Donna Shier quoted in article by Jennifer McPhee, Canadian Lawyer, August 2007.
Rising concerns about the environment and the ever-expanding regulatory landscape are placing companies under more scrutiny for their green records. This, of course, is good news for lawyers at environmental law boutiques. But even in the best of times, competing with the legal goliaths isn’t easy. So why would companies and corporate lawyers decide to call in the green teams at environmental law boutiques instead of turning to full-service firms?
Few firms have established expertise in environmental law, so companies and corporate lawyers turn to environmental law boutiques when they need hard-core expertise, says certified environmental law specialist Donna Shier, a partner at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP. The Toronto boutique is known for tackling a full range of work in the environmental law sphere, including providing advice on commercial transactions, operating approvals, managing investigations, civil litigation, regulatory enforcement, and prosecution defence. “We know how to get from here to there,” says Shier. “And we do that in the most expeditious way. What you want to do is couple success with value.”
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