François Grondin  

Partner

Executive Summary

François Grondin is a seasoned and versatile litigation lawyer who regularly pleads before both the Superior Court and the Court of Appeal of Québec. His main areas of practice are civil and commercial litigation, professional liability (civil and disciplinary), access to information, and defamation. François also practises environmental law and has significant experience in administrative litigation and professional law, including judicial ethics.

Representative Work

  • Represents Canadian Pacific Railway Company in the class action and other claims related to the Lac-Mégantic train derailment.
  • Involved in class actions related to smoking, as well as the defence of the action taken by the Attorney General of Québec to recover healthcare costs incurred as a result of tobacco consumption.
  • Acted as one of the lawyers representing the Commission Chamberland in its inquiry into police practices and their potential impact on the protection of the confidentiality of journalistic sources.
  • Represents Conférence des juges de la Cour du Québec in the reference before the Court of Appeal regarding the constitutional validity of the competence afforded to the Quebec Court’s jurisdiction.
  • Represents Google, Aéroports de Montréal and other clients in class action lawsuits.
  • Participated in the Oliphant Commission and was part of a team of lawyers that represented the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney.
  • Pleaded before the Gomery Commission and defended judges before the Canadian Judicial Council and the Conseil de la magistrature du Québec.
  • Frequently pleads before the Superior Court and the Court of Appeal of Québec.
  • Active in profession-related and disciplinary law.
  • Acts in fields of defamation and protection of privacy, pleading for claimants as well as defendants.
  • Deals with issues relating to environmental law (penal proceedings) and has a wide experience of access to information issues.

Publications & Presentations

  • Présomptions," in Preuve et prescription, P.C. Lafond, ed. JurisClasseur Québec, Collection Droit Civil, LexisNexis, Montréal, 2013.
  • Les principes directeurs de la procédure civile," in La Procédure Civile, P.C. Lafond., ed. JurisClasseur, Québec, Collection Droit Civil, LexisNexis, Montréal, 2013.
  • Contributor to the JurisClasseur encyclopedia of LexisNexis in the administrative law section.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Class Action Litigation). Also recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2012) (Corporate and Commercial Litigation).
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition (and since 2015) of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Québec" and "Litigation Star: General Commercial, Professional Liability".
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Litigation - Corporate Commercial, Litigation - Product Liability).