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Full-Service Law Firm with 16 Offices Throughout Quebec

Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells

580 Grande Allée Est, Suite 440
Quebec, Quebec G1R 2K2
Canada

Phone(418) 522-4580
Fax (418) 529-9590

Website www.clcw.ca/index.aspx?lang=EN-CA
E-mail  Contact Linda Lavoie

Other Offices: Alma (QC)  Amos (QC)  Amqui (QC)  Drummondville (QC)  Montreal (QC)  Plessissville (QC)  Rimouski (QC)  Rivière-du-Loup (QC)  Roberval (QC)  Saguenay (QC)  Saint-Félicien (QC)  Saint-Georges (QC)  Sept-Îles (QC)  Sherbrooke (QC)  Val-d'Or (QC)  

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Law Firm Overview

Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells is a well-established law firm built on solid guiding principles and a broad and ever-expanding vision that seeks to do more, strive harder, and look just a bit farther. Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells was founded on a unique model that values people above all else. We make it our duty to be true partners to our clients and grow alongside them.

With our rich history, desire to grow and excel, and presence across Quebec, we hold fast to our mission of delivering first-rate legal services that are readily accessible wherever you are in the province.

Our Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells legal professionals are present in every region of Quebec, which means they’re always there when and where you need them, ready and willing to meet all your legal needs.

And because our experts are familiar with the ins and outs of your industry or sector and are committed to your success, they’re also found exactly where you are-right at your company or institution, where they work in partnership with you wherever you are so you can get to wherever you want to go.

Year this Office was Established: 1999

Languages: French, English and Italian

Areas of Law


Areas of Law Description

Our law practice includes:

- Administrative

Administrative law deals specifically with the relationships between businesses and individuals on the one hand and government agencies and officials on the other. Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells, through its professionals active in this area of specialty, represents its clients before all administrative tribunals, commissions, and boards and provides valuable support and assistance to clients submitting briefs, tabling private bills, or making other presentations to parliamentary commissions and committees and to the government and the National Assembly. We are authorized to initiate various judicial review proceedings against administrative, grievance, and other rulings, as well as in cases of injunctions, motions for declaratory judgments, class action suits, and various extraordinary recourses.

- Banking and Finance

At Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells, our legal experts have developed expertise in banking and financial services over the years by acting as legal advisors to financial institutions, venture capital firms, investment funds, and public and private sector borrowers. We serve a diverse clientele that values our proven expertise, efficiency, and ready availability.

- Bankruptcy and Insolvency

The ranks of Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells include attorneys who have developed special expertise in the field of bankruptcy and insolvency. Whatever your needs, our professionals can provide valuable advice and guidance. They have an in-depth understanding of federal legislation governing bankruptcies, insolvency, composition with creditors, and the field of securities and possess a keen grasp of the Canadian Income Tax Act and Quebec’s Act respecting the Ministère du Revenu with regard to the priorities of the Crown.

- Commercial and Corporate Affairs

With the expertise of dozens of seasoned and committed attorneys devoted to promoting the growth and economic vigor of our clients—corporations and entrepreneurs alike—Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells has made a name for itself in commercial and corporate affairs. Whether your company is starting up, in a growth phase, undergoing restructuring, seeking financing, developing new products or markets, or in the process of transferring ownership to a new generation or new owners, our legal professionals are well equipped to help you achieve your business objectives within the legal framework governing your industry. We provide not only the legal advice you need to tackle sensitive issues, but also guidance to apprise you of certain legal constraints or ways to steer clear of trouble—all in a timely and cost-effective fashion.

- Constitutional

Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells boasts nearly 120 professionals active in every field of law, including a core of attorneys who have developed extensive expertise in constitutional law over the years, notably in matters of rights and freedoms. They put this knowledge to good use helping corporate and government clients as today’s constitutional structures change and evolve.

- Construction

Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells provides highly qualified services in construction and engineering law. Our legal professionals boast extensive experience in this field and can provide assistance on a number of fronts. They can prepare and contest construction claims, prepare legally compliant quotes, draft construction contracts, assess invitations to tender procedures, and handle cases dealing with hidden defects, liability of construction professionals, and compliance with the bylaws of the industry’s various professional bodies.

