Neal Smitheman is the chair of Fasken’s Aboriginal Law Group in Toronto. Neal regularly represents mining, oil and gas, energy and forestry companies, municipalities, developers and others in litigation involving constitutional rights, significant land claims, and injunctive relief against “protesters” and others attempting to interfere with clients’ rights. He also has extensive experience in negotiating impact benefit and other agreements between companies and Aboriginal groups. Neal is ranked by Chambers Global in Aboriginal law. Fasken was named the top law firm in Canada for Aboriginal Law by Chambers Global and by Benchmark Litigation the past three years. In addition to his Aboriginal law practice, and with his knowledge of environmental law, Neal has litigated several toxic tort cases. He has developed an extensive criminal and quasi-criminal law practice and is frequently retained to represent clients in various regulatory and competition law matters. Neal currently is the co-Chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Regional Sub-Committee (Canada) on White Collar Crime.