Talia Gordner 

Talia Gordner

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.865.7834
e: talia.gordner@mcmillan.ca

overview

Talia is a partner in the firm's Regulatory Group. Her advocacy practice covers a broad range of corporate and commercial matters with an emphasis in the management and resolution of complex environmental and regulatory disputes. Talia represents clients from a wide range of industries dealing with matters ranging from common commercial disputes such as breach of contract, fraud and negligence to environmental matters involving recent, ongoing and historical contamination.

Talia also advises on environmental risk, liability and due diligence issues at all stages of complex real estate, business and financing transactions with a focus on getting the deal across the finish line. Her expertise in greenhouse gas emissions regimes of the federal and provincial governments as well as environmental reporting and approvals obligations allows her to assist clients with their environmental laws compliance.

With experience acting as defence counsel in a variety of regulatory and quasi-criminal federal and provincial prosecutions on behalf of individual and corporate clients, Talia is a strong defender of her clients’ rights, dealing with the Crown and negotiating resolutions where appropriate in order to give clients peace of mind.

Talia also acts as counsel in trademark disputes arising in both the Superior Court of Justice and the Federal Court.  She zealously advocates for her clients and their brand when issues of infringement, passing off and confusion are raised but also identifies opportunities to work with clients to find a solution where co-existence is possible.

Prior to joining McMillan, Talia practiced at a mid-sized law firm in Toronto. As a musician and supporter of the Arts, Talia takes pride in her involvement in a not-for-profit community concert band in which she plays the alto saxophone.

Representative Matters

  • Representing clients in complex multi-party environmental litigation dealing with recent, ongoing and historical contamination events.
  • Investigating and advocating for property owners and occupiers in environmental contamination disputes between neighbouring properties.
  • Directing investigations and coordinating environmental consulting and engineering experts for the purpose of sampling, reporting on and remediating environmentally contaminated sites.
  • Providing advice on environmental law, risk and liability in multi-million dollar corporate acquisition transactions.
  • Representing clients in various levels of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice involved in commercial litigation arising from fraud, breach of contract and shareholder disputes.
  • Appearing at the Environmental Review Tribunal in relation to a Renewable Energy Approval appeal under the Environmental Protection Act.
  • Negotiating access and sampling agreements with major oil and gas companies on behalf of property owners.
  • Defending both companies and individuals in regulatory prosecutions under the Environmental Protection Act, Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000, Safe Water Drinking Act, 2002, Fire Protection and Prevention Act and various municipal by-laws.
  • Representing litigants in trademark disputes arising from claims of infringement, passing off, confusion, depreciation of goodwill and other related claims under the Trade-marks Act and in common law in both the Superior Court of Justice and Federal Court jurisdictions.

Publications

Expropriation of Contaminated Land: a Tug-of-War of Competing Interests in the "Fair Market" Valuation
Ontario Announces Next Steps in Plan to Shift Costs of Plastic Recycling to Producers
Environmental Obligations Cannot be Ignored Even in Bankruptcy: Orphan Wells Association v Grant Thornton Ltd.

Education

  • University of Detroit Mercy , J.D. - 2011
  • University of Windsor, LL.B - 2011
  • University of Western Ontario, B. Mus. A. - 2008

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 2012

Practices

business litigation
environmental regulation
fraud law
intellectual property litigation
litigation
municipal and land use planning law
regulatory compliance
trademarks

Industries

aboriginal law
construction
environmental regulation
greenbuild
mining
natural resources
renewables

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Ontario Bar Association, Environmental Section Executive, CPD Liaison (member of Executive since 2015)
  • North Toronto Community Band, Board of Directors and President (2016-2018)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
vcard

Talia is a partner in the firm's Regulatory Group. Her advocacy practice covers a broad range of corporate and commercial matters with an emphasis in the management and resolution of complex environmental and regulatory disputes. Talia represents clients from a wide range of industries dealing with matters ranging from common commercial disputes such as breach of contract, fraud and negligence to environmental matters involving recent, ongoing and historical contamination.

