Wally Braul is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Advocacy Group, and is one of Western Canada’s most highly regarded energy, Indigenous law and environmental lawyers. Based in Vancouver and Calgary, Wally leads Gowling WLG’s western environmental practice group. He has been repeatedly recognized by peer reviews such as Legal 500, Lexpert, The Best Lawyers in Canada and Who’s Who Legal.
Wally brings a nuanced understanding of competing perspectives to form pragmatic business solutions and litigation strategies. He maintains strong working relationships with federal and provincial regulators to keep abreast of unfolding policies and requirements. He has previously acted for regulators in litigation matters (including a precedent-setting case that imposed liability on a foreign subsidiary for environmental problems caused by its Canadian subsidiary), as well as law reform (such as the drafting of B.C.’s contaminated sites legislation, regulations and policy advice to the federal government on imports of hazardous waste).
Wally is a frequent commentator on energy-related legal developments, having authored numerous articles and presented at many conferences. He is also a contributing editor for the Environment Law journal. Before joining Gowling WLG, he was a partner at another well-respected Canadian law firm and served as the co-chair of that firm’s Aboriginal law practice group.
Called to the Bar in B.C. and Alberta, Wally also holds a masters degree in urban and regional planning. Prior to practising law, he served as the director of land use planning for a regional government in northeast British Columbia.