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.




Presenting insights on the proposed amendments to O. Reg. 153/04 and how they may impact the development of brownfield properties in Ontario. Recorded at an information session hosted by Altech Environmental Consulting Ltd.

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

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2014) of Best Lawyers in Canada (Environmental Law, Municipal Law).
  • Recognized in the 2019 and previous editions of the Lexpert Special Edition - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of the Lexpert Special Edition - Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers.
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Environmental Law).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.
  • Recognized in the 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Environmental Law).