Environmental Regulation

Lawyers at Cohen Highley provide comprehensive, strategic legal advice and representation regarding a wide range of environmental issues.


We can help you:

  • Understand the myriad of government regulations that affect your business and help you avoid prosecutions for non-compliance with environmental protection legislation;
  • Identify and obtain required regulatory approvals for your operation;
  • Adopt due diligence strategies to reduce the risk of corporate and personal environmental liability;
  • Review, draft and implement environmental policies and environmental management systems to improve efficiency and minimize the risk of environmental liability;
  • Prevent and manage emergency spills;
  • Identify, recommend and instruct capable and experienced consultants;
  • Review and draft environmental terms for the purchase and sale of land and business transactions;
  • Decommission contaminated land;
  • Participate in regulatory hearings;
  • Defend against environmental prosecutions;
  • Litigate and defend environmental lawsuits;
  • Appeal regulatory orders, decisions and judgments;
  • Negotiate terms and conditions of regulatory orders; and
  • Satisfy environmental assessment requirements.

Whatever your Environmental Regulation issue, we’re here to provide you with quality service, expert advice, and world-class representation.


Cohen Highley’s environmental law group has been providing legal representation and advice to municipalities, private industry, landlords, First Nation communities, individuals, stakeholders and lawyers on a wide variety of environmental issues for over 20 years. Lawyers at Cohen Highley have appeared before the Divisional and Federal Courts and various administrative tribunals, including the Environmental Review Tribunal, and were counsel at the Walkerton Water Inquiry. Our lawyers are members of the Canadian Bar Association – Environmental Law Section, the American Trial Lawyers’ Association, and the Centre for Health, Environment & Safety (CHES) and have given numerous presentations regarding environmental protection legislation and due diligence.

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Gene practises in the area of commercial litigation pertaining to contracts and employment. Gene also practises in the areas of human rights and education law as well as in the energy sector. He appears regularly on matters before the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and various other tribunals across the province.

Paul practises mainly in the areas of environmental law, energy law, and commercial litigation. He is author of "Civil Procedure in Practice" and a regular contributor of articles to various journals. Paul is certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Civil Litigation.