Bio

Frank’s very active practice has been restricted exclusively to corporate and commercial, tax, tax dispute resolution, wills, estates, corporate governance, charities and not-for-profits, and trust law from its inception. In addition, he has taught taxation law for the Law Society of Manitoba, the University of Manitoba Law School and elsewhere in various capacities since 1980. He is currently the Law School’s Course Head for its third-year Corporate Tax course. He was also a Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and Certified General Accountants Association of Manitoba.

Frank is recognized as a trusted adviser. He is well known and sought out for his proactive, innovative and creative tax, charities, not-for-profits, corporate and commercial, corporate governance, trust and will advice that is considered to be ahead of the curve.

He is also a strong believer in Philanthropy and giving back to the community.

Frank is both Judicial and Peer Rated with the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards by Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell.

Frank has thrice been the Best Lawyers™ Tax Lawyer of the Year (Winnipeg), receiving the award in 2012, 2016 and 2018. He is consistently recognized by his peers as a Best Lawyers™ lawyer in the area of Tax, Trusts (Wills) Estates, and Corporate Governance.  

  • Primary Practice Area

    Taxation

  • Services

    Charities and Not-For-Profits

    Construction

    Corporate and Commercial Law

    Corporate Development

    Taxation

    Trusts, Estates and Fiduciary Obligations

  • Education

    L.L.B., University of Manitoba

    B. Comm. (Hons.), University of Manitoba

  • Industries

    Agribusiness

    Cannabis

    Charities & Not-For-Profit

    Construction

    Manufacturing

    Real Estate & Property Development

    Start-ups

  • Bar Admissions

    Manitoba, 1980

  • Achievements

    Frank Lavitt received the Best Lawyers™ 2012, 2016, and 2018 Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year” award in Winnipeg

    Frank Lavitt has been consistently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada in the fields of Tax Law, Trusts and Estates (Wills) & Corporate Governance Practice

    City of Winnipeg Community Service Award, 2019

    Honouree Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble Concert, 2017

    ISSA Award,2015

    Chief Justice Robson Award, 1979

    University Gold Medal, 1976

    Alumni Scholarship, 1976

    Dean’s Honour List, Faculty of Administrative Studies, 1975 & 1976

  • In the Community

    Tax Appeals Commission of Manitoba, Commissioner

    Appeals Committee of Chartered Professional Accountants Manitoba, Member

    Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Manitoba Tax Committee, Member

    Mount Carmel Clinic Foundation Inc., Director

    Meals on Wheels of Winnipeg, Director

    Audit Committee of the Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education, Chair

    Winnipeg Library Foundation, Inc., Founding Director and Honorary Solicitor

    Winnipeg Chinese Cultural & Community Centre Inc., Director

    Islamic Social Services Association of Manitoba, Advisory Committee

    Jewish Learning Institute, Director 

    Certified General Accountants Association of Manitoba, Former Governor

    Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, Past Chair

    Canadian Tax Foundation, Former Governor

    Victoria General Hospital Foundation; Former Director

    University of Manitoba, Planned Giving Committee, Former Member

    Jewish National Fund, Former Director

    Jewish Child & Family Services, Former Director

    Canadian Bar Association, Tax Section, Chair (1984-1990)

  • Legal Teachings

    University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, Third Year Corporate Tax Course, Course Head and Sessional Lecturer.

    Law Society of Manitoba: Bar Admission Course, Lecturer in Taxation (1980-1985, 1991-1992)

    Law Society of Manitoba Continuing Education: “Retirement Compensation Arrangements, Employee Profit sharing Plans and Health & Welfare Trusts”; “Tax Aspects of Litigation”; “Tax for the General Practitioner”

    Certified General Accountants of Manitoba: “Domestic Trust Tax Planning Strategies”, “The Proposed Civil Penalty Provisions for Tax Practitioners”

    Video Tax News, Assorted Current Topics

    Meyers Norris Penny continuing education seminar: “RRSP’s investing in small businesses”

    Canadian Association of Family Enterprises: “Tax Planning for Succession”

    Canadian Tax Foundation Annual Tax Conference: “Getting Dollars Out of Closely Held Businesses”

    Reed Stenhouse Limited lunch hour seminars: “Tax Aspects of Insurance”

    Canadian Tax Foundation, Prairie Provinces Tax Conference: “The Alternative Minimum Tax”

    Equitable Life Insurance Company Annual Convention: “Tax Planning for the Life Insurance Representative”

    Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada Annual Convention: “Tax Planning for the Small Businessman”

    Estate Planning Council of Winnipeg: “Inter Vivos Trusts”, Testamentary Trusts, Alter Ego Trusts

    Suncorp Equities Inc. Seminar: “Canadians Investing in U.S. Real Estate”

    University of Winnipeg Continuing Education Division: “Tax Planning for the Individual”

    Manitoba Mid-Winter Bar Convention: “The Small Business Rules”; “The Recent Amendments”

    The Toronto-Dominion Bank Manitoba and North West Ontario Region Managers’ Convention: “Tax Planning for Bank Managers”

  • Associations

    • Canadian Bar Association
    • Manitoba Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Law Society of Manitoba
    • Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners
    • Canadian Tax Foundation
    • Chartered Professional Accountants Manitoba
    • The Associates of the Asper School of Business
    • Canadian Association of Law Teachers