Stéphane Pitre  

Partner

Executive Summary

Stéphane Pitre is Montréal's Regional Leader in our Construction Group as well as the Insurance Tort Law Group. He is also a member of the Commercial Litigation Group, and Class Actions Group. Stéphane's practice is focused on construction, engineering, sureties and product liability, particularly in the areas of insurance, civil liability, commercial litigation and class actions.

Stéphane's expertise in the field of construction includes legal hypothecs, surety and bonds, calls for tenders and bids and other aspects of claims by contractors. He is also experienced in issues relating to private international law. In that capacity, Stéphane has pleaded cases related to the jurisdiction of Québec judicial authorities and before all courts, including the Supreme Court.

Representative Work

  • Represents and advises owners, contractors, subcontractors, insurers and bonding companies with regard to all aspects of the construction industry.
  • Has been involved in several important cases related to major construction projects in Québec, including:
    • Diversion of the Eastmain River;
    • Construction of the new hydroelectric powerhouse in Grand-Mère;
    • Construction of the engineering, computer science and visual arts pavilion at Concordia University;
    • Construction of a dam on the Péribonka project; and
    • Excavation and concrete work on the Péribonka Project.
  • Regularly called upon to provide advice on issues related to the professional liability of architects and engineers.
  • Provides advice and acts for companies on various matters relating to product liability.
  • Represents certain automobile manufacturers in their judicial disputes in Québec. As such, he successfully defended at the certification stage five cases.
  • Has particular expertise in private international law and has pleaded several cases relating to Québec jurisdiction.
  • In class action matters, is involved in important proceedings concerning pension funds and manufacturers' liability.
  • Promotes and makes use of alternative disputes resolution mechanisms when in the best interests of our clients.

Publications & Presentations

  • "The self-driving car revolution is closer than you think," December 2016.
  • "La gestion des contrats", décembre 2014.
  • "L'importance de la transmission des avis en droit de la construction," Développement en droit de la construction, Éditions Yvon Blais, 2012.
  • "Conflict of Law," May, 2006.
  • "Les dénonciations de contrat par les sous-traitants, l'importance des quittances et les hypothèques légales," June 2006.
  • "Les saisies avant jugement", March 2000.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star: Québec and a Litigation Star: Class Action, Construction, General Commercial, Product Liability.
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition (and since 2014) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Construction Law).