OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

Corporations, municipalities and individuals charged with environmental offences or named in government compliance and remediation orders regularly call upon the Blakes Environmental group to defend them. Combining the courtroom skills of our nationally recognized trial and appellate litigators with the comprehensive knowledge and expertise of our environmental regulatory lawyers, Blakes offers a multidisciplinary team poised to handle the most complex environmental litigation. With excellent paralegal support, cutting-edge document management technology and a project management and e-discovery team, we handle large, document-intensive cases efficiently and cost-effectively.

Clients benefit from our extensive experience litigating a wide range of claims, including those related to property remediation and decontamination, oil and gasoline spills, storage and transportation of hazardous materials, noise and odour nuisances, insurance coverage for environmental damage, and professional negligence concerning environmental and engineering consulting services. We also represent clients in a broad spectrum of other environmental and occupational health and safety matters.

Blakes has successfully handled significant environmental litigation involving all major environmental laws. We have represented clients with respect to major environmental catastrophes such as the contamination of the drinking water in Walkerton, Ontario, a gasoline spill that caused the evacuation of the city of Timmins and coal tar contamination in Ottawa. We also frequently appear on behalf of clients at regulatory and administrative hearings, advise on permitting, approvals, licences, assessments, audits, investigations and regulatory compliance, and represent clients in arbitrations and mediations.

Clients rely on us throughout their business life cycle for risk-avoidance strategies as well as representation when disputes arise. From fact-finding and risk evaluation through final resolution and enforcement, our lawyers assert our clients’ interests at trial and appellate levels, in court, at the negotiating table, and before tribunals and government agencies.


Representative Matters

  • Represented a regional municipality in both prosecutions and civil litigation arising from a coal tar contaminated site.
  • Acted for a national petroleum company with respect to charges and administrative penalties concerning the construction of pipelines and river crossings in Alberta.
  • Defended an international tire manufacturing company with respect to industrial disease claims alleging asbestosis.
  • Represented a national petroleum company, handling the defence and appeal of charges concerning a major gasoline spill and related property damage, business loss and pollution of a river.
  • Advised a national manufacturer concerning litigation by a municipality over contamination of land in an industrial park leased by a predecessor company many years earlier.
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3328
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Energy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3393
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Corporate & Commercial, Mining, Mining, Energy, Energy, Oil & Gas, Aboriginal
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3349
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Environmental, Mining, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Environmental, Aboriginal, International Trade
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9682
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Shareholder Activism, Environmental, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Power, Power
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9645
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Energy, Capital Markets
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4133
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Environmental, Mining, Aboriginal, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9768
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Environmental, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Mining, Power, Environmental, Mining, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Aboriginal
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4601
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental, Energy, Energy, Mining, Environmental, Aboriginal, Environmental
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3379
Areas of Expertise: Aboriginal, Environmental, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3333
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Energy, Environmental, Environmental, Power, Oil & Gas, Mining, Forestry, Australia, Mining, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Aboriginal
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4177
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mining, Environmental, Aboriginal, International Trade, Environmental
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4033
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Oil & Gas, Power, Mining, Mining, Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Aboriginal, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9710
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Power, Environmental, Aboriginal
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2938
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Tax, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Communications, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Manufacturing, Mining, Mining, Environmental, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Cannabis, Environmental, Aboriginal
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3868
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Commercial Real Estate, Power, Automotive, Manufacturing, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Mining, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Mining, Mining, Cannabis, Aboriginal
Partner | Montréal, Toronto
Montréal: 514-982-4002
Toronto: 416-863-4003
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental, Mining, Plan Nord, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Forestry, Mining, Mining, Aboriginal, Environmental
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4220
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Construction, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy, Environmental, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mining, Mining, Mining, Mining, Oil & Gas, Aboriginal, Government & Public Sector
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9618
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Environmental, Communications
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4291
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental, Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Aboriginal
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9742
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Environmental, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Aboriginal
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9635
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Aboriginal, Energy, Energy, Energy, Environmental, Environmental, Aboriginal
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9633
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Environmental, Environmental, Oil & Gas, Power, Mining, Mining, Mining, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Aboriginal, Environmental
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4258
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Environmental
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9698
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, Commercial Real Estate, Environmental, Banking, Oil & Gas
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4103
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Environmental
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