Dispute resolution: Quebec in Canada

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

At Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, the Toronto office is a frequently involved in proceedings before the Supreme Court of Canada, Tax Court and all levels of the Federal Courts, among other venues. The practice is led by Kent Thomson who has overseen leading law of oppression, IP, tax, plans of arrangement, broadcasting and copyright cases and is also home to class action, competition, securities and cross-border litigation specialist, Sandra Forbes. Matthew Milne-Smith is a further standout, owing to his prowess in constitutional challenges, insolvency proceedings and novel tort claims, as is Derek Ricci, an expert in mining and fraud matters. As for the offering in Quebec, Louis-Martin O’Neill takes lead and is supported by William Brock, a go-to for both corporates and government entities, as well as Guy Du Pont whose key strengths include tax, corporate, criminal and environmental law disputes. Further star names include Jean-Philippe Groleau, one of the market’s foremost names in public law affairs, and class-action defence specialist, Julie Girard.

Practice head(s):

Louis-Martin O’Neill

Other key lawyers:

William Brock; Guy Du Pont; Jean-Philippe Groleau; Julie Girard; Marc-André Boutin; Louis-Martin O’Neill; Nick Rodrigo; Cara Cameron; Jean-Philippe Groleau; Julie Girard; Léon Moubayed; Corey Omer; Faiz Lalani; Guillaume Charlebois

Testimonials

‘The Davies litigation team is one of the top in the country. Their strength relies in unbeatable and flawless level of preparation. They know the details of their case inside out, and talk to it, with persuasion.’

‘Their mastering of their cases, the strategic advice and the ease with which they present their cases to the court.’

‘The team is smart, highly responsive and perhaps most importantly a group of very good listeners. This allows them to understand and react quickly. They are disciplined in their focus on advancing the litigation strategy. They do not get distracted by things that are unimportant and therefore become counter tactical.’

‘Chantelle Cseh is a standout partner at this firm. She is a strong team player who uses her considerable legal, practical and interpersonal expertise to lead complex multi-party litigation strategies.’

‘Best bet-the-farm litigation team in the country! Very strategic, very hard-working and at the same time they know how to listen, makes for brilliant advocacy.’

‘Luis Sarabia and Kent Thomson are brilliant strategists and fierce advocates. Derek Ricci has the hallmarks of a star litigator.’

‘Strong team, led by leading litigators, with strong up and comers.’

‘Chantelle Cseh has done a great job of transitioning from a second chair to Sandy Forbes and Kent Thompson to a leading lawyer in her own right, who can be trusted with the most complex commercial matters.’

‘Extremely smart, tenacious and business minded. Davies lawyers look for a path to the desired outcome, not all of the obstacles in the way. In terms of innovation, my sense is that Davies is not interested in doing things differently as a marketing exercise or as a performative measure. They do things differently and creatively when it can help advance the client’s position.’

‘Always available. Proactive. Open to constructive input. Think about the relationship beyond a single mandate. They are in it to win.’

‘They are stellar advocates, with superb written product and outstanding advocacy. They are the tops in the Canadian market.’

‘Kent Thomson and Luis Sarabia are both superstars. Tremendous client service and outstanding advocates.’

‘Diverse talent base capable of handling a variety of legal needs without changing firms. I have used them for bankruptcy issues, shareholder proxy battles, litigation and dispute resolution.’

‘Focus on client success be it through legal means or commercial resolution. Trustworthy. Integrity.’

‘Excellent advocates. Collaborative. Civil and respectful barrister.’

‘Chantelle Cse and Luis Sarabia are both leading counsel, who are routinely involved in some of the most interesting and complex cases.’

Key clients

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Glencore Canada Corporation

Honeywell International Inc.

Rogers Communications Inc.

Cominar REIT

Quebecor Inc.

Nemaska Lithium Inc.

Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to Cominar REIT, one of Canada’s largest diversified real estate investment trusts and the largest commercial property owner in Québec, in its C$5.7-billion sale to Iris Acquisition II LP, an entity created by a consortium led by Canderel Real Estate Property Inc., one of Canada’s largest privately held real estate companies.        
  • Retained by the Federal Republic of Nigeria (“FRN”) to urgently obtain an order to seize a private jet (a Bombardier Global 6000) that had just landed in Montreal. The seizure is part of a global asset recovery effort by the FRN related to a multi billion dollar oil deal fraud, also known as the Malibu Oil Scandal.
  • Acting for Epic Games, Inc. and its Canadian subsidiary, Epic Games ULC, in relation to a proposed class action by users of the popular video game Fortnite.

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Fielding over 1800 lawyers globally, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s Canadian disputes practice is co-headed by Vancouver-based John Landry KC alongside David Foulds, who operates from Toronto. Within the Alberta market, the team operates from both the Calgary and Edmonton offices and is active on environmental, aboriginal, product liability, tort and class action disputes in addition its distinct know-how in oilfield services, power electrical issues and surface rights. Elsewhere, in Vancouver, the group thrives in respect of professional liability, contractual issue, negligence, fraud, consumer protection and competition disputes, strengths complemented by the Ontario office’s considerable track record in shareholder, commercial fraud, infrastructure project and class action litigation. Calgary-based counsel Katrina Edgerton-McGhan is an up-and-comer with exposure to education, utilities, tech and procurement disputes.

