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Energy, Projects, Environmental & Aboriginal Law

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What the team is known for

Fasken is noted for its nationwide footprint and extensive transactional and 'dirt law' mining experience, as well as its long history in the Aboriginal law field. The firm advises on a wide array of litigation and consultation matters, as well as acting for business clients on commercial agreements and joint ventures with Indigenous groups. Its solid environmental department offers substantial expertise across contaminated sites management, environmental assessment and risk management, regulatory compliance and related dispute resolution. Its lawyers also offer expertise in infrastructure projects and often represent authorities in municipal and provincial projects, as well as acting for sponsors and consortiums in Canada and the USA. The firm hosts a robust energy practice that spans natural resources and power developments and transactions, as well as handling regulatory issues arising in the oil and gas sector.

Notable practitioners

Based in Toronto, Brian Kelsall advises clients across a suite of industry sectors including infrastructure, energy and natural resources, and is respected for his handling of infrastructure development and project finance mandates.
"He is deeply experienced, thoughtful, creative and makes a real effort to understand the business imperatives of his client." "He is a guiding force when we get into difficult situations."

Vancouver-based Charles Willms has a wealth of experience in the field of Aboriginal law, including with regard to petroleum and natural gas rights. He is very well versed in dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, and garners considerable respect from the market.

Leading the firm's infrastructure and projects group out of Toronto, Ella Plotkin covers a breadth of project finance matters pertaining to infrastructure and project development and is sought after for her handling of mandates covering sectors including transportation and energy.
"She will take a step back and look at issues from a commercial perspective." "Her primary virtue is she is an incredibly hard worker, persistent and committed."

Kevin O'Callaghan leads Fasken's Indigenous law group from Vancouver. He advises clients on mining projects and pipeline proposals, providing experience in both strategic and contentious Aboriginal engagement mandates.
"Kevin O'Callaghan is incredibly knowledgeable about our business and the topical issues in the industry." "His advice is always sound, and he is able to look at the situation, find what additional information is needed, and then can chart a course."

Vancouver-based Matthew Ghikas is experienced across a broad array of regulatory mandates in the power sector including project applications, ratemaking approaches and disputes.
"Matthew Ghikas is a very strong lawyer, but he also possesses a very comforting nature."

Firm managing partner Peter Feldberg operates between the firm's Calgary and Toronto offices, and is sought out for his broad-ranging experience in regulatory matters arising from energy project approval and development.
"Peter Feldberg is brilliant - thorough, exceptionally quick on his feet as an advocate, and able to find a practical solution to many problems."

Rosalind Cooper offers substantial experience in environmental matters out of the firm's Toronto office, with a particular focus on environmental impact assessments and contaminated land litigation.
"Rosalind Cooper is an excellent communicator and top expert in environmental law." "She provides excellent advice and is aware that our company has its own risk tolerances."

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Fasken’s Global Energy Group advises energy industry clients across a wide spectrum of legal service needs. Whether you are permitting a new pipeline or constructing a new transmission line, dealing with a labour disturbance at a generating facility, filing a new application with a utilities commission, or starting an M&A process on upstream assets, our multi-disciplinary team of professionals can help you succeed.

Fasken is at the leading edge of infrastructure and public-private partnership (P3) developments across the world. We’re involved with every size and type of development in every region and with every combination of stakeholders, winning more recognition for innovative work than any other Canadian firm.

Fasken provides clients with a comprehensive set of environmental legal  services. Whether you are permitting a new project, dealing with a contaminated site, defending charges, challenging orders, litigating on  environmental matters, or trading carbon, we can provide practical legal advice, representation and solutions.

Fasken has the depth of experience needed to guide project proponents to successful relationships and outcomes with Indigenous communities.

Energy, Projects, Environmental & Aboriginal Law



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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Aboriginal Law

Charles F Willms
Senior Statespeople
Kevin O'Callaghan
Band 2

Energy: Power (Regulatory)

Matthew Ghikas
Band 4
Peter Feldberg
Eminent Practitioners


Rosalind Cooper
Band 1

Project Finance

Brian C Kelsall
Band 2

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