Paul Seaman is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Vancouver office and has a leading national practice acting on complex constitutional, regulatory, Indigenous, and other public law matters. Paul’s Indigenous law practice focuses on projects and transactions where the Crown’s duty to consult Indigenous Peoples is engaged. This includes acting for clients in the contexts of formal regulatory processes and government-to-government and commercial negotiations involving Indigenous communities, industry, and government. He has litigated at all levels of court across Canada, and was cited in Lexpert®'s Top Ten Cases of 2016 for his representation of an Alberta Métis Settlement in Daniels v. Canada. In 2017, he represented Canada’s National Brewers at the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Comeau, now a leading case concerning the scope of interprovincial free trade between the provinces under s. 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867. Paul has acted on several large-scale, and high-profile resource development projects and related litigation across Canada. The subject-matter of those mandates has included mining, oil & gas pipelines, LNG, forestry, and electricity generation and transmission projects.
Year Called to the Bar:
2011 (ON); 2014 (AB); 2015 (BC); 2017 (YT)