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Jack D. Coop*


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Jack specializes in all aspects of environmental litigation: civil actions, prosecutions, class actions, administrative hearings, and judicial review applications, including advice work on how to avoid such litigation and successfully deal with regulators. Jack’s environmental litigation expertise has been refined through more than twenty years as an Ontario Crown counsel and ten years in private practice. As Crown counsel, Jack spent ten years with the Ministry of the Attorney General representing all ministries of the Crown in civil litigation (including civil actions for damages, class actions and judicial review) and ten years with the Ministry of the Environment conducting prosecutions and hearings.

Jack’s practice with the firm focuses on civil actions, judicial review, environmental hearings and the defense of prosecutions. He has litigated in every level of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court. He has written and taught extensively in the fields of environmental law and regulatory liability, including as Adjunct Professor at both the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School. Jack is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Environmental Law.


APRIL 13 2018

Congratulations to our Lawyers Recognized in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

We are is pleased to announce that several of our lawyers have been named as leaders in their field in The 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, and the firm itself has been ranked in Property Leasing and Property Development as a consistently recommended firm.

Fogler, Rubinoff lawyers named in the directory include:

Jack D. Coop – Environmental, Repeatedly Recommended

Steven A. Cygelfarb –  Property Leasing, Consistently Recommended

Michael B. Fraleigh –  Medical Negligence, Repeatedly Recommended

Bill Hearn – Advertising & Marketing Law, Consistently Recommended

Martin L. Middlestadt – Property Leasing, Repeatedly Recommended

Kenneth W. Movat –  Construction Law, Repeatedly Recommended

Matthew Norris – M&A, Lawyers to Watch

Colleen Spring Zimmerman –  Intellectual Property, Repeatedly Recommended

Michael S. Wolfish –  Property Leasing, Consistently Recommended

About the Lexpert Rankings

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory is an annual ranking of Canadian lawyers in over 60 practice areas, based on peer review surveys plus personal interviews with senior members of the profession. Details of the Lexpert survey process and ranking criteria can be viewed online at The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

MARCH 29 2018

Ecojustice Denied Leave to Intervene as "Friend Of Court"

In a very short but useful decision from Chief Justice Strathy of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Huang v. Fraser Hillary's Limited, 2018 ONCA 277 (CanLII), the Court denied the environmental group Ecojustice leave to intervene in an appeal as a "friend of the court"...

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DECEMBER 05 2017

ERT Forces Settled Appellant And Director To Seek Submissions Of Public At Pre-Hearing Conference

In SEJJ Environmental Solutions Inc. v. Ontario (Environment and Climate Change)[1],  a decision of the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal released on November 24, 2017, the Tribunal forced an appellant and the Ministry Director who settled the appellant's appeal before any Pre-hearing Conference had been held, and before any other "parties, participants or presenters" had been identified by the Tribunal, to essentially seek the input of these third parties before it would consider approving the settlement...


[1] SEJJ Environmental Solutions Inc. v. Ontario (Environment and Climate Change), 2017 CanLII 80040 (ON ERT).

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NOVEMBER 13 2017

Jack Coop shares his perspective with Law Times in the article "OCA lifts roadblock for Chevron case".

According to Jack, "while the court had the best intentions to do what is just, it may have inadvertently changed the factors or principles for such motions. As someone who litigates a lot of environmental civil actions, we do want to be assured that cost rules are being applied fairly and equally to all groups, including even meritorious environmental groups.” 

Jack recently authored an update on the Yaiguaje v. Chevron saga, and its importance  to environmental lawyers, particularly given the recent growth of interest by governments in encouraging corporate social responsibility by companies operating extractive industries on foreign soil.

NOVEMBER 09 2017

Jack Coop profiled by the CBC in the article "Pasqua First Nation threatens Sask. gov't with legal action over Quill Lakes water channel"

Accroding to Jack, the minister's decision to skip environmental review is illegal because the ministry didn't consult the First Nations and overlooked "widespread public concern" generated by the plan, which the province has refused to share publicly.


NOVEMBER 03 2017

Ontario Court Of Appeal Sets Aside Security For Costs Order In Yaiguaje v. Chevron Case

In a decision released on October 31, 2017, a three judge panel of the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned a September 21, 2017 decision by the Court of Appeal motions judge that required the Ecuadorian plaintiffs in this case to post $942,951 as security for costs as a condition of proceeding with their appeals to the Court of Appeal...

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Jack Coop Recognized as a Noted Practitioner by Chambers Canada

Jack Coop has been recognized as a Noted Practitioner by Chambers Canada in Environmental Law.

