The Team

Paula Lombardi, B.A.A, LL.B
Partner

paula.lombardi@siskinds.com
519-660-7878
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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
Associate

kirsten.mikadze@siskinds.com
416-593-4792
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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.

Jane Sadler Richards, B.Sc.(Agr.), M.Sc., Ph.D., P.Ag., Paralegal
Paralegal, Scientist, Agrologist

519-660-7878

Dr. Jane Sadler Richards’s practice focuses on regulatory issues related to environment and land, and agriculture and food production.

Jane offers a skill set developed over 30 years in a range of roles including: paralegal and tribunal adjudicator; scientist and sustainability specialist; business owner and senior manager; consultant and communicator; and rural land owner (farm) and agricultural producer. She received her Ph.D. from Western University in Plant Sciences (Environmental Science), her M.Sc. and B.Sc.(Agr.) from the University of Guelph, and her Graduate Certificate, Paralegal from Fanshawe College in Ontario, Canada.  She is a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) and is very experienced in Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), a recognized Total Quality Management (TQM) system.

Jane’s work has put her at the intersection between legislation, regulation, life sciences and environmental issues. As an adjudicator, she heard more than 100 appeals before the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal (AFRAAT).  As a consultant, she designed and implemented numerous environmental monitoring programs in a range of settings including hazardous waste and pipeline construction sites, and under corporate crisis conditions immediately after an acute upset at a client’s facility.  Jane has worked with international subcontractors to deliver country-compliant, just-in-time results, and her work has been audited or reviewed hundreds of times across at least seven different compliance regimes.  Jane’s other roles include: Global Specialist, Sustainable Development, Butyl Rubber Business Unit, LANXESS AG; Managing Director, Network for Business Sustainability (NBS), Ivey Business School, Western University; Director, R&D Division, Ecologistics Limited; Director, Scientific Affairs and Senior Research Fellow, George Morris Centre; Senior Soil Conservation Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA); and Registration Officer, United Agri Products.

As a paralegal and member of Siskinds Environmental Group, Jane will draw on her considerable knowledge and experience to help clients find the right resolution to their particular environmental or agricultural compliance issue.