Jean-Marie Fontaine > Borden Ladner Gervais LLP > Montreal, Canada > Lawyer Profile

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
1000 De La Gauchetière Street West
Suite 900
Montréal, QC H3B 5H4

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Partner in BLG’s Shipping Focus Group. Practises in all areas of maritime law including cargo, freight, and demurrage claims; collisions; spills; disputes relating to shipbuilding and charterparty contracts; and the arrest of ships and cargos. Has expertise in the drafting of contracts of affreightment; logistics and warehousing agreements; charterparties; the purchase, sale, and financing of ships; applications for coasting trade licences; the importation and registration of vessels; and marine insurance defence and regulatory matters. His transportation law practice extends to aviation and trucking matters including passenger and cargo claims. Has represented clients before civil and administrative courts, including the Supreme Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and Québec Court of Appeal, as well as the Canadian Transportation Agency. Member of the Executive of Youth of Shipping, Director of the Canadian Maritime Law Association, and former member of the Montréal Bar liaison committee with the Federal Court. Co-author of the chapter on “General Average of Essentials of Canadian Law” – Maritime Law, 2nd ed.


English, French


Member, Canadian Bar Association; Member, The Canadian Maritime Law Association.


LLB (Civil Law and Common Law), McGill University, 1998

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Canada > Transport > Shipping

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Jean-Marie FontaineBorden Ladner Gervais LLP

The team at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in shipping law, and is routinely instructed by shipowners, operators, ship builders, charterers, liner companies and marine terminal operators, both in Canada and overseas. The group’s contentious expertise covers cargo claims, limitation actions, customs claims, collisions and spills, while on the advisory side it offers counsel on the drafting of logistics and warehousing agreements, the purchase, sale and financing of ships and permits work. Jean-Marie Fontaine steers the practice from Montreal and is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious matters, including advising on the transportation of dangerous goods, shipbuilding disputes and marine insurance policies. Vancouver-based Dionysios Rossi handles high-profile disputes.