Testimonials

‘Specific expertise in fraud and corporate crime. Jordan Deering has a strong command of the area of law that we require.’

McCarthy Tétrault

At McCarthy Tétrault, the Calgary disputes team combines IP, construction, insurance, oil and gas, securities and insolvency expertise and is home to Sean Smyth KC, famed for his prowess in class action, commercial contract, shareholder’s rights and directors liabilities claims. Kara Smyth  is likewise integral to the offering, owing to her experience in fiduciary duty, product liability, agro-science and technology-related disputes, while, at the more junior end, associate Sandra Aigbinode Lange is a name to watch for litigious energy, power, project and infrastructure matters. Elsewhere, at the Vancouver office, the practice demonstrates routine involvement in high-end environmental, aboriginal, retail, healthcare and financial service matters, playing home to Michael Feder KC who represents leading names within the mining, energy, forestry sectors; he is based alongside Aidan Cameron, uniquely well-placed to support on disputes pertaining to residential and commercial property schemes, in addition to P3 projects, as well as associate Patrick Williams, a litigator focused on product liability and contractual disputes. The firm is a particularly formidable player in the Ontario market, where its litigation department houses over 100 lawyers, who thrive on ADR, competition, tax and franchise disputes, professional and product liability and white-collar defence. Paul Steep, a lawyer well-versed before the Supreme Court of Canada, serves as an authority on securities disputes whereas Sarit Batner disperses specialist knowledge of breach of contract, patent, professional negligence and shareholder disputes. Junior Sirivar  co-chairs the firm’s international arbitration group from Toronto, enjoying particular accomplishment within the banking, mining, telecoms and healthcare sectors, meanwhile Eric Block is active on the trade secret, cannabis, and defamation disputes fronts. In Quebec, Montreal-based duo Mason Poplaw  and Isabelle Vendette are especially recommended, the former due to his manufacturing, retail, financial services and property expertise and the latter due to her exceptional knowledge within consumer law, unfair competition and false advertising affairs.

Practice head(s):

Steeves Bujold; Caroline Zayid

Other key lawyers:

Mason Poplaw; Isabelle Vendette; François Giroux; Julie-Martine Loranger; Kristian Brabander; Gabriel Querry; Geneviève St-Cyr Larkin; Hugo Babos-Marchand

Testimonials

‘Doug Yoshida’s team did an incredible with a challenging multi-party matter in which potential exposure exceeded 100 million. The team executed a strategy that shifted liability to other parties and secured a favorable settlement. Great rapport with opposing counsel and the mediator.’

‘The Firm has incredible depth; subject matter experts are readily available within the firm when the client is engaged in complex litigation. The firm is diligent in monitoring billable hours, ensuring tasks are assigned to the appropriate staff level.’

‘Kara Smyth is diligent in her preparation, responsive to client needs and fully engaged in the task at hand when representing her client.’

‘I believe the practice has an excellent depth of coverage, and in my case, particularly relating to energy matters. They have top notch partners with a budding team of associates. They are able to leverage expertise and experience from across their different offices to ensure service delivery. I have some experience of their disclosure product which i believe is a useful and productive tool to assist clients in their dispute resolution affairs.’

‘i really enjoy working with Tim Ellam, and he would be my first port of call for any Canadian related matters.’

‘Hugo Babos Marchand: very pragmatic and result oriented. Nicolas CLoutier: Thinks outside the box.’

‘The team that is provided to my organization is top notch. When specialists are required for particularly intricate matters McCarthy’s always seem to bring the right people into the mix.’

‘Suzanne Murphy and Moya Graham have been especially helpful to us. They provide excellent advice and are available whenever we need them.’

‘Christopher McHardy; Katherine Booth. These two have made us feel as if we are their only clients, with personalized attention, knowledge and preparation. In addition, they respond promptly to inquiries, provide regular updates and ensure all aspects of the case are considered. They know the facts snd the law,, and conduct themselves in a professional manner that provided confidence that we are getting the best representation .’

‘McCarthy’s has a top-notch commercial insurance practice with a dedication to policyholder-side work, which is unusual in a firm of this scale. Their knowledge and bench strength are deep, and they draw upon strong litigation resources. The attorneys are expert in the area, creative, and flexible. The firm has strong discovery resources and a collaborative culture.’

‘Emmanuelle Poupart — expertise in Quebec and Canadian insurance coverage law; a thoughtful and creative strategist with a strong grasp of procedure.’

‘Chris Hubbard — excellent litigator with a refined sense of what will be persuasive and the best way to position claims in court.’

‘Atrisha Lewis — a well-spoken advocate, acute questioner, and strong litigation manager.’

‘Tremendous depth and breadth in the subject matter areas that are relevant for our businesses. When needed, there is enough grey hair and gravitas at the top, but also sufficient coverage at more junior levels so that matters can be appropriately staffed.’

‘In addition to being smart and talented lawyers, the people we work with at McCarthys have all made considerable efforts to understand our various businesses – how they operate and our appetite for risk beyond simply legal risk.’

‘I am regularly impressed with this team – they are diverse in many ways – from a gender perspective, racially, and in terms of years of experience. Put together this makes them a terrific team – they also appear to operate on a very democratic model and I like that the more junior lawyers are being developed to understand us as a client and our needs. The team is led by Jill Yates who is outstanding.’

