Richard Butler, BSc (Hons.), MSc, LLB, is a partner at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP. Richard practises advocacy before all levels of court and tribunals, including civil litigation, administrative appeals, and defence of environmental prosecutions. He provides advice and support to clients on all aspects of environmental law including regulatory compliance and approvals, contaminated land investigations and remediation and spills response, wastewater discharges, and waste management. Richard assists clients to secure mining rights and approvals, develop mining infrastructure, and manage mine waste and wastewater issues. Richard works with clients to clarify insurance coverage of environmental claims, including during governmental investigations and civil litigation concerning some of the largest environmental disasters in Canada. Richard frequently works with clients in the land development, municipal, construction, food processing, mining and exploration, and insurance sectors. Richard is leading the firm’s cannabis practice, including regulation at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. Richard’s experience also includes Environmental Risk Assessments for food producers, farming properties, and greenhouses.
Richard is called to the Bar in Ontario.