Ehsan Monfared

Legal Counsel

t: (416) 681-9300

c: (647) 236-6500

f: (647) 343-9229


Ehsan completed his Juris Doctor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law. In his final year he studied, among other courses, private international air law and airline business law at the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law. Prior to attending law school, Ehsan obtained a B.Sc. in Technical Management, summa cum laude, from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Ehsan also holds a Diploma of Airline and Flight Operations from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and is also the holder of a Canadian commercial pilot licence with multi-engine IFR rating.

During his Articles with YYZlaw, Ehsan benefited from a varied work placement which exposed him to litigation at one of Toronto’s top litigation boutiques, as well exposure to the areas of corporate and commercial law with another Toronto-based law firm.

Ehsan counsels both public and private companies in the aviation industry on all types of commercial transactions and regulatory matters. He acts for Canadian aircraft and aircraft parts manufacturers in negotiating supply agreements and advises companies on their commercial and legal risks.  Ehsan is also extensively involved with business aircraft transactions, and his experience includes the negotiation of agreements pertaining to aircraft purchases and dispositions, aircraft and engine maintenance and overhaul, engine and parts purchase, lease, consignment and sale, and aircraft interiors procurement, where he has represented clients on both the buy-side and the sell-side. Ehsan also currently acts for several Canadian lessors of aircraft, acting as transactional counsel on domestic and international aircraft leasing operations.

A significant part of his practice is devoted to his clients in the commercial air travel sector and he is also involved in the licensing of over twenty new foreign air operators with Transport Canada. Ehsan also has considerable experience drafting tariff and terms and conditions for various air carriers, and negotiating contracts on behalf of his airline clients pertaining to premium passenger services, customer-loyalty programs, car rental and lodging accommodations systems and partnerships, and regional capacity outsourcing.

Ehsan is particularly passionate about volunteerism and community service. Within the aviation and travel industries, Ehsan presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), as well as the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Air and Space Law Section. Outside the aviation and travel industries, Ehsan has traveled to places as far as Mombasa, Kenya and Rigolet, Newfoundland to engage in volunteer projects.

Participation in Aviation Industry Related Groups & Associations

  • Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA): Member and Panel Attorney (Canada), 2015-Present
  • Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC)
  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA): Chair, Air & Space Law Section, 2018-2019
  • Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA): Member of the Board of  Directors, 2017-Present
  • National Business Aviation Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
  • Unmanned Systems Canada (USC)