Lawyer Profile Detail
Paul R. Cassidy
AREA OF EXPERTISE
Osgoode Hall Law School
British Columbia, 1993
Paul Cassidy is a partner in our Business Law Group in Vancouver and co-head of our National Environmental, Regulatory & Aboriginal Group. Paul’s practice is a combination of regulatory, corporate/commercial, litigation, policy and project development work for clients across North America in a variety of industries, including the energy (conventional, upstream, pipelines, LNG and renewable), marine and terminal shipping, natural resources extraction (mining and forest products), power (generation/transmission), transportation and manufacturing sectors.
Paul is recognized by all of the major national and international ranking services as one of Canada's leading environmental and energy lawyers. For example, he is one of 8 Canadian environmental lawyers to receive the highest (Band 1) ranking awarded by Chambers Global, and he is the only environmental lawyer in British Columbia to receive the highest ranking. He has been listed in Lexpert's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for 19 consecutive years. In the 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a guide to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, he is the most frequently recommended environmental lawyer in British Columbia and he is repeatedly recommended as a leading lawyer in energy (oil, gas and electricity) law. He is also recognized as one of the 5 highest regarded Canadian environmental lawyers in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016.
- Represented and led several major energy (conventional and renewable) and mining projects in development stage environmental assessments and operational permitting
- Advised major energy companies on environmental due diligence strategies
- Advised major mining, manufacturing, transportation and other companies on responses to environmental enforcement actions
- Provided environmental crisis management advice
- Advised on utility regulation matters/electricity generation, transmission and LNG electricity supply agreements
- Advised on contaminated sites and brownfield development
- Advised on property acquisitions related to LNG siting, including in depth due diligence on potential sites in British Columbia
- Advised project proponents and investors on potential LNG greenhouse gas rules, emissions standards and carbon taxes
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Paul is recognized for his expertise in many rankings and publications, including:
- Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 (Environment - Band 1)
- The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law)
- Best Lawyers’ 2016 Vancouver Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year
- The 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Environmental Law)
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 (Environmental, Oil & Gas, Electricity)
- Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Cross Border Lawyers 2016
- Lexpert Special Edition: Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers 2016
- Lexpert Special Edition: Canada's Leading Global Mining Lawyers 2016
- The Legal 500 Guide 2015 (Environmental Law)
- Law Business Research's The International Who's Who of Environmental Lawyers 2016
Paul is a member of several community, business and professional organizations including currently being a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the British Columbia Business Council, a past Director of the Society of Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals of British Columbia, a past co-chair of the Canadian Environmental Law Forum, and he has served as a Director of the Association for Mineral Exploration B.C., the Ontario Forestry Association, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada - B.C. Region.
Paul has provided expert evidence on Canadian environmental law in U.S. legal proceedings, and he has provided evidence as an independent expert witness to the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee of the House of Commons on the Environment.
Paul is a frequent lecturer at universities and at management courses on environmental law and management. He has published several articles on environmental issues and was a founding editor of a book on forestry law in British Columbia.
A certified mediator, Paul is a founding member of the Canadian Centre for Environmental Arbitration and Mediation.
Paul joined the firm in April, 2014. He received a Certificate in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor in 2006, and his BA from University of New Brunswick in 2005, and his JD from Osgoode Hall in 1982.
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