‘Jill Yates is the outstanding leader – she is calm and cool under pressure, and not afraid to be definitive when she needs to be. I describe her as courageous -I appreciate her advice and her willingness to tell me what I need to know and the fact that she is not afraid to give clear advice and stand by it.

‘Shane D’Souza is terrific and has a keen interest in proactively assessing our needs and learning our business. He is a subject matter expert who is advanced beyond his year of call.’

‘Kevan Hanowski is also advanced beyond his years and has a wise maturity. I appreciate his candour and the precision of his communications.’

‘One of the leading law firms with strong international links. Very strong in energy and international arbitration.’

‘Timothy Ellam KC. Qualified to act both in Canada and England (where the firm has an office). Hard working. Diligent. Effective. Committed to his client. Strong strategic advice.’

Key clients

CIBC

Desjardins Financial Group

Bombardier Inc.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Bell Canada / BCE

Abbott Laboratories

Raymond Chabot Administrateur Provisoire

Wärtsilä Canada

Heritage Education Funds, Knowledge First Financial Institution, Children’s Education Funds Inc.

Benjamin Ahdoot

National Bank / National Bank Financial

Telecon Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Desjardins Trust and Desjardins Financial Services Firm in a multibillion class action alleging false and misleading representations in relation to the issuance, distribution and sales of principal protected term certificates to the retail market.        
  • Acting for Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the second-largest pension fund in Canada, and its real estate subsidiaries Otéra Capital Holding Inc. and Ivanhoé Cambridge against a C$7.3 million wrongful termination and defamation claim instituted by Otéra’s former president, CEO and board chairman, who was also a C-suite executive and board member of Ivanhoé at the time of his termination.
  • Representing Bombardier Aerospace in a very significant and complex contractual dispute with one of its suppliers.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright, a firm with an expansive international network, is extremely well-versed at all levels of court in Alberta, operating across an array of industries including government, construction, property, insurance, banking and finance, transport and manufacturing. Ray Chartier  heads up the team, honing his focus on energy and infrastructure-related disputes, meanwhile, Clarke Hunter KC runs a broad caseload which encompasses litigious joint venture, contractual, product liability, IP and professional negligence matters; the pair are based alongside Lara Mason, a class action specialist with a distinct level of expertise in aboriginal law and electricity regulation, and also Kaitlin Long , noted for her tenacity in energy, environmental compliance and indigenous law.  Elsewhere, the Montreal office is home to competition, international trade, transport and energy specialist, Jean Bertrand, in addition to Sophie Melchers  who serves as a key port of call in respect of securities litigation. Over in Vancouver, the team demonstrates a track record in forestry, healthcare, mining, insolvency and corporate governance disputes, among other forms of litigation, and hosts Daniel Bennett KC, a standout for commercial, natural resource and real estate proceedings. Orestes Pasparakis , one of the market’s foremost names for proxy disputes, is found at the Ontario office which garners particular acclaim for its management of financial institution, pharma, life science and insurance-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

François-David Paré; Christian Roy

 

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Melchers; François-David Paré; Horia Bundaru; Pierre Duquette; Vincent Rochette; Francesca Taddeo

Testimonials

‘The practice is dependent upon the lawyers skills, personality, service and professionalism. the partners we work with are superior professionals and remarkable people.’

‘Personable, professional, and superior legal skills. Several partners of NRF started as professional acquaintances and became dear friends.’

‘Norton Rose acts on complex class action litigation matters for our firm. They are organized, creative and forward thinking in their strategic approach to defending these high cost, high exposure matters.’

‘Great client service. Very responsive. Sensitive to the business client needs and perspectives in the context of high exposure litigation. Linda Fuerst in particular has been a standout partner in terms of her expertise, and her ability to distill complex concepts into a digestible narrative for an inhouse/business audience.’

‘Linda Fuerst – excellent communicator and always available for her clients. Skilled negotiator and strong advocate for client’s rights.’

‘The team is very professional and they work with you to ensure they have all the facts of the case to determine their strategy going forward. They set up weekly meetings to ensure progress on the engagement.’

‘All the individuals I worked with (Fahad Siddiqui, Orestes Pasparakis, Virginie Gauthier, Evan Cobb) were calm, collected, demonstrated excellent communication and organizational skills and were very easy to get along with. They were willing to put in the long hours to get the job done while maintaining a positive attitude at all times.’

‘Knowledge, reputation, concern, availability,’

‘High quality work and excellent understanding of the industry and client’s priorities. Strategic thinking.’

‘Fahad Siddiqui – great team player, strategic thinker, communicator, available and delivering high quality work.’

Key clients

QBE

Hydro-Québec

Chubb

AIG

Ernst & Young Inc (EY)

Québecor Inc

La Mutuelle des municipalités du Québec

Intact Corporation Financière

Restructuration Deloitte inc.

