Natalie Mullins is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, practising in the Advocacy and Environmental Litigation departments.
Natalie has been litigating complex commercial and environmental cases for over 14 years. She appears frequently in all levels of Ontario Courts, including the Court of Appeal, and has conducted many trials, private arbitrations and hearings before administrative tribunals. Natalie is a passionate litigator, but is also practical and results oriented. She provides strategic advice to clients at all phases of litigation, and also on alternative dispute resolution. Natalie has extensive experience negotiating and structuring intricate multi-party settlements.
Natalie's specific expertise is litigating and advising clients on complex land contamination disputes, often involving numerous parties and properties. She was counsel in a leading and recent contaminated sites case before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Natalie prosecutes and defends claims, in particular arising from on-site property contamination and off-site migration of contaminated substances, including gasoline and dry cleaning solvents. Natalie acts for several large oil companies and clients in various industries, including the manufacturing, service, real estate, insurance and mining sectors. She also represents individuals and municipalities.
In connection with her environmental practice, Natalie provides clients with practical legal advice relating to various environmental matters, including advice on the purchase and sale of contaminated properties, site remediation and site decommissioning. Natalie works extensively with environmental consultants, property appraisers and other technical experts. She frequently reviews Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, property remediation reports, appraisals and risk assessments. Natalie helps clients understand the legal and practical implications of these assessments and provides clients with strategic advice on how to achieve positive outcomes while managing costs. She also assists clients in responding to or appealing orders issued by the Ministry of the Environment.
In addition to Environmental Litigation, Natalie practices general corporate commercial litigation and is experienced in litigating breach of contract issues, torts, fraud claims, shareholder disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, and issues arising out of real estate transactions.
Natalie is fluently bilingual. She can assist clients and conduct negotiations in both French and English.