Jennifer L. King
Jennifer L. King is a partner at Gowling WLG and National Co-Lead of the firm's Administrative Law Practice Group (Canada). She also serves as co-lead of the firm's ESGI (Environmental, Social, Governance and Indigenous) advisory services practice. Jennifer is a member of the firm's Climate Change and Environment Group and Toronto's Advocacy Department.
A skilled and purpose-driven litigator, Jennifer is particularly well-known for dealing with high-profile environmental, municipal, and emergency matters. Jennifer has a long track-record of effectively navigating her clients through cases that engage complex issues in a variety of fields including environmental law and climate change, constitutional law, corporate and contractual disputes, professional liability, tort, public health, land use and municipal law, and Indigenous rights. She does this before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada, tribunals including the Ontario Land Tribunal and the Nunavut Impact Review Board, and in the public discourse, across Canada's provinces and territories.
Jennifer's clients also recognize her as a singularly effective strategic advisor and partner who guides them to positive outcomes when engaging complex regulatory regimes. This work includes approvals relating to, for example:
- environmental and impact assessments;
- climate change;
- public health;
- land use;
- resource extraction; and
Jennifer supports clients in negotiating complex land and impact benefit agreements for Indigenous organizations.
Her litigation and advisory clients attribute Jennifer's success in helping them achieve their objectives to her powerful yet calm presentation style and her integrity, which are widely recognized in her work both inside and outside of the hearing room.
Jennifer is committed to making a positive impact in the legal profession and wider community. She served as the past chair of Gowling's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council's Recruitment and Retention Committee and is an active member of the Filipino Canadian Lawyers Network. She is a dedicated mentor to lawyers and law students both within and outside the firm. Jennifer is regularly sought out to teach and speak publicly on issues of environmental law and climate change, ESGI, municipal law, freedom of information, emergency and disaster recover and legal practice and procedure. In addition, she is a Climate Governance Expert with the Canada Climate Law Initiative.
Jennifer has spent more than 10 years on boards of local neighborhood community centres and currently serves as co-chair of the Eastview Neighborhood Community Centre, a charitable multi-service facility that offers a range of recreational, social, and capacity-building programs to residents in Toronto's east end.