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Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Environmental Law, 2021

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Municipal Law, 2021

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Real Estate Law, 2021

The Legal 500 Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recommended, Environment, 2020

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Catherine Lyons - Repeatedly Recommended, Property Development, 2020

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Environmental Law, 2020

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Municipal Law, 2020

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Real Estate Law, 2020

Lexpert Magazine, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Energy, 2019

Lexpert Magazine, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Infrastructure, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Environmental Law, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Municipal Law, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Real Estate Law, 2019

The Legal 500 Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recommended, Environmental, 2019

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Catherine Lyons - Repeatedly Recommended, Property Development, 2019

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Catherine Lyons - Consistently Recommended, Property Development, 2018

Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Municipal Law, 2018

Lexpert Special Edition, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Energy, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Environmental Law, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Municipal Law, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Real Estate Law, 2018

Lexpert Special Edition, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Infrastructure, 2017

Lexpert Special Edition, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Canada's Leading Global Mining Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, 2017

Lexpert Special Edition, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Energy, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Environmental Law, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Real Estate Law, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Municipal Law, 2017

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Catherine Lyons - Repeatedly Recommended, Property Development, 2017

Lexpert Special Edition, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Energy, 2016

Lexpert Special Edition, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Infrastructure, 2016

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Catherine Lyons - Repeatedly Recommended, Property Development, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Environmental Law, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Municipal Law, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Real Estate Law, 2016

Lexpert Special Edition, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, 2016

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Catherine Lyons - Repeatedly Recommended, Property Development, 2015

Lexpert Special Edition, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Infrastructure, 2015

Lexpert Special Edition, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, 2015

Lexpert Special Edition, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail’s ROB Magazine, Energy Law, 2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Environmental Law, 2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Municipal Law, 2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Real Estate Law, 2015

Lexpert Special Edition, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Infrastructure, 2014

Lexpert Special Edition, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Energy, 2014

Lexpert Special Edition, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, 2014

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Municipal Law, 2014

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Real Estate Law, 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Catherine Lyons - Repeatedly Recommended, Environmental Law, 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Catherine Lyons - Repeatedly Recommended, Property Development, 2014

Lexpert Special Edition, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Infrastructure, 2013

Lexpert Special Edition, Catherine Lyons - Ranked - Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, Mining and Natural Resources, 2013

Martindale-Hubbell, Catherine Lyons - BV Peer Review Rated, Environmental, Land Development

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Real Estate Law, 2013

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Catherine Lyons - Repeatedly Recommended, Property Development, 2013

Best Lawyers in Canada, Catherine Lyons - Recognized, Real Estate Law, 2012

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Catherine Lyons - Repeatedly Recommended, Property Development, 2012

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Catherine Lyons - Repeatedly Recommended, Property Development, 2011

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Catherine Lyons - Repeatedly Recommended, Property Development, 2010

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Catherine Lyons - Repeatedly Recommended, Municipal, Planning and Property Tax, 2004

Catherine Lyons

Partner

clyons@Goodmans.ca vCard
Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.4183
Fax:   416.979.1234

Kate Lyons is a partner at Goodmans. She dedicates her practice to representing both private and public sector clients at the intersection of municipal and environmental law.

Her expertise includes a wide range of municipal and environmental approvals, in particular in situations where there are disparate public, private and institutional stakeholders. In both the urban and suburban settings, she has been instrumental in navigating the complex regulatory framework in order to obtain permits and approvals.

She has represented the Town of Oakville in a number of challenging cases. For example, as lead counsel for the Town, she successfully obtained a landmark Ontario Municipal Board approval for a community plan encompassing 7,500 acres which included the preservation of over 1,000 acres of natural heritage land. A recent article in the Ontario Planning Journal noted that Kate and her Goodmans colleagues “marshalled the [3 levels of government] into a formidable negotiating team”. The Town’s team is described as “the dream team, capable of dealing with everything thrown at it”. Kate continues to represent the Town of Oakville in a number of ongoing matters.

Kate is well known for her expertise in water resource and natural heritage matters including cases before the Ontario Municipal Board, prosecutions, permitting and transactional work. Her experience in Brownfield redevelopment includes involvement with the Gooderham & Worts historic Distillery District in Toronto, the Shipyards redevelopment in Collingwood, Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation, and countless projects where industrial land has been successfully transformed for residential and parkland uses. For example, she represents Infrastructure Ontario and Ontario Power Generation in the sale of a significant waterfront site which was formerly home to a coal fired power plant.

Kate’s redevelopment experience includes cost sharing agreements, infrastructure financing and environmental approvals associated with infrastructure requirements and her environmental expertise extends to providing advice on corporate transactions involving the evaluation and allocation of environmental risks and costs and matters of social licence. She has acted in numerous transactions in sectors which include mining, natural resources, and manufacturing. She provided environmental advice on Acasta Enterprises Inc.’s $1.2 billion qualifying acquisition of Apollo Health and Beauty Care Partnership, JemPak Corporation and Stellwagen Group and to Enwave in its acquisition of the assets of Veresen Inc.’s London, Ontario and Prince Edward Island district energy businesses.

Kate is consistently recognized for her outstanding contributions on some of Canada’s most complex environmental and municipal law matters. She was most recently named the 2018 Toronto “Municipal Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in Canada and, also in 2018, The Legal 500 recognized Kate in the area of Environmental Law, and published the following about her: “At Goodmans, Catherine Lyons is revered for her ‘incredible knowledge, negotiation skills and commitment’. Lyons heads a practice that is hailed as a ‘top choice for large transactions with complex environmental issues’ — it also advises on permitting matters, environmental prosecutions and brownfield redevelopment”.

More broadly, Kate is recognized as a leading lawyer by The Best Lawyers in Canada for real estate, municipal and environmental law and by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for property development. She has also been recognized as a leading practitioner in the Lexpert Special Editions on Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers, Energy Lawyers and Lawyers in Global Mining. Kate is the former President of the National Club and a former Director of the Textile Museum of Canada.
 

Education University of Toronto (LL.B., 1988)
University of New Brunswick (B.A. (Hons., Dean's List), 1982)
Professional Affiliations

Canadian Bar Association (Ontario)
Past Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association