Our Team: More Great Environmental Lawyers
Jennifer Kalnins Temple, J.D.
Counseljennifer @ envirolaw.com 416-962-5009 ext. 5
After graduating from University of Toronto Law School in 2002, Jennifer became an associate at an international law firm, McDermott Will & Emery LLP (“MWE”), in their Manhattan office. Jennifer represented Fortune 500 companies involved in complex litigation relating to products liability, mass torts, and environmental laws, including the U.S. Clean Air Act and the U.S. Energy Policy Act. In 2007, Jennifer was promoted to partner by MWE after which she transferred her practice to its Irvine, California offices, and expanded her portfolio to include cases relating to environmental contamination in California, as well as intellectual property matters.
Jennifer has both jury and bench trial experience representing corporations, as well as not-for-profit associations. In 2011, Jennifer filed a lawsuit on behalf of Surfrider Foundation against a municipality that was illegally restricting public beach access in Southern California, where the state constitution recognizes an individual right to maximum beach access. Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots non-profit environmental organization headquartered in San Clemente, California, that works to preserve and protect the world’s oceans and beaches. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, following Jennifer’s representation of the not-for-profit at a bench trial, a San Diego Superior Court Judge ruled that the city’s actions were “entirely lacking in evidentiary support” and its restrictive by-law was declared void.
Jennifer brings cross-border environmental law expertise to Saxe Law Office, as well as a passion for environmental issues. While in law school at the University of Toronto, Jennifer completed U of T’s Environmental Studies Collaborative Program for graduate students through its Centre for Environment. She was also awarded the Laskin Prize in Constitutional Law.
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys rediscovering Ontario’s many parks, waterfronts and green spaces with her husband and their two children.
Paula Boutis, LL.B, M.Sc.
Senior Associate (on maternity leave)
Welcome back to environmental litigator Paula Boutis, who returns to our firm after growing her practice and experience in other firms.
Many of you will remember Paula, who started her practice with us in 2001. Since then, she had the good fortune to work in a variety of places and learn from many excellent lawyers. She remains counsel to Iler Campbell, doing litigation and corporate matters for charities, co-ops and non-profits. But her first love remains environmental law, which she taught at Centennial College for the School of Engineering and Applied Science,
“I am truly delighted to return to Saxe Law Office, and look forward to many years with Dianne, her staff, and the firm’s many wonderful clients,” Paula says.
Since starting her practice in 2001, Paula has combined her Masters of Biology with her specialization in environmental law from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University to provide her clients with top notch environmental legal advice. She has serviced corporate, non profit and municipal clients, giving her a diverse perspective on the complex environmental issues that our laws and policies seek to address.
Paula has provided opinions on a variety of environmental legal issues, ranging from municipal by-law powers, to obligations under various environmental statutes. As a litigator, she has practiced before various administrative tribunals, in the provincial and superior courts, and at all appellate level courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
In 2013, Paula joined the faculty at Centennial College, where she taught the Environmental Legislation & Regulation course to students enrolled in the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. Since then, Paula has been guest lecturer at the faculty.
In her spare time, Paula enjoys the outdoors with her family and friends, and volunteers her time with environmentally or socially minded organizations.
Meredith applies her background in biology and working with non-governmental organizations to her work with Saxe Law Office. She has worked for both Environment Canada studying contaminated sites and for Sierra Club Canada’s Prairie Chapter as the Associate Chapter Director. Her academic research has been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Environmental Law and Practice. At law school, Meredith participated in the Laskin Moot, the Canadian National Mediation Advocacy Competition, and the ICC International Commercial Mediation Advocacy Competition. She also founded the environmental law students group, GreenLegal.
Before joining Saxe Law Office, Meredith clerked for the Honourable Justice Denis Pelletier of the Federal Court of Appeal.
- Juris Doctor – University of Saskatchewan
- Bachelor of Science, Environmental Biology – University of Alberta
- Alma Wiebe Prize in Dispute Resolution (2010)
- Walter and Hertha Tucker Fellowship (2010)
- Alastair M. Nicol Scholarship (2009)
- McCarthy Tetrault Leadership Award (2009)
- Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan Branch) Prize (2009)
- Lorelle and David Schoenfeld Award in Environmental Law (2009)