Michael Fortier's practice focuses on environmental, health and safety matters. Torys’ Environmental, Health and Safety Practice Group has been consistently recognized over the years as one of Canada’s leading environmental practices, including in Practical Law Company’s Global Environmental Super League Rankings as one of the country’s top three environmental practices. The group has also been repeatedly recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory with the highest ranking of most frequently recommended.
With a strong background in corporate and real estate law, Michael now practises environmental, health and safety law exclusively. He works with a broad range of public and private sector clients, including public and private companies, and municipalities. He provides advice to corporate clients in a number of industrial sectors, including chemicals and plastics; energy; financial institutions; manufacturing; mining; real estate (including property owners and property managers); transportation; and water and waste water treatment.
As part of the group’s transactions practice, Michael assists buyers, sellers, lenders, borrowers, investors and underwriters through all the environmental aspects of a transaction, from the design and coordination of deal-specific (often multiple-site) environmental liability assessments and other environmental due diligence; through the negotiation of agreements; and in handling closing and post-closing details.
Michael’s regulatory work involves advice on a broad range of issues in the environmental, health and safety field, including air, renewable energy, sewage and other approvals for projects and existing facilities; contaminated sites; quasi-criminal, civil and administrative liability assessments (including those related to regulatory orders); transportation of dangerous goods and waste (domestically and internationally) and legislative initiatives.
Michael’s litigation related practice also covers a number of issues, including approval hearings, quasi-criminal defence work, civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution.