Nicholas Tollefson

Nicholas (Nick) Tollefson is an associate in Gowling WLG’s Vancouver office, practising in the firm’s Advocacy and Environmental Law Groups. His practice focusses on civil litigation and assisting clients with a wide range of both environmental and commercial disputes.

On the environmental side, Nick works on contaminated sites litigation, quasi-criminal environmental prosecution and defence, disputes involving energy purchase contracts, and a wide range of environmental matters before various boards and tribunals. On the commercial front, Nick helps clients resolve contractual disputes, construction and builders liens claims, real estate disputes, and a wide range of general civil litigation matters. Nick has advocated for his clients before both the British Columbia Supreme Court and Provincial Court.

Nick also provides legal advice on environmental regulatory matters, helping clients navigate the regulatory framework in which their businesses operate. Prior to joining the firm, Nick developed a keen understanding of the governmental regulatory process during his time working as a policy analyst at a provincial regulator within the BC Ministry of the Attorney General.

Nick received his law degree from the University of Victoria. While attending law school, he honed his advocacy skills by participating in a national environmental law moot and a legal negotiation competition, and was recognized for his academic achievement in insurance law. Nick also spent a clinical term as a temporary articled student at the University of Victoria’s legal clinic, the Law Centre. In this role, he provided legal representation to under-served clients before courts and administrative boards.

Before pursuing his legal education, Nick obtained a BA in Psychology from Queen’s University, where he was also a pitcher on the university’s varsity baseball team. Nick now enjoys putting his baseball skills to use as a member of the Gowling WLG softball team.