Dionysios Rossi

Dionysios Rossi  

Partner

Executive Summary

Dionysios Rossi is a partner in our Vancouver office. Dionysios practises primarily in the areas of shipping and transportation law, environmental law, and oil and gas law. He previously served as a judicial law clerk to several justices of the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Dionysios has represented clients before the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, all levels of court in British Columbia, and before a number of administrative tribunals.

Dionysios frequently speaks and publishes on a wide variety of legal subjects. He has been interviewed by national media outlets such as Global News Television, and his work has appeared in general interest publications (such as the Vancouver Sun and Business in Vancouver), trade publications (such as Western Mariner and The Environmental Managers Association of British Columbia Journal), and in legal publications (such as the Irwin Law Maritime Law survey text, The Transportation Lawyer, The Lawyers WeeklyThe Verdict, and in various Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia works).

Dionysios currently serves as Co-Chair of the Student Recruitment Committee in BLG's Vancouver office.

Representative Work

Shipping and Transportation Law

Counsel to shipping and transportation clients in a wide variety of matters involving cargo damage claims, vessel arrests, cargo arrests, vessel collisions/allisions, derailments, spills, charterparty disputes, the transportation of dangerous goods, the purchase and sale of vessels, vessel financings, terminal services agreements, and warehouse lease and liability issues. Recent matters include:

  • Counsel to Kirby Corporation in all ongoing Canadian Federal Court and British Columbia Supreme Court civil proceedings and British Columbia Provincial Court regulatory proceedings arising from the grounding of the M/T Nathan E. Stewart in October 2016.
  • Counsel to ongoing Bel Excavating and Shoring Limited Partnership in British Columbia Provincial Court regulatory proceedings arising from the $200 million expansion of Fairview Terminals in 2015. 
  • Counsel to Parkland Fuels in the negotiation of a tug services agreement for its Burnaby Refinery.
  • Counsel to Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. in all Canadian Federal Court and British Columbia Supreme Court proceedings arising out of its US$10.5 billion foreign insolvency in 2016.
  • Counsel to the City of Vancouver in Federal Court proceedings arising out of the 2015 M/V Marathassa oil spill in Burrard Inlet.
  • Counsel to the shipowner of the M/V Simushir in Federal Court proceedings arising out of a 2014 drifting/salvage incident on the west coast of British Columbia, near Haida Gwaii.
  • Counsel to the two largest container terminals in Port Metro Vancouver in Federal Court judicial review proceedings arising from the 2014 Joint Action Plan imposed to end a commercial trucking strike.
  • Counsel to a bulk terminal in commercial arbitration proceedings arising from a contractual dispute concerning the export of cargo from Vancouver to Asia.
  • Counsel to a bulk vessel time-charterer in British Columbia Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada leave proceedings in a case concerning the interception of freight and the foreign insolvency of Korea Line Corporation, the second-largest dry bulk shipping line in South Korea.
  • Counsel to a member of the Jordanian royal family in Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and British Columbia Supreme Court proceedings to enforce a US$28.8-million foreign judgment, in a matter involving the arrest of 144-foot tri-deck luxury yacht and subsequent insolvency of a local shipyard.
  • Counsel to a shipowner in Federal Court proceedings seeking combined damages of C$33 million arising out of a collapsed stow of containerized uranium cargo during a voyage from Vancouver, Canada to Zhangjiang, China.
  • Counsel to a shipowner in successful Federal Court trial and appeal proceedings holding that the Hague Visby Rules do not compulsorily apply to sea waybills under Canadian law, and enforcing a C$50,000 contractual limitation of liability, in a C$1.5-million action for damage to cargo, following a derailment.
  • Counsel to a mortgagee bank in the successful arrest and judicial sale of a container vessel in Federal Court, as part of the US$77-million “Eastwind Bankruptcy” proceedings in the United States.

