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 assisted in the development of the sustainability and compliance course at Fanshawe College that is focused on regulatory requirements.  Paula also teaches the environmental law course at University of Western Ontario law school.

Michael Connell, J.D, B.A

Michael Connell’s practice focuses on providing strategic advice and counsel to landowners, municipalities, developers and other related stakeholders regarding issues of land development, environmental regulation, and resource management. Michael regularly represents his clients before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board) and the Environmental Review Tribunal.

Michael’s practice also includes a full range of services related to environmental contamination, including civil litigation, risk mitigation, regulatory compliance and assistance with permits and contracts for clients across several industries.

Michael is license to practice law in Ontario and New York. Prior to joining Siskinds, Michael worked in a full service Toronto firm in the area of land use planning and environmental law. Before practicing law in Ontario, Michael was Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at a public affairs and policy firm, where he advised energy and natural resource sector clients on the full suite of federal environmental legislation and regulation. He completed his articles with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.


Chantal deSereville, LL.B, B.C.L, B.A

Chantal practices in the areas of environmental, municipal, regulatory and administrative law. Chantal articled with Siskinds prior to her call to the bar in 2018.

Chantal obtained both civil law and common law degrees from McGill University in 2017. During law school, Chantal was active in the community, volunteering at multiple community legal clinics in Montreal. She was a teaching assistant for first year contract law and also served as a student advocate at McGill’s Student Advocacy Centre, where she represented students facing academic integrity infractions.

Chantal is a former competitive dancer, having extensive training in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and acrobatic dance. In her spare time Chantal enjoys yoga, travelling, and reading fiction.