Mammoet USA North Inc.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Groupe Axor Inc

Québec Port Authority

AXIS Reinsurance Company

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

Desjardins

Hexo Corp

Work highlights

  • Retained to represent Ernst & Young LLP (EY) in a class action filed in 2020 by the Mouvement d’éducation et de défense des actionnaires (MEDAC), seeking authorization to institute a class action against Laurentian Bank of Canada (LBC), its former CEO and CFO, various investment firms having acted as underwriters as well as EY in its capacity as LBC’s external auditor.          
  • Representing the Canadian Hockey League, Québec Major Junior Hockey League Inc., Ontario Hockey League, and Western Hockey League in a proposed class proceeding commenced by way of a Statement of Claim issued before the Federal Court.
  • Representing Groupe Park Avenue (17 car dealership) in two class actions related to price advertising under Québec’s Consumer Protection Act.

Stikeman Elliott LLP

A market leader in the Quebec market, Stikeman Elliott LLP is able to demonstrate consistent involvement in definitive administrative and public law matters, as well as high-stakes security litigation, namely those pertaining to law violations, alleged corruption and fraudulent conduct. In addition, practice head Éric Mongeau serves as a star name for litigious energy, transport, telecommunications and construction affairs meanwhile Yves Martineau  has carved out an extremely prominent position for class action defence within the telecommunications, banking and manufacturing sectors. Over in Ontario, Eliot Kolers  leads the Toronto practice and comes highly recommended for competition, takeover bid, proxy contest, corporate governance and shareholder disputes; he is supported by product liability, insolvency and insurance specialist, David Byers, along with Sinziana Hennig, acclaimed for her work on contractual, class action, competition, consumer protection and franchise law disputes. As for the Vancouver office, it handles a wealth of matters within the technology, government, financial services, real estate and natural resources sectors and is led by David Brown.

Practice head(s):

Eric Mongeau

Other key lawyers:

Yves Martineau; Marc-André Coulombe; Éric Azran; Stéphanie Lapierre; Patrick Girard; Frédéric Paré; Pierre-Paul Daunais

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

At its Toronto office, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is co-led by Catherine Beagan Flood and Iris Fischer; the former hones her focus on privacy, antitrust, product liability, consumer protection and insurance disputes, boasting an extensive track record before the SCC, while the latter is a leading name in the media/defamation space. Gordon McKee is also a standout figure within the Ontario market and possesses over three decades in class action defence litigation. The firm is likewise a major player in Alberta where the group places a wealth of emphasis on contentious oil and gas, construction, infrastructure, banking, construction and power disputes. Renee Reichelt co-heads the offering, serving as a go-to for multinational technology companies faced with class actions, meanwhile David Tupper counts securities, environmental, reinsurance losses and property matters among the keystone of his practice. Michael Dixon is the other co-lead and supplements his extensive knowledge of energy and natural resources disputes with know-how in anti-corruption and anti-bribery affairs. Over in Vancouver, Sean Boyle co-fronts the team with Joseph McArthur whose capability for mining, infrastructure, financial services and utilities proceedings renders him a household name. Roy Millen is also a figure of prominence in the local market, demonstrating particular accomplishment in matters which intersect public and administrative law. The team in Montreal provides extensive healthcare, retail, consumer product, software and computer services abilities and is home to restructuring, real estate, construction and reinsurance litigator, Matthew Liben.

Practice head(s):

Francis Rouleau

Other key lawyers:

Robert Torralbo; Claude Marseille; Simon Seida; Matthew Liben; Ariane Bisaillon

Key clients

Bell Canada Inc.

Le Groupe Jean Coutu (PJC) Inc.

Zurich Insurance Company

Dow Chemical Canada ULC

Elad Canada Inc.

Lloyd’s Canada

Sonder Canada Inc.

Kraft Heinz Canada

Bristol-Myers Squibb

UBS AG

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bell Canada in injunctive proceedings calling on Québecor to restore the broadcast signal that Groupe TVA unlawfully interrupted during the Stanley Cup playoffs; this was the first instance in Canada of a competitor interrupting a broadcast signal, in this case affecting more than 425,000 subscribers.
  • Defending Le Groupe Jean Coutu (PJC) Inc., the most important franchisor in the pharmacy industry in Quebec, in the context of a class action brought by the franchisees’ association putting the business model at issue.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

In Calgary, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP thrives on a number of litigious fronts including pipeline, construction, electricity, insolvency and securities-related litigation. Local practice head Patricia Morrison KC was appointed to KC in April 2022, a recognition of her routine involvement in colossal infrastructure, industrial and commercial project disputes, and the team is also bolstered by the presence of Randall Block KC, widely considered a market leader for all-manner of energy and oil and gas litigation. As for the Ontario practice, David Di Paolo, Nadia Effendi and Kathleen McDormand take lead with their team garnering particular recognition for its performance in class action defence, investigations, commercial fraud and white-collar crime proceedings in addition to financial institution, securities and banking-related matters. Guy Pratte is a particular standout at the Toronto office, largely due to his first-rate track record in commercial litigation, class action, constitutional law and administrative law proceedings. Mathieu Piché-Messier and Gabriel Lefebvre jointly spearhead the Quebec practice which provides the firm with cybersecurity, privacy, IP, arbitration and ADR proficiency, meanwhile in Vancouver, Robert Deane and Sarah McEachern co-lead a team with significant fraud, insurance, cybersecurity, banking and aboriginal right capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Mathieu Piché-Messier; Gabriel  Lefebvre

Other key lawyers:

François Grondin; Karine Chênevert; Patrick Plante; Guy Pratte;

Key clients

JTI- MacDonald Corp- The Tobacco Trials

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Samsung, Semiconductor Inc. Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.

