Patrick Ouellet

Woods - Québec


2000, McGill College Ave., suite 1700
Montréal, QC, H3A 3H3

+1 514 982 255

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Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada

Practice area:

Class action

A prominent litigator in Quebec, Patrick Ouellet is renowned for his expertise and experience in large-scale litigation and dispute resolution in a variety of industries. He has earned a reputation for achieving concrete and advantageous results before all levels of Quebec courts, the Supreme Court of Canada and before administrative or arbitration tribunals. Patrick is active in commercial, civil and corporate litigation with extensive expertise in Securities, Telecommunications, Class Actions, Construction, Directors & Officers Liability and Shareholder Disputes, in which he leads several significant cases. 

In two decades of practice, Patrick has joined the distinguished group of leading litigators in Quebec and Canada. He is consistently recognized as a leader by Benchmark Litigation, Chambers, Lexpert, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers in Canada, all of which conduct extensive peer and, in some instances, client surveys. He is among the top 50 trial lawyers in Canada according to Benchmark Litigation and among the 500 leading lawyers in Canada across all practices according to Lexpert. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) and of the Litigation Counsel of America, both prestigious organizations which bring together the best litigators in the United States and Canada. 

Partner at Woods LLP since 2006, Patrick has taught evidence law at the Quebec Bar School. He was a lecturer in law at McGill University and the Université de Sherbrooke. He is also a sought-after speaker and author. 

Representative cases include: 

  • Secured one of the most substantial awards in damages in Canadian history, in the landmark case Videotron LP v. Bell ExpressVu, in which his client Videotron was awarded in excess of $141M in capital, interest and costs due to the failure by Bell ExpressVu to adequately protect the security of its own satellite signals. 
  • Obtained a landmark decision from the Supreme Court of Canada which clarified the nature of wire transfers in Quebec law with a ruling from the bench. 
  • Securing the issuance of a provisional injunction, a safeguard order and obtaining a final judgment from the Régie de l’énergie (Quebec Energy Board), to prevent the dismissal of a bid for illegal reasons as part of a program for the purchase of electricity produced by cogeneration from residual forest biomass. 
  • Successful contestation of a claim in professional liability against engineers having conceived hydraulic works. 
  • Obtained a judgment on appeal confirming the dismissal of an Application for Authorization to Institute a Class Action against our client, Videotron s.e.n.c., in which the plaintiff contested the absence of notification after the end of a promotional period resulting in billing at the regular price. 
  • Successfully challenging the authorization to institute a class action brought against an engineering firm by a group of citizens to compensate delays in the construction of an overpass. 


Updated March 2022