Laura Van Soelen

Laura Van Soelen is a Toronto-based partner in Gowling WLG's Energy Group. Her practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, energy regulatory law and energy related advisory work.

Laura works with clients in the nuclear, natural gas and renewable energy sectors. On matters pertaining to cap and trade compliance, facilities approvals, jurisdictional issues, rates applications and licensing applications - she represents public agencies, private sector companies and intervenors in litigation (including arbitration) and in processes before the the Ontario Energy Board, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

Laura advises clients on compliance and regulatory implications of mergers, acquisitions and project development, as well as on emerging issues such as climate change compliance and integration of distributed energy resources into broader energy systems. Her practice also includes commercial dispute resolution work on behalf of IT service providers, real estate developers and construction companies.

Laura delivers creative, effective and on-budget solutions to her clients' legal problems, employing project management, strategic analysis and e-discovery tools.

She regularly engages in pro bono work and mentors associates.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2008

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2007

    • Education
      Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB
  • 2004

    • Education
      McMaster University, BHSc (Hons)


  • The Advocates' Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)
  • Canadian Nuclear Law Organization
  • International Nuclear Law Association


  • Co-counsel to private company seeking licence amendment and export permits before the CNSC
  • Counsel to intervenor in facilities and rates applications before the OEB
  • Co-counsel to electricity retailer in compliance proceeding before the OEB


  • Counsel to a major energy company regarding a multibillion-dollar infrastructure project
  • Counsel to property owners and service providers in disputes concerning energy programs in Ontario (e.g., Feed-In-Tariff Program)


  • Counsel to construction companies and real estate developers on injunctions and lien matters