Robert Warren is recognized as one of Canada's leading regulatory lawyers. He specializes in the energy, environmental and transportation fields.
Robert's practice is in the field of public law advocacy, specializing in energy, environmental and transportation law. He has extensive experience before provincial and federal regulatory agencies, and on appeals and judicial review applications from the decisions of those agencies. His experience extends to policy matters, and he has prepared briefs for private and public interest groups on pending federal and provincial legislation.
He is one of the province's most experienced lawyers in the field of energy regulation. He has appeared as counsel in all major Ontario Energy Board proceedings since 1991. In addition, he has advised clients on all facets of the restructuring of the electricity and natural gas markets in Ontario.
Robert's environmental law practice includes advising clients on compliance with federal and provincial environmental protection laws, including municipal by-laws, and on the creation and operation of environmental management systems. He is external counsel to Environmental Protection Review Canada, and a member of the Council for Clean & Reliable Electricity.
Robert represents some of North America's largest public vehicle and trucking companies. He is one of Canada's leading experts in the regulation of the public vehicle industry. He has acted as lead defence counsel in many of the major safety and enforcement cases in the trucking industry.
He has been recognized in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Canada, the Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. He is also continuously recognized as by Best Lawyers® in Canada and Lexpert as a leading lawyer in his field.
"Regulating Utility Governance: An Analysis of the Ontario Energy Board's Role ", September 2016
"The Benefits of Brightfields Developments for Municipalities ", WeirFoulds LLP, June 2016
"The Challenges and Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) for Municipalities ", May 2016
"Corporate Governance for Municipally-Owned Local Electricity Distribution Utilities", April 2016 (with Daniel Ferguson)
"Energy/Tax Law Update 2015", WeirFoulds LLP, April 2015 (with Ryan Morris)
" Regulatory Developments and the Impact on Consumers, Business and the Environment", WeirFoulds LLP, April 2015
"Managing the Challenges Facing Municipalities and their Utilities", WeirFoulds LLP, February 2015
"The Governance of Regulatory Agencies - A Case Study of the Ontario Energy Board", The Council for Clean & Reliable Electricity, January 2015
"Client Newsletter - Spring 2013", WeirFoulds LLP Client Newsletter, March 2013 (with John Buhlman and R. Ian Mitchell)
"Consolidation of Ontario's Electricity Distribution Sector", WeirFoulds LLP Spring 2013 Client Newsletter, March 2013
"Client Newsletter - Fall 2012", WeirFoulds LLP, September 2012
"Not at Fault? You May Still Pay", WeirFoulds LLP Fall 2012 Client Newsletter, August 2012
"Bill 75 and the Auditor General's 2011 Report: Lessons Not Learned", WeirFoulds LLP, June 2012
"Quiz: Legal interests in the pipeline", Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine, April 2012 (with John Buhlman)
"Client Newsletter - Spring 2012", Spring Issue, March 2012 (with Lisa Borsook and John Buhlman)
"Doing Business in Ontario: An Overview of Environmental Protection Law", WeirFoulds LLP, November 2011 (with John Buhlman)
"Quiz: Corporate Governance in the Energy Sector", Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine, October 2011 (with N. William Ross)
"Regulatory Independence: The Impact of the Green Energy Act on the Regulation of Ontario's Energy Sector", WeirFoulds LLP Comment, September 2010
"Legislative Update: Ratepayers Challenge the Constitutionality of Parts of Ontario's Green Energy Law", WeirFoulds LLP, June 2010
"First Ontario Energy Board Decision to Consider the Implementation of Ontario's Green Energy Act", WeirFoulds LLP Comment, May 2010
"Ontario Court of Appeal Confirms Limits on the Freedom of Publicly Regulated Companies", WeirFoulds LLP Comment, May 2010
"Doing Business in Ontario: An Overview of Environmental Protection Law", WeirFoulds LLP , April 2009 (with John Buhlman)
"Renewable Energy Projects: PLanning Powers Reduced", Novae Res Urbis, April 2009 (with Barnet Kussner)
"Proposed Green Energy Act Places Limits on Municipal Land Use Planning Powers", WeirFoulds LLP Government Update - Energy Bulletin, March 2009 (with Barnet Kussner)
Moderator, "Micro Grid Technologies and their Impacts", CCRE Annual Energy Leaders Roundtable, April 13-15, 2016
Awards & Recognition
Recognized as a leading practitioner in Toronto in electricity, and transportation law in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
Recognized in 2016 Benchmark Canada, the Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in 2015 Lexpert® Special Edition – Infrastructure
Recognized as a leading practitioner in Energy Regulatory Law - Electricity, Transportation Law - Truck in Best Lawyers® in Canada and named 2013 Lawyer of the Year in energy regulatory law
Ontario Bar Association
Canadian Transport Lawyers' Association
Canadian Association of Rhodes Scholars
Council for Clean & Reliable Electricity