Talia also advises on environmental risk, liability and due diligence issues at all stages of complex real estate, business and financing transactions with a focus on getting the deal across the finish line. Her expertise in greenhouse gas emissions regimes of the federal and provincial governments as well as environmental reporting and approvals obligations allows her to assist clients with their environmental laws compliance.

With experience acting as defence counsel in a variety of regulatory and quasi-criminal federal and provincial prosecutions on behalf of individual and corporate clients, Talia is a strong defender of her clients’ rights, dealing with the Crown and negotiating resolutions where appropriate in order to give clients peace of mind.

Talia also acts as counsel in trademark disputes arising in both the Superior Court of Justice and the Federal Court.  She zealously advocates for her clients and their brand when issues of infringement, passing off and confusion are raised but also identifies opportunities to work with clients to find a solution where co-existence is possible.

Prior to joining McMillan, Talia practiced at a mid-sized law firm in Toronto. As a musician and supporter of the Arts, Talia takes pride in her involvement in a not-for-profit community concert band in which she plays the alto saxophone.

  • Representing clients in complex multi-party environmental litigation dealing with recent, ongoing and historical contamination events.
  • Investigating and advocating for property owners and occupiers in environmental contamination disputes between neighbouring properties.
  • Directing investigations and coordinating environmental consulting and engineering experts for the purpose of sampling, reporting on and remediating environmentally contaminated sites.
  • Providing advice on environmental law, risk and liability in multi-million dollar corporate acquisition transactions.
  • Representing clients in various levels of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice involved in commercial litigation arising from fraud, breach of contract and shareholder disputes.
  • Appearing at the Environmental Review Tribunal in relation to a Renewable Energy Approval appeal under the Environmental Protection Act.
  • Negotiating access and sampling agreements with major oil and gas companies on behalf of property owners.
  • Defending both companies and individuals in regulatory prosecutions under the Environmental Protection Act, Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000, Safe Water Drinking Act, 2002, Fire Protection and Prevention Act and various municipal by-laws.
  • Representing litigants in trademark disputes arising from claims of infringement, passing off, confusion, depreciation of goodwill and other related claims under the Trade-marks Act and in common law in both the Superior Court of Justice and Federal Court jurisdictions.

March 21, 2018
New Guidance from Ontario Court of Appeal on Landlord Liability for Historical Contamination 
Blaneys on Business

February 21, 2018
Ontario Court of Appeal Provides Guidance on Landlord Liability for Historical Contamination 
Ontario Bar Association – Environmental Law Section

April 24, 2017
Law Society Amends and Clarifies the “Threatening Criminal Proceedings” Rule 
Ontario Bar Association – Environmental Law Section

April 24, 2017
Businesses may be helped by Law Society rule change (April 24, 2017)
Blaneys on Business

2017
Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for all
A World Bank Group Flagship Report, 14 th ed., Contributor 

December 18, 2015
Overview of Ontario’s Most Recent Additional to Environmental Legislation: The Great Lakes Protection Act, 2015 
Ontario Bar Association – Environmental Law Section

December 18, 2015
Overview of Ontario’s Most Recent Additional to Environmental Legislation: The Great Lakes Protection Act, 2015 
Blaneys on Business

March 27, 2019
Roundtable Discussions: Environmental Law 101 
ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Conference

February 5, 2019
Unearthing Complexities in the Subsurface: Soil and Groundwater Essentials for Lawyers 
Ontario Bar Association’s Institute – Environmental Law Section,

May 1, 2018
Roundtable Discussions: Environmental Law 101 
ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Conference

April 9, 2018
Understanding Soil and Groundwater: Part 2
Ontario Bar Association – Environmental Law Section

September 14, 2017
Environmental Law Update 
Blaneys Lunch & Learn 

June 7, 2017
Co-Chair of Environmental Law Mentorship event
Ontario Bar Association – Environmental Law Section

May 16, 2017
Environmental Considerations in Real Estate and Business Transactions
Toronto Lawyers Association

April 27, 2017
Roundtable Discussions: Environmental Law 101 
ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Conference

April 29, 2014
CANECT, Spill, Leaks, Discharges & Emergencies: Legal Framework