F.F. (Rick) Coburn  


Executive Summary

Rick Coburn is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Rick practises in the area of environmental law with an emphasis on environmental aspects of major development initiatives and transactions involving heavy industry, transportation, energy and infrastructure projects. With members of BLG’s litigation practice groups, he also acts as defence counsel on regulatory prosecutions and in civil actions.

Representative Work

  • Advising on environmental aspects of numerous corporate, commercial and real estate transactions, including the conduct of extensive environmental due diligence in connection with Canada-wide acquisitions and financing transactions.
  • Providing advice on environmental approvals for major construction and energy projects and operating permits.
  • Representing clients in civil actions (including class actions) and regulatory proceedings relating to alleged spills and contaminant migration.
  • Assisting clients with respect to spill reporting and emergency response requirements.
  • Assisting clients in the assessment and management of endangered species issues.
  • Representing public and private sector clients on a full range of land and planning approvals, including official plan and group amendments, site plan control, and building permit issue.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author, "An End to Ontario’s Cap- and-Trade Program", BLG's Electricity Markets Bulletin, June 19, 2018.
  • Author, Toxic Real Estate Manual, Canada Law Book (updated annually), 1994.
  • Author, "The Due Diligence Defence and Continuing Discharges," 3 JELP 121,1992.
  • Author, "The Federal Environmental Assessment and Review Process," 5 MPLR (2d), 324,1991.
  • Author, "R v. Bata Industries Ltd. and the Evolving Content of Due Diligence,"  IJIL 137, 1996.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Environmental Law, Municipal Law).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition (and since 2014) of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Environmental Law).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Environmental Law).
  • Recognized as a leading energy lawyer in the 2014 and 2013 editions of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition on energy.
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.
  • Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in the 2014 Lexpert® Special Edition on Infrastructure.
  • Recognized in the 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Environmental Law).