- Environment

Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells is proud to count among its legal experts a number of seasoned professionals dedicated to the field of environmental law. In Quebec, this area of expertise is based largely on the Environment Quality Act R.S.Q. c. Q-2 which, as its name suggests, governs the quality of the environment and, in so doing, bans pollution. The legislation stipulates that certain activities are subject to prior authorization and follow-up monitoring. It governs soil, water, and air quality, as well as management of residual and hazardous materials, hygiene of buildings and public places, and rays and other energy vectors. A number of regulations stemming from the Environment Quality Act also spell out certain standards in various sectors of activity. Our environmental law experts handle applications for authorization certificates and permits, and defend individuals and companies charged with violating the act or regulations.

- Ethics and Discipline

Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells has developed recognized expertise in the specialized field of ethics and discipline. Our attorneys rely on their solid experience to serve a wide range of clients, representing them before various courts, including the disciplinary committees of professional orders and Comité de déontologie policière du Québec, and before disciplinary authorities in the financial world such as Autorité des marchés financiers, Chambre de la sécurité financière, the Investment Dealers Association of Canada (IDA), and Association des courtiers et agents immobiliers du Québec (ACAIQ). We also have the specialized skills to draft and implement rules of ethics and governance as well as rules and procedures for disciplinary and ethics investigations. Some of our professionals also act as disciplinary and ethics investigators.

- Expropriations

Some of our legal professionals at Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells have developed specific expertise in expropriations and are well versed in this sensitive procedure that touches on of the fundamental tenets of our society—the right of ownership. Our attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of the laws that authorize expropriation and are fully equipped to assist municipalities and public institutions seeking to initiate expropriation proceedings.

- Health and Social Services

Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells is recognized across Quebec for its work and expertise in health and social services. This means you benefit from the best possible legal services provided by lawyers with a thorough understanding of your field and a commitment to achieving a successful outcome for you. We are called on to act in a wide range of cases requiring expertise in health and social services and in general public law, and as senior legal advisors with organizations governed by the Act respecting health services and social services, including various hospitals and regional health and social service agencies.

- Intellectual Property

Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells has a team available specializing in intellectual property and information technology. To deal with all your needs, these same legal practitioners also have experience in business law, such as company law, corporate and commercial law, corporate finance, competition law, international law, and litigation. Our team includes several trademark agents as well who are authorized to act in Canada and the United States. They can also act in other countries through the State Capital Group* and TAGLaw® legal networks we are part of. Our intellectual property and information technology experts benefit a varied clientele that includes small, medium, and large companies in every economic sector, including many high-tech firms and public and parapublic institutions in the fields of education and health, as well as private individuals.

- International Affairs

At Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells, our mission has always been to remain attuned to the diverse needs of our clients and play a proactive role as their business partner. With the growing needs of our clients already active in foreign markets and of those seeking to position themselves in new markets outside Quebec, it was a logical step to set up an international affairs section within our firm. The experienced attorneys working in this area are perfectly familiar with every aspect of foreign market transactions and share their considerable expertise, providing you with practical and judicious advice. Our membership in the State Capital Group*, a network of legal firms on every continent, gives us direct access as needed to information and assistance abroad.

- Labor and Employment

Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells is one of the leading firms in Quebec in the area of labor and employment law, not only for the number and size of cases we handle, but also for the number of lawyers we have dedicated to this area of expertise. Our labor and employment law team includes more than 30 lawyers spread throughout our offices. Most of these professionals devote the lion’s share of their practice to this area of expertise, and a number of them have over 20 years experience in the field as collective agreement advisors and negotiators for employers or as attorneys before administrative authorities in cases of certification, arbitration, and challenges.

- Liability and Insurance

With their expertise in liability and insurance, the legal professionals at Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells can act on your behalf in every facet of this vast area of expertise. Some of the many aspects on which we are consulted on a daily basis by insurance companies and other businesses include property and personal insurance, insurance contract formation and rescission, and coverage amounts and requirements, as well as civil, medical, manufacturer, principal, and government liability.

