Bryan Buttigieg is recognized as one of the leading practitioners of environmental law in Canada and is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in Environmental Law. His practice includes a combination of litigation and transactional advice involving civil litigation and regulatory defence representation in environmental and occupational health and safety matters. Bryan has provided extensive advice in support of brownfields developments, site remediation, and financing of properties with environmental issues. Bryan is a trained mediator and a panel member of the Canadian Centre for Environmental Arbitration and Mediation.
Bryan represents corporations and individuals in litigation arising out of the sale, purchase, and use of contaminated property. He provides advice regarding claims for environmental damages, including clean-up costs, loss of use, loss of market value, and negligent misrepresentation.
Bryan also provides advice to purchasers, vendors, landlords, tenants, lenders, and investors in transactions involving the purchase and sale of contaminated sites and brownfields developments. He makes recommendations on how to market and sell contaminated sites to protect against future liabilities, advises landlords and tenants of their respective duties and obligations, and negotiates creative solutions to environmental problems that would not be available as remedies through litigation.
Bryan has successfully represented clients charged under provincial regulatory legislation, such as the Environmental Protection Act, the Ontario Water Resources Act, the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. He advises on best practices for working with inspectors and investigators to help prevent prosecution. In administrative law matters, he advises on appeals before various government boards and administrative tribunals, and on reviews of administrative orders under environmental statutes.
Bryan is a regular speaker at conferences on a number of environmental law topics. He has written extensively and been published in several legal and industry-related publications.
Bryan was Chair of Miller Thomson’s National Environmental Law Group in from 2013 to 2015 and Co-Chair of Miller Thomson’s Toronto Markham litigation group from 2007 to 2012.
Bryan spent four years on a secondment with the in-house legal department of a major integrated oil company.
Bryan is currently the President of the Durham Children’s Aid Society and a member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club Heritage Committee. His past volunteer commitments included the Durham Region Environmental Advisory Committee and a four-year term as chair of the award-winning Rouge Watershed Task Force.