Sutherland (et al) v. Electronic Arts Inc. (et al) | Zynga Game Canada Ltd.

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Attorney General of Quebec v. Canadian Pacific Railway Company et al

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton s.e.n.c.r.l. v. Chantal Bourgeois et al.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

6362222 Canada inc. (doing business under “Createch)

Honourable Pierre Fitzgibbon, Québec Minister of Economy

Mazda

Canadian Bankers’ Association (CBA)

Aimia Inc. and Kognitiv Corporation

AIC Inc.

The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC)

Court of Québec Judges Conference

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s national practice is headed nationally by Sonia Bjorkquist , a Toronto-based lawyer with significant experience in class action defence, commercial agreement, construction, shareholder remedy and director duty proceedings; she operates alongside Mark Gelowitz, noted for his prowess in M&A, office liability, corporate governance, libel, slander and real estate disputes, as well as restructuring, insolvency and private equity litigator, Shawn Irving. Deborah Glendinning is a further star name in the Ontario market, owing to her 20 years of experience in ground-breaking product liability disputes. Over in Calgary, Maureen Killoran KC serves as Bjorkquist’s co-chair, enjoying a stellar reputation for resource-related disputes, meanwhile Melanie Gaston has carved out a prominent reputation for energy, construction, bankruptcy and insolvency-related disputes. The Vancouver team is predominantly acclaimed for its work on contentious project, environmental, constitutional and resource matters, routinely appearing in judicial reviews and appeals. As for the Quebec practice, it thrives on a number of fronts including corporate governance, franchise, IP, pensions, professional negligence and tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Éric Préfontaine; Céline Legendre

Other key lawyers:

Fabrice Benoît; Céline Legendre; Alexandre Fallon; Julien Morissette; Jessica Harding; Julien Hynes-Gagné; Ilia Kravtsov; François Laurin-Pratte; Emily Lynch; Véronique Paré; Josy-Ann Therrien

Key clients

Amex Bank of Canada

Bausch Health Companies Inc. (f.k.a. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.)

Irving Oil Ltd.

Facebook, Inc. and Facebook Canada Ltd.

Hydro-Québec

TD Bank

Enterprise Holdings et al.

MGM Resorts International

Economical Mutual Insurance Company

Manulife

Laurentian Bank of Canada

Bank of Nova Scotia et al.

Lightspeed POS Inc. and Dax Dasilva

Veolia Health Operating Services (Montréal) L.P.

KPMG Inc.

The Stars Group Inc.

GFL Environmental Inc. (formerly Matrec)

Loop Industries Inc.

Association of Ontario Chicken Processors

Work highlights

    Woods LLP

    A litigation boutique located in Montreal, Woods LLP is acclaimed for its prowess in insolvency, corporate liability and governance, class action and commercial agreement disputes, among other proceedings. Managing partner Caroline Biron  co-heads the outfit alongside Stephen Drymer , who takes lead on international arbitration affairs, and Sylvain Vauclair  who fronts the insolvency and restructuring department. Patrick Ouellet  is likewise integral to the offering, owing to his capacity for director and officer liability, shareholder and securities disputes, as is Marie-Louise Delisle  who hones her focus on class action defence, specifically in relation to telecommunications law, competition affairs and civil liability. Elsewhere, Louis Seveno provides the group with construction and PPP dispute know-how, meanwhile the highly rated Laurence Ste-Marie made partner in January 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Caroline Biron;  Stephen Drymer; Sylvain Vauclair

    Other key lawyers:

    Bogdan Catanu; Richard Vachon; Eric Bédard; Laurence Ste-Marie; Louis Seveno; Marie-Louise Delisle

    Key clients

    Health Montreal Collective CJV

    Energir

    Quebecor/Videotron

    UBS Securities Canada Inc.

    Richter Groupe Conseil inc.

    Boiron

    National Bank of Canada

    FTI Consulting

    Glencore Canada

    Loto-Québec

    Work highlights

    • Advised Health Montréal Collective, as builder of a public-private partnership hospital project, on a number of disputes against the facility manager and the owner of the project, and also against consultants and suppliers.      
    • Appointed by the Honourable Geoffrey B. Morawetz, Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, as independent representative for a sub-set of certain unitholders of funds managed by Bridging Finance Inc. within Quebec.
    • Representing Videotron Ltd. in a $850M lawsuit over alleged contractual breaches regarding critical telecommunications infrastructure, a joint network operated by Videotron and Rogers in Quebec and the Ottawa region.

    BCF Business Law

    BCF Business Law is adept in banking, commercial, class action defence, labour and employment, construction, and professional liability disputes, among many other fields. Eric Ouimet, an expert in IP infringement, heads the practice in Montreal while Stéphan Charles-Grenon takes lead at the Quebec City office, operating across bankruptcy, unfair competition and extraordinary relief matters, in addition to shareholder litigation.

    Practice head(s):

    Eric Ouimet; Simon Pelletier; Stéphan Charles-Grenon; Nancy Boyle; Simon-Pierre Hébert

    Key clients

    Howard H. Schiller

    Exo

    La Capitale

    Bard Canada Inc.

    Hyundai Auto Canada Corporation

    Stanley Pharmaceuticals Ltd

    Volkswagen Group Canada Inc.

