Our Team: More Great Environmental Lawyers

Jennifer Kalnins Temple, J.D.


jennifer @ envirolaw.com
416-962-5009 ext. 5

Jennifer Kalnins TempleSaxe Law Office is excited to welcome Jennifer Kalnins Temple to our team.  Jennifer recently returned to Canada after spending over a decade litigating environmental issues in the United States.

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)

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 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 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 for Cycle Toronto and the Climate Change Lawyers Network 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)

Kristen Courtney
Contract Lawyer

kriscourtney @ hotmail.com
K. Courtney Profile

After graduating from the University of Toronto’s J.D. / Environmental Studies program in 2008 (where she was awarded the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Fellowship and the Fogler Rubinoff Prize in Municipal and Planning Law), Kristen articled at Waterous Holden Amey Hitchon in Brantford, ON, where she practiced civil litigation, representing both individual and corporate clients in various courts and tribunals.

Kristen then returned to focus on environmental and natural resources law at the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, where she provided nonpartisan legal analysis to M.P.s, senators and parliamentary committees. As analyst to the House of Commons Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development and several of the special committees struck to review omnibus budget bills, and lead analyst to the Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, Kristen was responsible for a number of high-profile legislative files from 2010 to 2012 ? including amendments to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Fisheries Act, Canadian Wheat Board Act, and more.

As a contract lawyer, Kristen brings her experience in environmental law and insight gained into the political world to assist clients in navigating the legislative process, conducting legal research, and constructing sound and persuasive statutory interpretation arguments.

In 2012, Kristen was awarded a fellowship from the Munk School of Global Affairs to write about legal issues, during which she broke a number of news stories on Aboriginal and natural resources law in national and international publications, including the National Post, Toronto Star and Thomson Reuters’ AlertNet.

Since 2013, Kristen has been acting as an independent legal contractor while also pursuing her other career as a professional downhill mountain bike racer. Kristen races in competitions across North America and by the end of the current season will have represented Canada at five World Cups.