Firm Profile > Woods LLP > Montreal, Canada

Woods LLP

Dispute resolution

A leader in Quebec, Woods LLP is held up as the ‘pre-eminent boutique litigation firm in the Montréal market’, with its ‘tremendous judgement’ and ‘good bench strength’ finding favour with clients. The team has broad expertise in contentious matters, with strong skill sets across litigation, arbitration and insolvency. High-profile name partner James Woods Ad E is highlighted as ‘one of the leading counsels in the province’. The group also draws upon the expertise of ‘outstanding litigatorPatrick Ouellet, who specializes in high-end commercial and corporate litigation matters, and former Supreme Court judge Clément Gascon, who recently joined as senior counsel. Among its up-and-coming names, Louis Seveno is ‘one of the rising stars of the Bar’, and Laurence Ste-Marie is a well-rounded associate.


‘This firm has wall-to-wall competence. They are my most trusted counsel in Quebec. I retain them frequently and refer files to them more often than that. They are one of the pre-eminent firms in the province and are very capable in most areas of law and compare favourably even with the largest national firms.’

‘They have tremendous judgment. Louis Seveno is one of the rising stars of the bar. His judgment is excellent and I would recommend him without hesitation. James Woods is, obviously, one of the leading counsel in the province. Marie-Louise Delisle is also a rising star with a sharp mind and excellent forensic skills.’

‘Woods is currently the preeminent boutique litigation firm in the Montreal market. Large, tier 1 firms routinely refer cases to Woods where we are conflicted out and we are very satisfied as to how Woods handle those cases. They have a strong bench strength of litigators and have recently recruited a former Supreme Court Justice.’

‘Patrick Ouellet is extremely well prepared, competitive and persuasive. Neil Peden is an up and coming litigator, performed very well in front of the Supreme Court this year in the landmark Blueberri case dealing with third party litigation funding. James Woods is the elder statesman in the Montreal market.’

Key clients

Quebecor / Videotron

Hachette Distribution Canada

Health Montreal Collective CJV


Omni Bridgeway (formerly known as Bentham IMF)

Keurig Dr. Pepper & Canada Dry Mott’s



Devimco Immobilier

UBS Securities Canada

WOODS LLP is the foremost litigation, arbitration and insolvency firm in Canada, recognised nationally and internationally for its expertise and success. Its team of attorneys — multilingual, trained in civil law and common law, dedicated to successful advocacy and understanding clients’ interests — is known for its winning strategies and concrete results in high stakes disputes. The firm is proud of its reputation for having the talent and drive to handle the largest and most complex disputes, while remaining highly flexible, responsive and efficient.

Woods LLP acts for public and private companies, individuals and governments in corporate, commercial and administrative litigation, before all levels of courts and tribunals in Canada. It has a highly successful track record in disputes regarding corporate liability and governance, directors’ and officers’ liability, shareholders’ disputes, securities litigation, class actions, complex commercial agreements, as well as in strategic matters requiring urgent, injunctive relief. The firm also boasts an important practice in insolvency, employment law and defamation, as well as one of Canada’s only full-time international arbitration practices, representing clients and serving as arbitrators in international commercial and investment disputes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Complex commercial cases
Insolvency and creditors’ rights
Contractual disputes
Professional liability
Injunction proceedings
Administrative and regulatory litigation
Termination of employment
Class actions
Corporate and securities litigation
International arbitration
Competition disputes
International law
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Caroline Biron  photo Ms Caroline Biron MANAGING PARTNER
Mr Bogdan Catanu  photo Mr Bogdan Catanu PARTNER
Ms Marie-Louise Delisle  photo Ms Marie-Louise Delisle PARTNER
Mr Bogdan-Alexandru (Alex) Dobrota  photo Mr Bogdan-Alexandru (Alex) Dobrota Partner
Mr Stephen Drymer  photo Mr Stephen Drymer PARTNER & HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION
Hon Clément Gascon  photo Hon Clément Gascon Senior Counsel
Mr Patrick Ouellet  photo Mr Patrick Ouellet PARTNER
Mr Louis Seveno photo Mr Louis Seveno Partner
Ms Laurence Ste-Marie photo Ms Laurence Ste-Marie Lawyer
Mr Richard Vachon  photo Mr Richard Vachon Partner
Mr Sylvain Vauclair  photo Mr Sylvain Vauclair
Mr James A. Woods  photo Mr James A. Woods CHAIR OF THE FIRM
Ms Sarah Woods  photo Ms Sarah Woods PARTNER
Number of Partners : 10
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 30
American Bar Association (ABA)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
Chambers & Partners
American Bankruptcy Institute
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
IBA (International Bar Association)
INSOL International
Law Society of England and Wales
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
Contacts : Caroline Biron