AUGUST 22 2017

10 Fogler Rubinoff Partners Ranked in The Best Lawyers in Canada

Fogler, Rubinoff is pleased to announce that the following lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada.

  • Steven A. Cygelfarb - Real Estate Law
  • Jack D. Coop – Environmental Law
  • Milton A. Davis - Legal Malpractice Law
  • Michael B. Fraleigh - Health Care Law
  • Jeffrey B. Goldenberg - Real Estate Law
  • Bill Hearn - Advertising & Marketing Law
  • Ian Kady - Real Estate Law
  • Martin Middlestadt – Real Estate Law
  • Kenneth W. Movat - Construction Law
  • Colleen Spring Zimmerman - Intellectual Property Law 

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding lawyers by conducting peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.                            

JULY 27 2017

Who's Who Legal Recognizes Colleen Spring Zimmerman and Jack Coop

The 2017 eiditon of Who's Who Legal: Canada Recognizes Colleen Spring Zimmerman and Jack Coop as leading practitioners in Trademarks and Environmental Law, respectively. 

MAY 01 2017

Nine lawyers profiled as leading practitioners in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory

The 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory  has profiled nine Fogler Rubinoff lawyers as leading practitioners:

Jack D. Coop - Environmental

Steven A. Cygelfarb - Property Leasing

Michael B. Fraleigh - Medical Negligence

Bill Hearn - Advertising & Marketing Law

Justin Jakubiak - Corporate Comerical Litigation

Martin L. Middlestadt - Property Leasing

Kenneth W. Movat - Construction Law

Colleen Spring Zimmerman - Intellectual Property

Michael S. Wolfish - Property Leasing

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory ranks individual lawyers across 64 areas of expertise and firms in over 40 practice areas. Recommendations for lawyers in the annual publication are the product of an extensive peer review process, with firm rankings tabulated from the cumulative rankings of individuals within each practice area reviewed.

FEBRUARY 08 2017

Court Terminates Pollution Enforcement Action As Against Canadian Subsidiary Of Chevron

On January 20, 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a summary judgment decision in the case of Yaiguaje v Chevron Corporation, terminating a civil claim by Ecuadorian plaintiffs against Chevron Canada Limited ("CCL")...

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JANUARY 27 2017

Supreme Court Of Canada Releases Judgment On Defence Of Officially Induced Error

In an oral judgment released today in R. v. Bedard, the Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed the elements of the defense of officially induced error, as set out in its 2006 decision in Lévis (City) v. Tétreault...

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JANUARY 24 2017

Ontario Court Of Appeal Makes Significant Limitations Ruling

In a decision released January 11, 2017 - Crombie Property Holdings Limited v. McColl-Frontenac Inc. et. al - the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned a summary judgment decision of the Superior Court of Justice that dismissed a civil lawsuit seeking damages for property contamination based upon the running of a limitation period...

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DECEMBER 08 2016

New Regulations And Proclamations Under The Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016

As reported in our November 28, 2016 Energy and Environmental Law Newsletter, on November 30, 2016, the new Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016 and its two scheduled statutes, the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 were proclaimed into law. The old Waste Diversion Act, 2002, was repealed...

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NOVEMBER 29 2016

New Regulations And Proclamations Under The Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is moving to implement its new waste diversion legislation, the Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016 (WFOA)...


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Four Recent Decisions Raise Concern About Parity in Sentencing

Four recent Ontario Provincial Court sentencing decisions - two under the Occupational Health & Safety Act ("OHSA"), and two under the Environmental Protection Act ("EPA"), throw into high relief the disparity of sentencing approaches under the two statutes, and suggest that environmental offences may be drawing disproportionately high fines...

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  • Canadian Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Advocates Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Toronto Law Journal, Environmental Editor


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1985
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D.
  • University of Manitoba, B.A. (Hons.)

Professional Designations

  • Certified Specialist in Environmental Law


  • 2018 Chambers Canada, Environmental Law: Noted Practitioner
  • Who's Who Legal, Recognized as a leading Environmental practitioner in the 2017 Canada edition
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2018, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Environmental Law
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada, since 2014:  Environmental Law
  • 2017 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers: Leading Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell: Civil Litigation, Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Municipal Law, BV® Distinguished™


  • YMCA, Volunteer Instructor
  • First Interfaith Out of the Cold Program, Congregation Darchei Noam and St. Matthews United Church, Volunteer
  • Friends for Life Bike Rally (Toronto People With AIDS Foundation), Volunteer Rider
  • Ride to Conquer Cancer, Volunteer Rider

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