Stikeman Elliott
Litigation and Advocacy
Environmental Litigation
We routinely advise and represent corporations, officers, directors and employees in connection with all types of environmental issues, including regulatory investigations, search warrants, governmental orders, and toxic torts. We have extensive experience with property remediation/decontamination, spills, hazardous material storage and transportation, obtaining environmental permits, compliance with environmental standards and associated environmental and occupational health and safety issues.

We regularly represent clients who have been charged with environmental or occupational health and safety offences or appear before environmental tribunals, including as part of the federal and/or provincial environmental assessment process.

We also regularly assist and represent clients in mediation and/or arbitration in an attempt to settle environmental disputes without having to resort to the courts.

Some of the litigation matters that we have been involved with include:

  • Representing a large multinational auto parts manufacturer in litigation involving chlorinated solvent groundwater contamination, including negotiating and appealing government orders, litigation with neighbours and negotiations with other third parties;

  • Representing a large multinational service station operator with regard to a number of environmental issues that have arisen as a result of the historic operation of these stations, including dealing with government agencies, negotiating and appealing government orders, and litigation;

  • Acting for the Region of York in an unsuccessful application by the Township of King to quash a Region by-law taking jurisdiction over the King City Community Sanitary Waste Collection System (colloquially known as the "Big Pipe"). The Court confirmed that the by-law was within the Region's jurisdiction; and

  • Representing numerous clients, both corporations and individuals throughout any regulatory investigations and judicial proceedings that take place following workplace injuries and fatalities.

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Key Contacts

Richard J. Rusk

Larry Cobb
Jim Harbell

Greg Plater

Ross A. MacDonald

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