    Lone Pine Resources Inc.

    Do-Fluoride Chemicals Co. Ltd.

    Fonds d’assurance de la responsabilité de l’Ordre des architectes du Québec

    Kimpex Inc.

    Pomerleau

    TTEC (formerly TeleTech)

    Work highlights

    • Acting on behalf of SNC-Lavalin Inc. before all the courts in all the proceedings relevant to a C$400M construction litigation in which over 1,000 building owners from the Trois-Rivières (QC) area are suing our client for manufacturers’ and contractors’ liability across Canadian jurisdiction.      
    • Acted on behalf of Soucy International Inc. and Kimpex Inc. in the dismissal of an action for infringement of three patents and invalidation of 246 claims.
    • Acting on behalf of a former executive officer of a publicly traded pharmaceutical corporation in connection with statutory and civil securities class action brought against him by individual shareholders and major institutional investors following a drop in share price and the issuance of corrective disclosures by the defendant company.

    Dentons

    Dentons, one of the largest firms globally, enjoys an active presence across Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, operating across a varied spectrum of corporate, white-collar, financial services, banking, insurance and healthcare disputes, among many others. Gordon Tarnowsky is one of the market’s most seasoned energy and oil and gas specialists and works from the Calgary office alongside co-head of the national practice, Rachel Howie, who is principally active within the mining, natural resources and energy sectors. In Toronto, Matthew Fleming has forged a prominent reputation for class action, professional and product liability, regulatory and securities-related disputes meanwhile Vancouver-based Emma Irving, an up-and-coming partner, is acclaimed for her work on contract and transactional litigation, class actions and personal injury defence. At the Montreal office, local practice head Margaret Weltrowska holds distinct expertise in franchising litigation and is supported by Erica Shadeed, a senior associate with notable experience in insurance, general commercial, consumer protection and regulatory disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Margaret Weltrowska

    Other key lawyers:

    Erica Shadeed; Claude Morency; Pierre Grenier; Martin Poulin; Emil Vidrascu

    Key clients

    Expedia, Inc., Travelscape LLC and Hotels.com LP

    FCA Canada Inc.

    Audible Inc., Amazon.com, Inc., and Amazon.com.ca, Inc.

    Avis Budget Group

    Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

    Nissan Canada Inc.

    AIG Insurance Company of Canada

    Ernst & Young Inc.

    Niantic

    Unico Inc

    Work highlights

    • Representing three Amazon companies: Amazon.com, Inc., Amazon Services International, Inc., and Amazon.com.ca, Inc., in putative class actions in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec (Leventakis v. Amazon.com, Inc. et al. (Quebec Superior Court: 500-06-000946-182)) regarding an alleged conspiracy with third-party sellers on Amazon platforms to allocate the market for new books in the United States and Canada.
    • Representing and advising Hydro-Québec in four litigation matters brought by the Innu of Uashat and of Mani-Utenam in relation to their assertion of aboriginal title and rights on lands affected by hydroelectric projects of Hydro-Québec, and which also involve claims in damages of approximately CA$2 billion dollars against the hydroelectric company. Advise Hydro-Québec in relation to various discussions and negotiations with the Innu of Uashat and of Mani-Utenam.  
    • Acting for Avis Budget Group in an action for permanent prohibitive injunction and compensatory, moral and punitive damages for age discrimination under sections 10, 12 and 14 of the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. The Class Petitioner alleges that the defendants discriminate against young drivers between the ages of 16 and 24. This alleged discrimination against young drivers is said to take three forms: (i) the imposition of additional charges to them, (ii) the refusal to rent certain models of vehicles to them and (iii) the refusal to rent any model of vehicle to them.  

    Fasken

    A leader in the British Columbia market, Fasken’s Vancouver office thrives on the full gamut of disputes. Tracey Cohen KC excels on class actions, derivatives actions, professional negligence, shareholder disputes and hostile take-over bids, jointly overseeing the practice with Andrew Nathanson KC, an expert in both commercial and white-collar crime proceedings; they are supported by Geoffrey Cowper KC, a seasoned veteran with dozens of significant human rights, public law and commercial dispute cases under his belt, as well as Alexandra Mitretodis who often acts on disputes with a multijurisdictional element. In Alberta, Calgary-based Darren Reed focuses on construction, product liability, class action and securities matters with the wider team also excelling in terms of energy, technology, mining, aviation, health and life sciences litigation. Elsewhere, Sarah Armstrong, a star name for commercial dispute, professional liability and administrative law matters, leads the Ontario practice which life sciences, transport, construction and employment among its key sectors of activity. Marc-André Fabien serves as co-chair of the Montreal office, earning a wealth of recognition for his work on shareholder disputes, penal proceedings and securities litigation.

    Practice head(s):

    Frédéric Gilbert; Marc-André Morin

    Other key lawyers:

    Sébastien Richemont; Alain Riendeau; Nathalie-Anne Béliveau; Frédéric Gilbert; Noah Boudreau; Vincent Cérat Lagana; Chris Semerjian

    Testimonials

    ‘A very diversified and specialised group of litigators including ultra-specialised areas such as constitutional and IP.’

    ‘Marc-André Fabien and Vincent Cérat Lagana are totally invested in our cases. They know us and have well understood the political and policy implications of our litigation.’