Environmental Law
Counsel on a wide range of environmental law matters in the transactional, regulatory and litigation contexts. These include: the environmental assessment process (federal and provincial), major project approvals, cost-recovery proceedings, pollution-related matters (air, water, and soil), spill response matters, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and the allocation of environmental risks and liabilities in a wide range of commercial agreements. Recent selected matters include:

  • Counsel to Ridley Terminals on environmental matters concerning its $280 million terminal upgrade in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. 
  • Counsel to Filld Inc. on the commencement and operation of its mobile fuel delivery service in Canada.
  • Counsel to Translink on environmental matters concerning its $1.6 billion Surrey LRT Project.
  • Counsel to B.C. Hydro on environmental matters concerning the construction of its multi-billion dollar Site "C" hydro project.
  • Counsel to Petronas and Pacific Northwest LNG on environmental matters concerning a multi-billion dollar LNG project located near Prince Rupert British Columbia.
  • Counsel to Apache Corporation on environmental matters concerning the multi-billion KM LNG Terminal in Kitimat, BC.
  • Counsel to Cattermole Timber in a successful British Columbia Supreme Court action for breach of contract arising out of the sale of a British Columbia Forest Licence, and the allocation of responsibility for environmental liabilities.
  • Counsel to Weyerhaeuser Company in the successful dismissal of a regulatory proceeding commenced by the Ministry of Forests under the Forest Range and Practices Act, arising from the deactivation of a logging road.

Oil and Gas Law
Counsel to oil and gas clients in both surface rights and regulatory matters concerning the construction, operation, and maintenance of pipelines, wells, and processing facilities. Recent selected cases include:

  • Counsel to various oil and gas clients in expropriation proceedings before the British Columbia Supreme Court and administrative proceedings before the British Columbia Surface Rights Board and National Energy Board, in matters regarding access to lands.
  • Counsel to an oil and gas client in a British Columbia Supreme Court proceeding regarding the confidentiality of well data.
  • Counsel in regulatory proceedings before the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission, the British Columbia Oil and Gas Appeal Tribunal, the British Columbia Utilities Commission, and the National Energy Board.

