Gabrielle K. Kramer

Partner

Toronto
GKramer@blg.com
416.367.6113

Gabrielle provides environmental risk management strategies to both public and private clients, directing complex environmental claims, advising on new and historic losses, defending regulatory proceedings and advising on transactions. Gabrielle also advises on related insurance issues, municipal law, expropriations law and real estate issues having acted as counsel in numerous cases.

Gabrielle has extensive appellate experience and has represented clients before all of the courts in Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. She represents a variety of private and public-sector clients before the Environmental Review Tribunal, Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, Joint Board and Boards of Inquiry and Negotiation.

She serves clients in English and French.

Experience

  • Counsel to Husky Oil Operations Limited, defending and prosecuting environmental claims, negotiating lease transactions and providing strategic advice with respect to environmental issues.
  • Acted for U.S.-based venture capital firm Bedrock Industries in acquisition of Stelco steel manufacturing plants for approximately CAD $500 million. The transaction included arrangements governing historic environmental liabilities.
  • Acted for Brookfield Homes (Ontario) Limited in successful summary judgment against claim for $6 million for alleged toxic mould exposure.
  • Prosecuting and defending varied environmental litigation for industries and private individuals; defending environmental offences; and conducting discoveries, pre-trials, trials, arbitrations, appeals, mediations and negotiations.
  • Providing insurance coverage services, including legal opinions, litigation and document management services to leading insurers respecting environmental insurance issues.
  • Providing coverage advice to excess insurer of Enbridge in respect of Michigan oil spill; serving as counsel to American Defence Committee in Exxon litigation involving refineries and service stations across the United States and Canada.
  • Drafting environmental insurance policies for a number of leading insurers.
  • Defending professional liability claims, including for environmental consultants, environmental contractors, real estate appraisers, listing agents and brokers.
  • Advising on environmental aspects of corporate, commercial and real estate transactions, including the conduct of extensive environmental due diligence in connection with both international and Canada-wide acquisitions and financing transactions.
  • Defending and challenging the exercise of public administrative authority.
  • Acting in projects including Toyota Development in Woodstock, and York Region Rapid transit, road extensions and widening, intersection installations, landfill sites, reservoir sites, and sewage treatment.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Ontario Bar Association, Environmental Law and Municipal Law Sections
  • Member, The Advocates' Society
  • Past-president, Ontario Expropriation Association

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer judge, Environmental Law Moot
  • OBA Environmental Law Mentorship Program

Awards & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition (and since 2016) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Insurance Law) and the 2020-2018 editions (Environmental Law).

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 1992
  • JD, University of Toronto, 1990
  • BA (Hons.), University of Toronto, 1987