    ‘This was a complex situation because of the nature of the dispute and because of the elapsed time between the events occurring and the actual dispute. When deciding which firm to engage, we felt that the Fasken team would be best equipped to understand and address the technical and legal issues involved. The Fasken team was very collaborative and made excellent use of technology in communicating with their clients.’

    ‘The entire team has been outstanding. Tracey Cohen in particular has been exceptional and I cannot commend her highly enough. It’s been several years since this action was commenced and Tracey always maintained her interest in us and the case. Tracey grasps issues very quickly and distills them down into the key points and speaks in plain language. She is proactive, always thinking ahead about how a situation may play out. She is very collaborative and consults her clients as needed. She always has a recommendation but is open to discussion and leaves the decision to the client (I trust her judgement completely and have never not followed her advice). She is always well prepared and is very articulate, concise and persuasive.

    ‘Kendal Paul has also been excellent to work with. She, too, is quick to grasp the salient points and provide valuable advice. She and Tracey are an excellent team and use each other as sounding boards. Like Tracey, Kendal is a consummate professional, very proactive, extremely capable and a pleasure to work with.’

    ‘Vincent Cerat-Lagana always goes above and beyond for all my files. He treats it as if it was his own file and makes sure we get the best possible outcome for my business. During some hard times in the pandemic, he was able to put enough pressure on the other party and save us a lot of headaches and money.’

    ‘Sébastien Richemont is a great litigator. He just gets it. Too many litigators get tied up in complicated schemes that don’t lead anywhere, that’s not Sébastien. He flags the real issues and just focuses on that. A wonderful litigator in Court as well – keeps thing simple and punchy.

    Vincent Cérat-Lagana is a future star. Also very straight to the point. Excellent in Court – keeps thing simple and punchy.’

    ‘Very strong team. Deep legal thinkers. Meaningfully adapt to client’s business needs rather than going “on cruise control” as so many large firm litigators tend to do.’

    ‘David Rosenbaum is a brilliant legal mind, with great depth. The kind of lawyer you want on a complicated legal file or appeal. Has a thoughtful, practical and cerebral approach that we too rarely see nowadays. Sarah Armstrong is a great class action lawyer. Gets her points across quickly and clearly. Excellent communicator. Jesse Harper is an up and coming star. No-nonsense, very smart, great reflexes. He just gets it done. A real pleasure to deal with. The kind of litigator you want on every file.’

    ‘Darren Reed and Vhari Storwick are very responsive, patient, focus was in resolving the issues, not generating fees.’

    ‘Associates were all responsive and helpful’

    ‘Broadly resourced but with ability to help with niche issues.’

    ‘Practical, think outside the box, solution-oriented, provide work in formats easy to digest for in-house use.’

    Key clients

    Merck Canada inc., Janssen inc., Servier Canada inc., Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd, Bayer Canada inc., Theratechnologies inc., and an additional (Confidential) pharmaceutical company

    Sandoz Canada inc. And Sandoz GnbH-

    Conseil de la Magistrature du Québec, Chief Justice and Associate Chief Justice

    Google

    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

    Intact Compagnie d’Assurance

    Desjardins Securities inc., TD Securities inc., National Bank Financial inc., Canaccord Genuity Group inc., Raymond James Ltd., Beacon Securities limited and Stifel Nicolaus Canada inc.

    Groupe Maurice, Groupe Sélection inc., Résidences Soleil, Cogir

    Air Canada

    City of L’Ancienne-Lorette

    Microsoft Canada

    Capital One

    Honourable Bernard Synnott

    Copart Canada

    Work highlights

    • Successfully represented Merck Canada Inc., Janssen inc., Servier Canada inc., Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd, Bayer Canada inc., Theratechnologies inc., and an additional (confidential) pharmaceutical company before the Québec Court of Appeal.  The judgement will have multi-billion dollar ramifications to the Canadian pharmaceutical industry.          
    • Represented the Conseil de la Magistrature du Québec, the Chief Justice and the Associate Chief Justice in an important case that touches our whole judicial system and crucial question of linguistic right while opposing the judicial and executive branches of power.
    • Acting for Sandoz Canada inc. and Sandoz GmbH-, one of the defendants in a Québec class action brought against all manufacturers, marketers and/or distributors of opioid drugs.

    Gowling WLG

    Gowling WLG is an international law firm headquartered in Ontario, a market where it plays an active role in aviation, insolvency and restructuring, banking, procurement, white-collar crime and competition-related disputes. Sahil Shoor is among the standout names locally, namely due to his proficiency in construction, infrastructure and real estate disputes. Over in Calgary, David Bishop and Ricki Johnston co-lead the team, both demonstrating a tenacity for product and professional liability, environmental and class action disputes; they are also supported by Warren Foley, a leading name for shareholder and oil and gas claims in addition to those relating to director and office liability. Guy Poitras heads the Montreal office and is particularly knowledgeable of class actions for damages relating to defective motor vehicle, pharmaceutical, electronic appliance products, meanwhile the Vancouver practice counts insurance, administrative, employment, IP and indigenous law disputes among its key pillars of expertise.

