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  • Congratulations to Willms & Shier partner Marc McAree for being selected for inclusion in the 2015 Lexpert™®/American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada!

    The Lexpert™®/ALM 500 profiles the "Most Frequently Recommended lawyers" across Canada in 35 practice areas, identified via an extensive annual peer survey.

  • Willms & Shier Partners Selected Among World's Leading Environment Lawyers by Who's Who Legal 2014

    Congratulations to Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP partners Charles BirchallMarc McAree and Donna Shier for being named among the world's leading environment lawyers by Who's Who Legal: Environment 2014.

    Since 1996, Who's Who Legal has identified the foremost legal practitioners in 31 areas of business law. Legal practitioners are selected for inclusion following intensive research with clients and peers worldwide. Only specialists who meet independent international research criteria are listed.

  • Inclusion in Best Lawyers

    John Willms, Donna Shier, Marc McAree, Julie Abouchar and Charles Birchall have been selected by their peers to be included in the annual editions of Best Lawyers in Canada, Environmental Law. Julie Abouchar has also been selected by her peers to be included in the annual edition of Best Lawyers in Canada, Energy Regulatory Law.

    Donna Shier is named Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" 2014, Environmental Law, Toronto.

    Charles Birchall is named Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" 2013, Environmental Law, Toronto.

    Inclusion in Best Lawyers® is based on a peer-review survey, including thousands of telephone interviews with leading lawyers. Because no fee or purchase is required to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honour. The President of Best Lawyers says “Best Lawyers is the most highly respected and widely used referral guide to the legal profession worldwide.” Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."


  • Lexpert Ranked

    Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP is rated Consistently Recommended, Environmental Law.

    Donna Shier and Marc McAree are rated Consistently Recommended, and John Willms and Julie Abouchar are rated Repeatedly Recommended, Environmental Law.

    Julie Abouchar is also rated Repeatedly Recommended, Aboriginal Law.

  • The Canadian Lawyer Magazine, January 2013, names Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP one of Canada's top 5 environmental law boutiques

    "This Toronto firm has spent over 30 years helping companies and municipalities manage environmental law issues." Over that period, partners Donna Shier and John Willms have developed reputations as two of Canada’s foremost counsel in the specialty area, and their firm now consists of a stable of 12 lawyers including five certified environmental law specialists. Most of the boutique’s clients are from the private sector, with many matters involving issues with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Brownfields and contaminated lands work also helps keep Willms & Shier one of the country’s busiest environmental law shops. "The firm is one of, if not the best enviro law firm in the country - and they know their way around landfill site regulation," said one senior litigator.

  • Chambers & Partners names Willms & Shier one of the “Best of Canada” in Environmental Law

    The results, published in Chambers Global 2013 directory resource, are based on months of in-depth research of legal markets of over 180 countries by U.K.-based legal publisher Chambers & Partners. Chambers says it assesses technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client. Firms and individuals must be recommended to merit inclusion.

  • PLC Cross-border Environment

    PLC Cross-border Environment multi-jurisdictional guide 2011-2012 endorses Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP. The Environment multi-jurisdictional guide is the leading resource on environment law and lawyers around the world and is used by in-house counsel and referring law firms requiring advice in unfamiliar jurisdictions.

  • Willms & Shier Partners named annually to Who's Who Legal: Canada and Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers

    Congratulations to partners John Willms, Donna Shier, Marc McAree and Charles Birchall, who are included in the list of the world's leading environment lawyers.

    Since 1996, Who's Who Legal has identified the foremost legal practitioners in 31 areas of business law. Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with thousands of corporate counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

  • Donna Shier voted one of the World's Leading Women in Business Law by Expert Guides

    The Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law is the international legal market's leading guide to the top female legal practitioners. When first published in 1994, the Expert Guides were the first-ever guides dedicated to leading individuals in the legal industry.

    The guides are updated every two years and continue to focus on individuals considered by clients and peers to be the best in their field.

  • Contributor With Most Reader Response In Canada

    During the Month of May 2009 Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP (Canada) generated the most usage from our users for this category.