The Team

Paula Lombardi, B.A.A, LL.B
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Paula Lombardi practices in the areas of environmental, municipal, regulatory and administrative law. Prior to joining Siskinds, Paula worked as an associate at a Bay Street law firm where her practice focused on occupational health and safety, environmental and regulatory matters. Paula recently spent two years as in-house counsel for a major privately owned US corporation, whose owner is on the Forbes 500 list, and was responsible for all Canadian legal and business issues relating to the import and export of goods, transportation of hazardous materials, remediation of contaminated sites, construction of large infrastructure projects, regulatory compliance, NAFTA matters, and preparation of environmental assessments in the US and Canada.

Paula has a great deal of experience in: providing due diligence advice; dealing with contamination issues; handling of organic chemicals and hazardous wastes; obtaining environmental approvals; obtaining planning and development approvals; providing advice to municipalities; defending environmental prosecutions; and assisting companies with environmental and regulatory compliance. Paula has appeared before numerous administrative tribunals.

Paula will begin instructing at a post-secondary level this coming fall. She will teach sustainability and compliance at Fanshawe College, where she will focus on regulatory requirements. She will also instruct environmental law at University of Western Ontario, where she will provide an introduction into the foundation of environmental law.

Kirsten Mikadze
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Kirsten holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, where she focused her studies on the Canadian and international dimensions of environmental regulation. She also holds an LL.M. from McGill University. Her thesis examined the role of public participation in investor-state treaty arbitrations affecting domestic environmental regulation. Over the course of her studies, she has received numerous awards and fellowships.

She articled and subsequently worked as a contract lawyer with Ecojustice, a not-for-profit organization conducting public interest environmental litigation. While there, she worked on path-breaking environmental litigation in areas ranging from endangered species to pesticides regulation, among others.

In addition to her litigation work, Kirsten is an accomplished researcher and writer. She has worked for several years as a contractor providing research to legal academics and practitioners on a range of topics, mostly in environmental, administrative, and international law. She has also published and widely presented her own work.

Prior to law school, Kirsten worked for a number of years with the provincial government, largely in the field of occupational health and safety. Among other roles, she led a large team in managing benefit entitlement for, and facilitating the recovery of, injured workers.

In her free time, she enjoys volunteering in the community, doing yoga, and exploring the city. She speaks Russian and French in addition to her native English.