The Aird & Berlis Energy Law Group
As recognized experts in the energy sector, clients rely on our Energy Group for trusted advice and skilled representation in a broad spectrum of energy-related projects using traditional forms of energy as well as alternative sources such as wind and solar power, biogas and ethanol.
We continuously build our knowledge and expertise by keeping current on changes in the energy and environment sectors and understanding how those changes may impact our clients. Through our Energy Insider blog, we regularly share relevant news and regulatory updates, providing a valuable resource to our industry partners and clients.
Fred D. Cass is Co-Chair of the Aird & Berlis Energy Group. He became a lawyer in 1980 and has been working in the energy/regulatory field since that time. Fred is repeatedly recognized as a leader in the energy field by publications such as Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, The Legal 500 Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and The Best Lawyers in Canada. He was also named Best Lawyers’ 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” (Energy Regulatory Law: Toronto).
He has been appearing before energy regulatory tribunals for over 30 years and, throughout that period, has been frequently and actively involved in providing advice with regard to regulatory policy and strategy.
David Stevens is a partner and a member of A&B’s Energy Group. David has practised in the area of energy regulation for over 20 years. He advises gas and electric utilities, and other participants in Ontario’s electricity market, on a wide range of regulatory and commercial issues, and regularly appears before the Ontario Energy Board. Among other things, David has expertise in regulatory issues related to ratemaking, policy interpretation, customer protection, cost allocation and stakeholder relations. David has been recognized in Chambers Canada in Energy: Provincial Regulatory (Ontario), The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Energy Regulatory Law and in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Energy (Electricity).
Ron Clark’s energy practice involves counselling stakeholder groups, retailers, distributors and generators on legislative and policy matters relating to electricity markets. He has been retained in connection with power procurement arrangements, development of generation and cogeneration facilities and the Ontario government’s clean energy supply and renewable energy supply RFPs and contracts. He has been involved in electricity restructuring in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Albania, Macedonia and the Regional Southeast European market. He has also chaired the Ontario Energy Association’s Task Force on Ontario’s proposed electricity legislation. Ron is the author of Regulation and Governance of Municipally-Owned Corporations in Ontario (Lexis/Nexis), a co-author of Energy Regulation in Ontario: Electricity (Lexis/Nexis) and has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Energy by The Legal 500 Canada, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
Dennis O’Leary is Co-Chair of A&B’s Energy Group. Dennis has extensive experience in the area of energy litigation. He has appeared before all levels of the courts and numerous administrative tribunals in respect of a broad range of regulatory and litigation matters, many of which involved significant energy law matters.
Dennis provides advice and acts as counsel on a wide range of issues, including the Ontario Energy Board in respect of divisional court appeals, as co-counsel to board staff at several rate and facilities hearings and assisting board staff with the development of the draft codes for use in Ontario’s deregulated electricity sector. He acted as the facilitator at the board-mandated settlement conference held as part of an application by one of Ontario’s major utilities for approval of its rates. Dennis has appeared before the National Energy Board in respect of toll and facilities hearings. He provides legal advice to international utilities on the regulation of electricity and natural gas at both the federal and provincial levels. Dennis is recommended in The Legal 500 Canada for his expertise in the practice area of Energy: Power.
Scott Stoll is a partner and member of the firm’s Energy Group. He is a professional engineer as well as a lawyer, and his experience in the energy field totals over 20 years. Scott has extensive experience in the electricity and natural gas sector. He represents and advises a number of renewable power generators (water, wind, biogas, landfill gas, solar) as well as natural gas and combined heat and power generation clients. His advice focuses on regulatory issues, access to Crown land, IESO contracts (e.g. CES, CHP, FIT and microFIT), negotiating connection agreements and First Nation consultation.
Scott has represented many clients in regulatory proceedings for policy development, infrastructure approvals, rate orders, licensing and compliance matters. He has acted for a diverse range of clients and this has provided him with a unique understanding of the motivating factors and concerns for each segment of the industry, thereby enabling him to help clients successfully navigate through the regulatory regime. Scott is recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the fields of Energy Regulatory Law and Environmental Law. He is also recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Energy (Electricity).
Randy Williamson is a partner and a member of A&B’s Corporate/Commercial Group. Randy advises private companies and their owner-managers, private equity and venture capital investors, as well as public issuers, on acquisitions and divestitures, senior and subordinated debt and equity financings, and business structuring matters. Randy also helps organizations structure and negotiate shareholder, partnership, joint venture, outsourcing, distribution and licensing arrangements. Randy has a particular focus on Canada’s renewable energy and clean technology sectors.