    Practice head(s):

    Guy Poitras

    Other key lawyers:

    Paule Hamelin; Billy Katelanos; Mila Badran

    Testimonials

    ‘Gowling Ontario appear to have an extensive experience in resolving disputes both in and outside the courts. In our ongoing (third year) class action case, concerning a very complicated industry, the project management is critical, and the team selection is essential. The right people have been involved at the right time in the process. Our experience is that Gowling take neither shortcuts nor any detours, and they have been delivering to our expectations all the way. Given that this is a class action we also have the information about what the other defendants are being charged from their counsel, which is noticeable more than what Gowling has been charging our client.’

    ‘The individuals shall of course have most of the credit for the performance and impression of the team, as described in the previous section. In short the individuals have been very competent, expedient, service minded, and flexible (also given the time difference of 6 hours). As a bonus they have also been very polite and forthcoming in every way, which in turn have made us look forward to every team meetings.’

    Partner Scott Kugler, and associate Emily Hayes, are the major contributors at the individual level, taking the impression from great to exceptional.’

    ‘Our team is pragmatic and operates with a business first focus.’

    ‘Warren Foley has been considered a key member of our team since our first year of operations. Warren is professional, knowledgeable, and always looking out for the best outcome for our company. Warren has surrounded himself with high performing associates that compliment his expertise.’

    ‘The dispute resolution team at Gowling WLG is very responsive, and provides personalized service. They take the time to learn their clients, and are also quite conscious about minimizing legal costs.’

    ‘I have worked with Sahil Shoor for years at Gowling WLG, and I highly recommend him. He takes the time to get to know his clients, and truly cares about their wellbeing. He knows Gowling WLG well and can refer us to other lawyers within the firm for matters outside his expertise. Sahil also does is best to minimize the legal fees he charges.’

    ‘Expertise in corporate litigation and class actions.’

    Key clients

    Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

    Lafarge Canada Inc.

    Amazon Web Services

    The Brick Warehouse LP

    Glen Dimplex

    The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

    Callidus Capital Corporation

    Cogeco Connexion Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Counsel the United States Attorney General (United States Department of Justice) in an application to dismiss in a largely publicized case related to patients being unknowingly brainwashed as part of The Montreal Experiments in the 1950s.      
    • Counsel to a multinational automobile manufacturer in a class action involving 4 different matters and over 100 defendants. All tier 1 Montreal Legal Firms are involved in this matter.
    • Counsel to Amazon Web Services in the highest profile data breach case in Canada defending the two class actions related to the capital One data breach.

    Torys

    Torys, a market leading firm in the Ontario market, is frequently engaged by prominent companies, both domestic and international, when faced with business-critical, multi-faceted litigation. Linda Plumpton is widely regarded as a leading figure within the corporate and commercial, competition, class action defence and securities disputes field, serving as practice co-head alongside Gillian Dingle, a lawyer who routinely supports leading capital market players in professional liability claims, securities class actions and regulatory investigations. Further standouts include Sheila Block, a provider of first-rate IP, defamation and administrative law dispute capabilities, as well as Sarah Whitmore whose strengths lie in employment, media and public law affairs. Over in Montreal, Sylvie Rodrigue fronts the local offering, leveraging a broad breadth of knowledge in civil and product liability, privacy, consumer protection, tort, gaming, banking and negligence claims; she is supported by Christopher Richter, a frequent advisor on the contentious elements of corporate deals, in addition to Marie-Ève Gingras, considered a rising star for product liability, consumer complaint, public law and price-fixing litigation.

    Practice head(s):

    Sylvie Rodrigue

    Other key lawyers:

    Christopher Richter; Julie Himo; Marie-Ève Gingras; Matthew Angelus

    Testimonials

    ‘Very pleased with their analysis of risk/reward after they reviewed full files for an appeal of a decision against us. In advance of this, I wasn’t sure I wanted to appeal, but they were though, strong, and confident. Took their advice all the way through and glad to say we were successful.’

    ‘It was a clear team effort, with a senior partner who deferred to the partner (with a junior lawyer) on the file to lead, but always supported by the senior lawyer; but you could tell the senior was always in the loop. Notwithstanding great confidence in the lead partner as had great command of the file, his analysis was easy to follow (verbally and in writing), and he was firm in his confidence.’

    ‘The team is very responsive, are very engaged with the issues and care deeply for me as a person as well as the situation at hand. Very conscious on the billing, want to ensure value added when time is spent. Have shown great flexibility.’

    ‘The individuals have shown compassion and great care to the situation and me personally. One feels that they have your back.’

    Key clients

    Canada Post

    Mandy Bujold and the Canadian Olympic Committee

    Hydro-Québec

    Canadian Hockey League and Québec Major Junior Hockey League

    Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association

    Loto Québec

    OHL Construction Canada Inc.

    Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Represented Canada Post in Robillard v. Canada Post Corporation at trial in Québec alleging contravention of provincial statutes in the prescription drug coverage provided to its Québec employees and retirees, regulations outlined by the Régie de l’assurance-maladie du Québec (“RAMQ”), raising constitutional law, commercial law and labour/employment issues.      
    • Representing Hydro-Québec in a high-stake damages claim against a former, well-known Québec pilot, Mr. Dubé, who made an aerial attack on Hydro-Québec’s transportation lines, caused close to $30 million in damages, plunged 180,000 people into darkness and almost put the province in a total blackout situation in December 2014.
    • Represented Mandy Bujold and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) in a legal challenge against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) before the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland.