Patrick Plante

Patrick Plante  


Executive Summary

Patrick Plante focuses his practice on commercial litigation, and acts in many lawsuits dealing with civil and contractual liability. Patrick handles complex class actions in the fields of product liability and consumer law, and he has also dealt with defamation and privacy breaches cases, banking litigation, constitutional law, administrative law, disciplinary law and international commercial arbitration.

Representative Work

  • Participates in preparing cases and pleads before all judicial bodies in Québec.
  • Has participated in defending important class actions.
  • Belongs, in particular, to a BLG team representing one of the parties in the class actions against tobacco manufacturers.
  • Participating in the defence of British Airways in the passenger fuel-surcharged class action.
  • Has participated in the debate concerning the prohibition of disclosure before the courts of regulatory disclosure information sent to the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (Société financière Manuvie v. Mouvement d'éducation et de défense des actionnaires).
  • Has represented the Royal Bank of Canada before the courts in a trial dealing with misappropriation of funds and operation of accounts.
  • Part of the team defending the HSBC in the Defrance Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) fee class action.
  • Has provided legal advice to the Bank of Canada.
  • Participated in the debate concerning the constitutional validity of the Tobacco-related Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act.
  • Has represented individuals who have been the victims of defamatory campaigns on the Internet and has taken measures to protect their public images.
  • Has participated in obtaining an injunction order to prevent protesters from obstructing the access and free circulation of an airport.
  • Has obtained injunction orders in the case of trademarks violation and forced a company to change its corporate name.

Publications & Presentations


  • PLANTE, Patrick and Hugo SAINT-LAURENT. "Quebec Superior Court Circumscribes Banks' Obligation to Investigate Deposit of Cheques", in THE EXCHANGE: BLG's Financial Institutions Litigation Blog, Montreal, April 29, 2016.
  • PLANTE, Patrick. "Disclosure: Information exchanged with the OSFI", in Federated Press, Commercial Litigation, Volume XVI, No. 2, 2015.
  • GRONDIN, François and Patrick PLANTE. "Présomptions," in Preuve et prescription, P.C. Lafond, ed. JurisClasseur Québec, Collection Droit Civil, LexisNexis, Montréal, 2013.
  • GRONDIN, François and Patrick PLANTE. "Les principes directeurs de la procédure civile," in La Procédure Civile, P.C. Lafond., ed. JurisClasseur, Québec, Collection Droit Civil, LexisNexis, Montréal, 2013.


  • Speaker at "BLG's 13th National Symposium on Class Actions" , held in Toronto. The lecture addressed the dispositions of the new Code of Civil Procedure in class action matters, April 21, 2016.
  • Speaker on civil evidence at the CCH Colloquium (2013), on the topic "Cinq grands défis de la preuve civile," addressing recent developments relating to articles 403 C.C.P. and 2870 C.C.Q. and certain amendments provided for by the Act to enact the new Code of Civil Procedure.
  • "La prévention des pertes dans le commerce de détail (aspects légaux)," lecture given to the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail (CQCD) with follow-up provided to shopping centres.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Finalist at the Young Bar Association of Montreal (YBAM) Lawyers of the Year Award (2015): civil and commercial litigation.
  • Recipient of the Lexpert® Zenith Award (2011) awarded to the pro bono team of the year, for having represented Mr. Réjean Hinse, the victim of a judicial error, in a civil liability action against the Crown.
  • Selected as "Star Graduate" at the University of Ottawa at the conferral of degrees in 2008, recognizing his exceptional achievements during his university years.
  • Recipient of some 20 awards of excellence, including the Gold Medal and Plaque of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa for achieving the highest average in the civil law program.
  • Recipient of the Barreau du Québec Award in 2008 for having maintained the highest average among all law students who completed their bachelor's degrees at the University of Ottawa.
  • Recipient in 2007 of the Ronald St. John MacDonald Award that is granted to the team with the highest score for the factum it presented in the Canadian qualifications for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition. The following year, Patrick acted as pleading consultant for the University of Ottawa team, in the same competition.
  • Recipient in 2006 of a BLG Research fellowship that enabled him to collaborate in the writing of a research document (monograph) on contract law in Québec, which will be published in the International Encyclopaedia of Law.