Canada: Environment 2018

In this chapter, we shine the spotlight on 69 leading environmental lawyers who have been highlighted for their expert advice on projects, transactions, risk management and regulatory compliance.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Leonard J Griffiths Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto
2. Jonathan W Kahn Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto
3. Charles Kazaz Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Montreal
4. Sarah V Powell Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Toronto
5. John D Stefaniuk Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, Winnipeg
6. Paul R Cassidy McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver

Gowling WLG sees seven lawyers listed here for their excellence in the environmental space.
Harry Dahme is “certainly a leader” in the environmental field. He is known for his broad knowledge spanning a range of environmental law issues and his deep expertise in chemical substances cases.
Mark Madras stands out as “a truly excellent lawyer” who impresses peers with his “high-calibre work” in hazardous substances and contaminated sites.
Wally Braul is “very well known in the market” according to respondents who commend his impressive work advising clients on environment-related regulation and litigation.
Jennifer Danahy is “an up-and-coming name” in the environmental field according to peers, who consider her “really excellent” when it comes to handling chemicals, contaminated land and permit-related matters.

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers achieves seven listings in this chapter.
The “very talented” Donna Shier is a prominent figure in the Canadian market, who draws praise for he extensive experience advising leading industrial companies. She has a strong dispute resolution practice encompassing litigation and mediation.
Marc McAree is a widely respected environmental lawyer who is “definitely” among the top tier of practitioners in Canada, according to peers who speak highly of his excellent litigation practice. 
Julie Abouchar is a seasoned expert in indigenous and energy-related matters. She enjoys a strong reputation in the market and is endorsed for her “superb work on Aboriginal-related matters”.

Blake Cassels & Graydon achieves five nominations in this chapter.
Jonathan Kahn is “an absolute must for inclusion” according to sources, who commend his impressive work handling complex environmental regulatory proceedings and litigation.
Charles Kazaz is one of the foremost environment lawyers in Canada and is highly respected for his leading expertise in transactions, regulatory and compliance matters.
Tony Crossman stands out among peers for his extensive experience advising clients on environmental compliance, regulation and litigation.

Bennett Jones is home to four highly respected practitioners.  
Leonard Griffiths draws praise as an “absolutely outstanding” environmental health and safety lawyer. With his strong practice, he is one of the most “well-known and respected” figures in Canada.
Sarah Gilbert is commended as “an excellent environmental lawyer” who is known for her “superb deal counsel” encompassing approval and permitting matters, environmental assessments, and health and safety.
Brad Gilmour is “a very well-respected figure” in the market. He has a broad regulatory practice and is well versed in a range of energy and natural resources projects.
Radha Curpen stands out as a very well-recognised environmental lawyer who wins high praise for her extensive expertise handling sophisticated regulatory matters.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg achieves two listings in this section.
Sarah Powell is widely regarded as “the leading lawyer in Ontario” by peers, who speak highly of her “outstanding” environmental practice encompassing transactional and permitting advice.
Alexandria Pike is highlighted as “a real standout” in the Canadian market for her expertise in environmental risk management and transactions.

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman also sees two experts listed here.
John Stefaniuk is commended as “the leading name in Manitoba” for sophisticated environmental advice surrounding real estate developments and energy projects. He has a strong administrative practice and is regularly engaged to advise on environmental approvals and licensing matters.
Sheryl Rosenberg is highlighted as “very strong, capable counsel” and draws praise for her knowledge spanning “a very broad range of issues” including approvals, licensing and compliance.

Fasken achieves two listings in this chapter.
Rosalind Cooper is well known as “a leading practitioner” in Toronto and draws high praise for her strong compliance practice and expertise in contaminated land disputes.
With decades of experience, Pierre Meunier is a “very well-respected” environmental law adviser who is known for his expertise in crisis management and for his strong environmental approvals practice.

This year’s research highlights four experts from McCarthy Tétrault.
Paul Cassidy is widely endorsed as “a major environmental player”, by peers, who speak highly of his “outstanding” work in the space. His practice includes transactional advice, regulatory matters and dispute resolution.
Nicholas Hughes is known for his well-established dispute resolution practice and deep expertise in environmental litigation. He is highlighted for his excellent work on toxic torts, regulatory matters and prosecution defence.

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada is home to Alan Harvie, “a true environmental lawyer” who draws praise for his “fantastic” practice spanning commercial and regulatory matters.
Jean Piette is a well-experienced environmental law adviser who comes highly recommended by sources for his strong expertise in related applications, permits and transactions.
Janet Bobechko impresses market commentators who commend her expert handling of a range of environmental law matters from impact assessments to M&A transactions.

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt’s Shawn Denstedt QC is a go-to lawyer at the firm and comes highly recommended as “the best lawyer in Alberta” for his expertise in energy and mining projects and related environmental matters.
Peers speak highly of Richard King’s specialist knowledge of the energy sector. He advises on major projects and is well versed in regulatory matters surrounding infrastructure projects and product stewardship.

Miller Thomson achieves three listings in this chapter.
Bryan Buttigieg stands out as “a go-to lawyer” with an excellent tort litigation practice. Peers say, “He is very well known for his work acting for big oil companies.”
Tamara Farber is a highly regarded environmental litigator who draws praise for “her strong expertise as both deal and litigation counsel”.
John Tidball is regarded by sources as “a highly experienced environmental litigator” and enjoys an excellent reputation for providing top-quality advice to clients from the public and private sectors.

Stikeman Elliott’s Larry Cobb is widely endorsed as “a high-calibre and very talented lawyer”. He boasts wide-ranging experience advising on environmental liabilities in large-scale transactions.

At Letcher Akelaitis, Gary Letcher is renowned as “one of the very best environmental lawyers in British Columbia” among peers, who describe him as “a leading name” in the field.

Brad Armstrong is a well-recognised figure at Lawson Lundell with a broad environmental practice. He is highlighted as “a well-known expert who should be on everyone’s list”.

Alex MacWilliam of Dentons Canada is “a very well-respected environmental lawyer” with extensive experience in regulatory approvals and compliance matters. Peers say, “He really knows the area.”

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