Our Team: More Great Environmental Lawyers

Paula Boutis, LLB 

paula @ envirolaw.com
416-962-5009 ext. 2

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 still works part time with our friends at 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 teaches the Environmental Legislation & Regulation course to students enrolled in the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science.

In her spare time, Paula enjoys the outdoors with her family and friends, and volunteers her time with environmentally or socially minded organizations.

Meredith James

meredith @ envirolaw.com
416-962-5009 ext. 3

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.

Meredith is a member of the board of Cycle Toronto as well as a a volunteer with the Homework Help for Teens program.


  • Juris Doctor – University of Saskatchewan
  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Biology – University of Alberta
Awards and Distinctions
  • 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)