As the footprint of human activity on Earth continues to grow, the role of environmental lawyers is more important than ever. In Canada, a country with a diverse environment and rich natural resources, the need for experienced legal minds to navigate issues surrounding environmental protection and regulation is particularly acute. Here, we shine a light on some of the most renowned environmental lawyers in Canada – those at the forefront of tackling complex legal questions concerning our environment, our resources, and our future.
These professionals come from a variety of backgrounds, and their areas of expertise span the full range of issues that environmental law encompasses. They stand out for their depth of knowledge, their forward-thinking approaches, and their commitment to helping their clients navigate the complexities of environmental legislation, regulation, and compliance.
Below, we delve into the profiles of these accomplished individuals, providing insight into their respected firms and specialties.
Brad Armstrong KC
Lawson Lundell LLP‘s Brad Armstrong KC is a Vancouver-based maestro who is adept at aiding clients with environmental assessment reviews, including public hearing phases. Armstrong’s forte is primarily serving mining and oil pipeline companies, on projects located in the Canadian North.
From the Vancouver office of McMillan LLP, Robin Junger offers expert advice on a broad spectrum of environmental and Aboriginal law spaces.
Positioned in Toronto, Stikeman Elliott LLP‘s Patrick Duffy counsels clients on environmental assessments and contamination issues and has a broader focus on project development and energy regulatory matters. Clients admire Duffy for his detail-oriented approach and practical solutions.
Leonard Griffiths of Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto excels in regulatory and compliance matters. He has vast experience advising on the environmental considerations of corporate transactions and has earned praise for his work on land contamination and hazardous products.
Robert Daigneault of Daigneault, avocats inc in Québec is famed for his adept handling of environmental litigation and extensive work representing energy and natural resources companies. Daigneault’s background as a biologist provides exceptional insight into his legal work.
Nicholas Hughes, based in Vancouver and affiliated with McCarthy Tétrault LLP, is an experienced environmental litigator known for managing issues at the intersection of transportation and environmental law.
Rodney Northey of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, proficient in regulatory issues, assists with environmental approvals and waste management for both private and public clients. He is the head of the firm’s environmental law group and operates from both Toronto and Vancouver offices.
Bryan Buttigieg of Miller Thomson LLP commands a strong reputation in dealing with a wide variety of environmental issues in both contentious and non-contentious settings. Vaughan-based Buttigieg is particularly experienced in cases related to environmental damage and brownfield redevelopment.
Clifford Proudfoot KC
Lawson Lundell LLP‘s Clifford Proudfoot KC, based in Vancouver, offers his expertise in a range of matters including environmental assessments and court challenges to the issuance of mining permits. Proudfoot also serves as the firm’s managing partner.
Vancouver-based Gary Letcher from Letcher Akelaitis LLP draws applause for his handling of a vast array of environmental matters, with his expertise stretching across land contamination, environmental assessments and waste management.
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