Publications & Presentations

External Publications, Presentations, and Media Appearances

  • Speaker, "Regulation and the Resource Sector," B.C. Legal Innovation Forum, November 5, 2019.
  • Speaker/Author, "Responding to Regulatory Inspections and Investigations," Environmental Industry Association of B.C. Better Environmental Stewardship & Technology Conference, May 8-10, 2019.
  • Co-author, "Environmental Law" chapter, Annual Review of Law and Practice, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC), 2008 – 2019 editions.
  • Co-author, "Maritime Law" chapter, Annual Review of Law and Practice, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC), 2010 – 2019 editions.
  • Speaker/Author, "West Coast Legal Update: Recent Developments in Injunctive Relief Concerning Natural Resource Projects," Canadian Maritime Law Association Annual Legal Seminar, June 15, 2018.
  • Speaker/Author, “If You Build It They Will Come: Civil Disobedience and Natural Resource Development,” Environmental Industry Association of B.C. Better Environmental Stewardship & Technology Conference, May 9-11, 2018.
  • Co-Author, “SCC to Decide on Insolvent Companies’ Environmental Liabilities,” The Lawyer's Daily, March 22, 2018.
  • Co-Author, "More Amendments to B.C. Spill Reporting and Response Regime," The Lawyer's Daily, February 27, 2018.
  • Speaker/Author, "The New Normal? Energy Development, Civil Disobedience, and Injunctive Relief," Canadian Energy Law Foundation Jasper Seminar, June 14-16, 2017.
  • Co-Author, “The New Normal? Natural Resource Development, Civil Disobedience, and Injunctive Relief,” Alberta Law Review 55:2 (2017) 285-316.
  • Speaker/Author, "Cross Currents: Recent Developments in Bankruptcy/Insolvency and Maritime Law," Canadian Bar Association Insolvency Law Subsection Meeting, June 9, 2017.
  • Speaker/Author, "A Lawyer's Guide to Marine Emergency Spill Response," Environmental Industry Association of B.C. Better Environmental Stewardship & Technology Conference, May 10-12, 2017.
  • Speaker/Author, "Maritime Incidents and Indigenous Communities," Standard P&I Club Canada Members Forum, April 25, 2017 (Montreal) and April 27, 2017 (Vancouver).
  • Quoted, "Report on BLG Annual Maritime Conference," Canadian Sailings, p. 53, February 20, 2017.
  • Quoted, "Conti Seeks to Sell Boxship Arrested Over Hanjin Debts," TradeWinds News, January 20, 2017.
  • Quoted, "ING Takes Helm in Hanjin Scarlet Case," TradeWinds News, January 17, 2017.
  • Speaker/Author, "Environmental Case Law Update: The Year in Review," Environmental Managers Association Legal Update Session, January 19, 2017.
  • Speaker/Author, "Recent Developments Regarding Expert Evidence and Environmental Consultant Liability," GeoEnviroPro Annual Conference on B.C. Contaminated Site Regime, June 9, 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Equivalency Challenge May Have National Implications," Lawyers Weekly, June 2016.
  • Author, "Federal Court Clarifies Limitation of Liability in Barge Turbine Splash Case," Western Mariner, Vol. 14 No. 3, May 2016.
  • Author, “Marine Insurance,” (chapter), Maritime Law, 2nd ed., Toronto: Irwin Law, 2016.
  • Interviewed by Global News for national television program "16 x 9" on the subject of ship-source oil pollution resulting from historical wrecks  ("An Oil Spill a Day," January 23, 2016).
  • Speaker/Author, "Environmental Case Law Update: The Year in Review," Environmental Managers Association Legal Update Session, January 21, 2016.
  • Quoted, "North Coast Tanker Ban Faces Possible Legal Hurdles," Vancouver Sun, January 11, 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Public Interest Litigants Shut Out in B.C.," The Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 35 No. 7, June 2015.
  • Co-Author, "Federal Court Upholds Exclusion of Liability Clause in Boat-Handling Contract," Western Mariner, April 2015.
  • Speaker/Author, "Piercing the Corporate Veil: Recent Developments Concerning the Liability of Canadian Companies for the Acts of Foreign Subsidiaries," Presentation to the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, March 25, 2015.
  • Speaker/Author, "An Overview of West Coast Tanker Traffic Issues," Environmental Managers Association Workshop Conference, Vancouver, February 19, 2015.
  • Speaker/Author, "Transporting LNG: The Canadian Regulatory Regime," Cargo Logistics Canada Expo & Conference, Vancouver, January 28-29, 2015.   
  • Co-Author, "Bad Time for Limitation Periods," The Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 34 No. 34, January 2015.
  • Speaker/Author, “Environmental Case Law Update: The Year in Review,” Environmental Managers Association Legal Update Session, January 15, 2015.       
  • Speaker/Author, “Contaminated Site Case Law Update” Pacific Business and Law Institute Conference (“Contaminated Sites: New Law and Emerging Issues”), Vancouver, November 26, 2014.
  • Co-Author, “Enforcement Update: Asian Gypsy Moth Protection Policy,” The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 16 No. 2, October 2014.
  • Speaker/Author, “Transp​ort Law 2014” Corporate Livewire Virtual Roundtable (October 2014).
  • Co-Author, “New Administrative Penalties Regulation Comes Into Force,” www.mon​daq.com, July 2014.
  • Co-​​​Author, "B.C.'s New Water Bill Addresses Competing Demands," The Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 34 No. 7, June 2014.
  • Co-​Author, “Will New HNS Legislation Increase Costs for Vessel Owners?” Western Mariner, Vol. 12 No. 1, March 2014.
  • Speaker/Author, “New Developments in Transportation Law and Insurance” Cargo Logistics Canada Expo & Conference, Vancouver, January 29-30, 2014.
  • Co-Author, "Wave of Regulatory Charges results in Small Fines in Tragic Case," Western Mariner, Vol. 11 No. 9, November 2013.
  • Speaker/Co-Author, "The Regulation of Water Use in B.C. by the Oil and Gas Industry" Insight Information Conference entitled "Environmental Law in British Columbia," Vancouver, November 18-19, 2013.
