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Nicholas Tollefson
Nicholas Tollefson Associate | Vancouver

About Nick

Nick has a broad litigation practice, with a particular focus on complex commercial, regulatory, and administrative law disputes.

In his commercial litigation practice, Nick has acted for clients in disputes regarding contracts, real estate transactions, commercial leasing, claims of fraud and bribery, construction and infrastructure projects, injunctions, and a wide range of general civil litigation matters.

In his regulatory and administrative law practice, Nick has particular expertise in disputes regarding the environment and Indigenous rights and title. He works on contaminated sites litigation, judicial reviews of environmental assessment and regulatory permitting decisions, and   defending clients charged with environmental and other regulatory offences. 

Nick has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in British Columbia, as well as the courts of Alberta and Yukon. He also represents clients in proceedings before administrative boards and tribunals. Prior to joining Blakes, Nick developed a keen understanding of the governmental regulatory process while working as a policy analyst at a provincial regulator within the BC Ministry of the Attorney General.

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Environmental Law

  • Part of counsel team for a government agency and statutory decision maker in a complex civil action relating to remediation clean up criteria and regulatory management of a contaminated site

  • Counsel to an international mining company in responding to a complex Fisheries Act investigation regarding releases of mine-impacted water

  • Counsel to a utilities company in responding to a Fisheries Act investigation arising from a spill from utility infrastructure

  • Part of counsel team for a real estate development company in obtaining a successful summary trial verdict on the interpretation of a contractual indemnity regarding environmental contamination

  • Counsel to an energy production company defending an application for judicial review of a pipeline permit amendment

Indigenous Law

  • Counsel to an Indigenous group seeking judicial review of an environmental assessment decision before the Yukon Supreme Court

  • Counsel to a large pipeline company engaging an Indigenous group in mediation and alternative dispute resolution

Commercial Litigation

  • Part of counsel team for an international mining company in successfully defending an application for an injunction to prevent the transaction of business under a joint venture agreement

  • Counsel to a commercial tenant in a dispute regarding the negotiation and formation of a commercial lease agreement

  • Counsel to an Indigenous group pursuing claims of fraud and bribery against former fiduciaries and officers

  • Counsel to a commercial landlord in defending an unlawful termination claim brought by a former tenant


  • Part of arbitration counsel team for an owner defending a C$1-billion ICC arbitration claim regarding construction of energy infrastructure

  • Part of arbitration counsel team for an independent power producer in a contractual dispute regarding an energy purchase agreement

Constitutional & Charter of Rights

  • Counsel to the Federation of Law Societies in successfully obtaining an injunction providing a temporary constitutional exemption to legislation imposing new regulatory disclosure obligations on lawyers: 2023 BCSC 2068

  • Counsel to a charitable organization seeking leave to appeal a Fisheries Act conviction based on Charter and evidentiary issues

Professional Activities

Nick is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Vancouver Bar Association and The Advocates' Society.

Admitted to the Alberta Bar – 2023
Admitted to the Yukon Bar – 2022
Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 2021
JD, University of Victoria – 2020
BAH (Psychology), Queen's University – 2016
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