The story of IMK has been unfolding since 1997. Today, our team of 21 lawyers includes 6 former law clerks, 5 of whom clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada. We have lawyers licensed to practice in Quebec, Ontario and New York. All IMK lawyers and staff are fluent in Canada’s 2 official languages, and members of our team speak a total of 7 other languages.
The strength of our team lies in the diversity of its members. We come from a variety of different backgrounds and work together to respond to our clients’ needs. IMK is a firm on the cutting edge and is a place where gender parity exists at all levels of the firm, including the partnership.
Our versatility combined with top-flight professional expertise helps our firm deliver outstanding value.
Our areas of expertise include administrative law, appellate advocacy, arbitration and mediation, civil and commercial litigation, class actions, constitutional law, construction litigation, employment law, estates and trusts law, insurance law litigation, municipal law, real estate litigation, securities and banking litigation and shareholder disputes.
IMK advises on questions of administrative law and represents clients in this area on a regular basis. Representative mandates include civil proceedings, judicial review, representing clients in administrative investigations, and disciplinary actions before various professional orders.
We are in the rare position of having acted both for investigative bodies such as the Autorité des marchés financiers and for investigated parties such as pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies. We also represent lawyers, notaries, doctors, pharmacists, psychologists, accountants and real estate agents in the context of disciplinary proceedings.
Appeals require different skills than trials. Our team of experienced appellate lawyers knows how to put your best case forward on appeal.
IMK has been involved in more than 20 appeals on the merits at the Supreme Court of Canada, either as a party or as an intervener. We regularly argue before the Quebec Court of Appeal and have also argued before the Federal Court of Appeal and the Courts of Appeal of Ontario and Newfoundland.
Both the Supreme Court of Canada and the Quebec Court of Appeal have named IMK as amicus curiae in major appeals.
Many of our partners and associates started their careers as clerks at the Supreme Court of Canada or other appellate level courts, giving them invaluable insight into appellate-level decision-making. Whether you are looking to change counsel or simply for a second strategic opinion, our team can help you win.
CIVIL AND COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
IMK has distinguished itself in the areas of civil and commercial litigation including real estate, construction, insurance litigation as well as contract and shareholder disputes. A large portion of our mandates directly or indirectly involves one of these fields.
In addition, IMK acts regularly in extraordinary procedures such as seizures, injunctions and Mareva and Anton Piller orders.
Class actions have been part of our stock in trade since the firm was founded in 1997. Our work touches on a number of different areas, including civil law, constitutional law and administrative law. Requiring significant collaborative effort, these files have been instrumental in the development of one of our firm’s hallmark qualities: teamwork.
Class actions can arise in a range of industries and areas of law, and our team can handle them all. In particular, we have experience in class actions involving advertising practices, consumer protection, environmental law, financial products and services, price-fixing, product liability, public law, retiree benefits and securities law.
Our firm has extensive experience in constitutional law. Clients have entrusted us with files involving governmental division of powers, violation of fundamental rights and the constitutionality of numerous laws and bills.
Our representative files include a precedent-setting case before the Court of Appeal permitting the legalization of gay marriage in Quebec. In another case, our lawyers represented the Barreau du Québec in a matter where a number of media organizations were contesting the validity of regulations limiting the recording of images and sound by the media in Quebec courthouses. A number of our lawyers were also involved in the case of the estate of Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi, contesting the constitutionality of state immunity in civil proceedings for torture all the way to the Supreme Court.
Many of our partners and associates started their careers as clerks at the Supreme Court of Canada or other appellate level courts, giving them invaluable insight into major constitutional cases.
IMK regularly represents clients in shareholder disputes and oppression remedies. Our lawyers have handled cases involving companies of all sizes, across a variety of industries, including start-ups as well as established companies.
We represent both minority and majority shareholders and have experience dealing with a range of oppression remedies, including orders for the communication of documents, damages, and the repurchase of shares.