  • Panel Moderator, "Pilotage Requirements on the St. Lawrence" Canadian Transportation Lawyers Association Annual Conference "The St. Lawrence River - The Essential Artery" Quebec City, September 19-21, 2013.
  • Co-Author, "Federal Court Settles Tug-Of-War Over International Rules," Western Mariner, Vol. 11 No. 5, July 2013.
  • Co-Author, "Feds Push For Streamlined Process," The Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 33 No. 7, June 14, 2013.
  • Co-Author, "Court Cuts Shipowner Loose in Tugboat Negligence Case," Western Mariner, Vol. 11 No. 1, March 2013.
  • Panel Moderator, "Challenges and Opportunities: Major Projects in BC," Environmental Managers Association Workshop Conference, Vancouver, February 21, 2013.
  • Author, "2012 Maritime Law Update," Canadian Transportation Lawyers Annual Conference "Transportation Issues in a Global Economy," Toronto, September 26-29, 2012.
  • Co-Author, "Reeling in the Regulatory Net? Bill C-38 and the Fisheries Act," Western Mariner, Vol. 10 No. 4, July 2012.
  • Co-Author, "Big Changes Are On the Horizon: Canadian Environmental Assessment Act Set for an Overhaul," The Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 32 No. 7, June 15, 2012.
  • Co-Author, "Recent Legislative Developments in Canadian Maritime Law," The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 13, No. 4, February 2012.
  • Speaker/Author, "More Green Tape? A Review of Recent Cases Regarding Environmental Assessments," Environmental Managers Association Legal Update Session, January 19, 2012.
  • Quoted in "Facebook Defence Denied in St. Paul’s Hospital Suit," an article by Alexandra Verzuh, www.openfile.ca, January 18, 2012.
  • Co-Author, "Court Hands Down Whale of A Decision in Orca Case," Western Mariner, Vol. 9 No. 7, September 2011.
  • Co-Author, "Federal Court Limits Boating Accident Liability," Western Mariner, Vol. 9 No. 3, May 2011.
  • Co-Author, "Casting a Wide Net? The Investigation and Prosecution of Seafarers on the West Coast," Western Mariner, Vol. 8 No. 10, December 2010.
  • Co-Author, "Why the Environmental Assessment Process Needs an Overhaul," The Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 30 No. 21, October 8, 2010.
  • Co-Author, "What Laws Would Apply if There Were a BP-Type Spill Along the BC Coast?," Vancouver Sun, August 3, 2010. Later cited in "Canada Needs A Unified Oil-Spill Regime," Vancouver Sun Editorial, August 12, 2010.
  • Co-Author, "West Coast Offshore Oil & Gas Development: Canada’s Regulatory Environment," Western Mariner, Vol. 8, No. 5, July 2010.
  • Co-Author, "Government Reacts Swiftly to MiningWatch," The Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 29 No. 47 April 23, 2010.
  • Co-Author, "Court Sinks Claim Regarding Deductible for Downed Vessel," Western Mariner, Vol. 8 No. 2, April 2010.
  • Co-Author, "Wave of Pollution-Related Legislation to Take Effect in 2010," The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 11, No.5, April 2010.
  • Co-Author, "Discovery" chapter, Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Practice Manual, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC), 2010.
  • Co-Author, "Significant Changes to Marine Liability Act Now in Effect," Western Mariner, Vol. 7 No. 10, December 2009.   
  • Speaker/Author, "Discovery Obligations and Social Networking Websites: Recent Developments," Insurance Corporation of British Columbia Claims Field Services Litigation Conference, Vancouver, December 2009.
  • Co-Author, "Court of Appeal Throws a Wrench Into Repair Costs Claim," Western Mariner, Vol. 7 No. 7, September 2009.
  • Co-Author, "Significant Increase in Penalties Under New Environmental Act," Business in Vancouver, Issue 1028, July 7-13, 2009.
  • Co-Author, "Getting Tough on Polluters: New Legislation Forces Polluters to Play By the Rules," The Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 29 No. 7, June 19, 2009.
  • Co-Author, "New Bill Lowers the Boom on Those Convicted of Maritime Offences," Western Mariner, Vol. 7 No. 4, June 2009.
  • Author, "Provincial Regulation of Fish Farms Ruled Unconstitutional," mondaq.com, April 2009.
  • Co-Author, "Rougher Waters Ahead? Recent Legislative and Enforcement Measures in Canadian Maritime Law," The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 10 No. 5, April 2009.
  • Co-Author, "Discovery" chapter, Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Practice Manual, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC), 2009.
  • Co-Author, "Shifting Currents In Canadian Maritime Law," Western Mariner, March 2009.
  • Co-Author, "Canada Toughens Up Its Maritime Laws: A Rising Tide of Shipping Traffic Raises Concerns Over Pollution," The Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 28 No. 21, October 3, 2008.
  • Co-Author, "Drilling For the Details: Recent Legislative Developments Concerning Oil & Gas and an Overview of the Royalty Reduction Programs," Insight Information Conference entitled "Pacific Natural Gas Forum," Vancouver, September 24-25, 2008.
  • Co-Author, "Pollution Knows No Boundaries: Courts Validate US, Canadian Cross-Border Pollution Claims," The Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 28 No. 13, August 8, 2008.
  • Author, "Volte-Face (book)? Social Networking Sites in the Era of E-Discovery," The Verdict, June 2008.
  • Author, "BC Court Upholds Pollution Exclusion Clause," www.mondaq.com, June 2008.
  • Co-Author, "Discovery" chapter, Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Practice Manual, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC), 2008.
  • Author, "Contractual Liability for Remediation Costs: Lessons for Lessors and Lessees," Environmental Managers Association of British Columbia Journal, Vol. 28, Winter 2008.
  • Co-Author, "Cost Recovery, Remediation and Enforcement: Messages from the Latest Case Law," The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC), 2007.
  • Speaker/Co-Author, "The Enforcement of Marine Pollution Laws in Canadian Waters: An Update," Insight Information Conference entitled "Environmental Issues for the Energy Industry," September 17, 2007.

