachnicz

Alicja Kachnicz
Senior Law Clerk

Alicja Kachnicz is an accomplished senior law clerk with significant expertise in real estate and mortgage law dating back to 2003. Prior to joining De Francesca Law in 2014, she worked for TitlePlus, where she gained broad and invaluable experience in this growing field and in the areas of administration and client service. Alicja possesses an in-depth legal knowledge of commercial real estate and mortgage issues, as well as in expertise in residential purchase, sales and refinancing, and in closing private mortgage transactions. She is an honours graduate of the Law Clerk Program at the Faculty of Business, Humber College.

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“Our success is the combination of large firm expertise and small firm service. At De Francesca Law, we offer clients quality legal advice and attention at reasonable fees. They value our premium personalized service and rely on us to get results that they need.”

Bruno Esposito
Law Clerk

Bruno Esposito is a law clerk with over nine years of experience with various boutique law firms across the GTA. Prior to joining De Francesca Law in 2021, he worked variously as a law clerk in different wills and estates, corporate and real estate law practices in Toronto. His broad expertise includes real estate transactions, corporate law matters, and in Wills and Estates, including drafting of wills and powers of attorney, probate applications and estate administration. He holds an honours law clerk diploma from Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and is a recipient of multiple awards for academic achievement in the program. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a B.Sc. in microbiology and human biology.

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“My goal is to provide our clients with exceptional service and to ensure that they always have what they need, when they need it. From start to finish, we work closely with them to manage their expectations and create the solutions they require.”

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 to achieving excellence in office administration and providing quality customer service. Prior to joining De Francesca Law, Debbie worked in financial services and the construction and engineering sector in the customer service field. 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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