OUR BENCHMARK LITIGATORS
Audrey Boctor — Litigation Star and 40 & Under Hot List
Jean-Michel Boudreau — Future Star
David Grossman — Litigation Star
Raphaël Lescop — Litigation Star
Catherine McKenzie — Litigation Star
Doug Mitchell — Top 50 Trial Lawyers and Litigation Star
Eleni Yiannakis — Litigation Star
WHEN IT REALLY MATTERS, GET US THINKING FOR YOU.
Last updated March 2020
Langlois is one of the largest law firms in QUÉBEC, with more than 150 professionals working in its offices in Montréal and QUÉBEC City. We offer our clients a complete range of highly regarded legal services in civil & commercial litigation, business and real estate law, insurance law, administrative law, environmental and energy law, labour & employment law, maritime & admiralty law, as well as governance and ethics.
Langlois’ litigation team comprises over 90 professionals, making it one of the largest litigation groups in QUÉBEC. The team’s strengths cover the entire litigation spectrum and include an efficient case-management approach coupled with constant attention to its clients’ broader interests. The firm’s clients benefit from a team of litigators who are fully functional in both of Canada’s official languages and trained in both civil and common law. Unfettered by a rigid national structure, our reach nonetheless extends well beyond QUÉBEC’s borders, as we have strong working relationships with partner firms all across Canada and in the United States. As a result, we can maintain a strategic and cohesive legal approach while selecting the most effective lawyers for certain specific, jurisdictional-dependent needs.
Langlois has acted in many major litigation cases that have shaped QUÉBEC’s and Canada’s legal landscape over the past 25 years through their public, political, economic, commercial or social repercussions. We have also acted successfully in a large number of class actions in a variety of industries, including air transportation, banking, telecommunications, automotive, pharmaceutical, and energy.
Areas of Practice:
Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring
Corporate Governance / Directors & Officers
Energy & Natural Resources
Financial Institutions and Financial Services Law
Government and Public Affairs
Labour & Employment Law
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Real Estate Law
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Pierre Y. Lefebvre
Updated March 2021
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.
Updated March 2021
Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada's leading firm for intellectual property law. With offices across Canada, and over 100 lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents, we are the largest firm focused purely on IP and related specialty areas.
We specialize in asserting and defending our clients' IP assets to maximize their return on investments and preserve competitive advantage. Intellectual property rights - from patents, industrial designs and trademarks, to trade secrets, confidential information and copyrights - are critical business assets that need to be aggressively protected and enforced.
In high-stakes litigation, we know what it takes to win and we routinely handle Canada's most commercially important and technically complex intellectual property cases. Our lawyers possess a rare combination of successful trial and appellate experience combined with a deeply sophisticated understanding of technical subject matter and analytical expertise - resulting in victories at all levels. From start-up companies in emerging growth sectors to multinational corporations across a broad range of industries, we draw on our vast technical and legal experience to provide creative, effective and costefficient enforcement and litigation strategies tailored to each client's unique situation and needs.
Smart & Biggar has received Benchmark's Award as Canadian IP Litigation Firm of the Year for five consecutive year. Our Practice Group has vast experience and success in all areas of IP litigation, including:
Patent Litigation & Enforcement
We know what it takes for our clients to win in high stakes IP litigation.
Some of our representative recent victories include:
Largest reported damages award in Canadian history for patent infringement at $645 million
The Dow Chemical Company et al v Nova Chemicals Corporation
Success in the Supreme Court of Canada - Abolishing the "Promise Doctrine" for patents
AstraZeneca Canada Inc v Apotex Inc.
Trial victory to protect Captain Morgan "trade dress" to block competitors and protect brand value
Diageo Canada Inc v Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc.
Precedent-setting decision on copyright infringement netting damages of $12 million
Nintendo of America Inc v King
Unprecedented site-blocking order requiring Internet Service Providers to impede access to piracy services
Bell Media Inc. et al v Goldtv.biz et al.
For over 100 years, we have remained devoted to protecting our clients' intellectual property and technology assets. Whether we are advising an innovative company on patent strategy or infringement issues, providing counsel on brand protection and enforcement, or handling the IP aspects of a corporate transaction, we provide clients with solutions to protect, enforce and leverage their IP.
Last updated March 2020