Firm Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, "Environmental Assessments: The New Impact Assessment Act," BLG Vancouver Environmental Law Seminar, October 2019.
  • Speaker, "Responding to Regulatory Investigations," BLG Maritime Law Seminar, December 2018.
  • Speaker, "Spill Response and Cost Recovery," BLG Vancouver Environmental Law Seminar, November 2018.
  • Co-Author, "Overview of B.C.'s New Spill Reporting Regulation," BLG Environmental Law Bulletin, December 2017.
  • Speaker, "Responding to Regulatory Investigations," Environmental Law Seminar, October 2017.
  • Speaker "West Coast Tanker Traffic: The Canadian Regulatory Regime," BLG Maritime Law Seminar, December 2, 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Key Policy & Legislative Updates," BLG's Mari-Times Newsletter: Canadian Maritime Law from Coast-to-Coast, December 2015.
  • Speaker/Co-Author, "West Coast Tanker Traffic: The Canadian Regulatory Regime," BLG Environmental Law Client Seminar, October 2015.
  • Co-Author, "Federal Government to Introduce Major Reforms to Environmental Assessment Process," BLG Environmental Law Client Alert, April 2012.
  • Speaker/Co-Author, "Environmental Case Law Update," BLG Environmental Law Client Seminar, June 2011.
  • Co-Author, "Environmental Case Law Update," BLG Environmental Law Client Seminar, June 2010.
  • Author, "E-Discovery: Recent Developments," BLG Client Seminar for ICBC, October 2009.
  • Speaker/Co-Author, "Environmental Case Law Update," BLG Environmental Law Client Seminar, June 2009.
  • Co-Author, "Liability for Environmental Offences Greatly Expanded," BLG’s Environmental Law Newsletter, Spring 2009.
  • Speaker/Author, "The Era of E-Discovery: Social Networking Websites and Other Recent Developments," BLG Client Seminar for ICBC, September 2008.
  • Speaker/Co-Author, "Environmental Case Law Update," BLG Environmental Law Client Seminar, June 2008.
  • Author, "Court Upholds Pollution Exclusion Clause," BLG’s Environmental Law Newsletter, May 2008. Author, "BC Government Introduces Revised Oil & Gas Regulatory Framework," BLG Oil & Gas Client Alert, April 2008.
  • Speaker/Co-Author, "Can I Cut In? When Medical Negligence Breaks the Causal Chain," BLG Client Seminar for ICBC, November 2007.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2018) of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Transportation: Shipping).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2018) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Maritime Law).​
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2018) of Benchmark Litigation The definitive guide to litigation firms and attorneys in Canada.
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2016)of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Shipping and Maritime Law).

Achieved the highest Martindale-Hubbell® designation of "AV® Preeminent™" (4.9 out of 5), based on independent feedback from peers and clients, who have described him as follows:

  • "An outstanding attorney not only in terms of his legal knowledge but also his ability to communicate effectively and instill confidence with his clients."
  • "Combines a deep knowledge of maritime law, with excellent litigation instincts and judgment, He also has significant experience in and knowledge of the local courts and judges. Top notch attorney all around."
  • "A rising star in the shipping law world. He is bright, hard-working and gets good results. He is a pleasure to work with and provides good value."