- Litigation

Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells has forged a highly enviable reputation in civil and commercial litigation. Indeed, a number of our attorneys are members of the eminent American College of Trial Lawyers, a prestigious institution that certifies only the very best trial lawyers in Canada and the United States. We are proud that our case preparation, practical approach, and first-rate representation have earned us the respect of judges and decision-makers at every level of the Quebec and Canadian legal systems.

- Mediation and Arbitration

In many cases, the legal system is not the ideal place to solve disputes, particularly given the cost and time involved. At Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells, whenever possible we turn to alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration to simplify the settlement of disputes and serve the interests of our clients in the best possible way. The cost and time involved in these alternative dispute resolution methods are considerably less than with a court case.

- Municipal

Municipal law is an area of expertise of special importance at Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells since it is a flagship sector for which we boast a dedicated team of highly seasoned legal officers. Since the only powers Quebec municipalities have are those conferred on them by the legislators, our attorneys working in this field have to deal with a number of special laws. Our lawyers have a keen understanding of the situation and requirements of municipalities, and their primary concern when representing them is to ensure the municipalities act within the limits of their authority. On the other hand, when we represent taxpayers, we can, for example, force the town to issue a building permit to an eligible resident, challenge property tax assessments, or defend residents accused of violating a municipal bylaw.

- Native Affairs

Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells boasts the expertise of over one hundred professionals active in every sector of the economy, and a seasoned team devoted specifically to working with band councils, businesses, and other institutions and organizations in native communities. Our attorneys are firmly rooted and active in communities all across Quebec. They can provide a vast array of services with an aboriginal component and help set up various types of economic, political, and administrative partnerships between native organizations and economic organizations and stakeholders.

- Real Estate

The real estate law experts at Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells possess wide-ranging expertise to meet all your real estate needs. They can assist and counsel you in your real estate purchasing, sales, or mortgage financing transactions. We also have a team of seasoned notaries to finalize your transactions. Our legal officers are called on by a host of companies to manage or avoid disputes that may arise in the real estate sector, including illegal occupancy of a property and inappropriate exercise of a real right. We can also counsel clients on all encumbrances on a property and examine real estate deeds, plans, reference books, and certificates of location with all the thoroughness and care required of such tasks.

- Securities

At Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells, we have recognized expertise in the area of securities. Our clients regularly come to us for the in-depth knowledge of our professionals, who can plan and implement various types of transactions involving securities or corporate financing. Our attorneys provide valuable advice, notably with regard to public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions of publicly held corporations, and the setup and launch of income funds. Whatever your needs, we have the resources and skills to meet them in the most effective way.

- Taxation

Taxation is a multifaceted, often complex world with an undeniable impact on the life and growth of companies, institutions, and organizations. With their perfect mastery of the complexities of taxation and the repercussions certain actions can have on it, our team of seasoned tax lawyers is ideally positioned to advise our business clients on every aspect of the field. Our solid expertise with companies large and small in every sector of the economy covers a wide range of commercial operations, including mergers, acquisitions, sales, restructuring, and other requirements and enables us to provide valuable and timely advice on federal, provincial, or transborder taxation matters. We also represent our clients in litigation against federal, provincial, or municipal tax authorities.

- Transportation

Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells boasts an enviable reputation for its expertise in transportation law due in large part to its team of seasoned professionals dedicated solely to this particular area of expertise. Our attorneys have an in-depth understanding of the transportation industry since it is their daily world, and they fully master its many legal and regulatory complexities in Quebec, across Canada, and around the world. This makes them ideally positioned to provide valuable legal services, primarily in matters of road transportation, but also in air, maritime, and rail transportation.

- Family and Personal

When spouses or common-law partners break up, it upsets the family balance, inevitably triggering a whole range of emotions and changes that impact every member of the family. These are delicate situations, and talking about them is not always easy. We make a point of creating an environment of trust and remaining strictly objective as we guide you through this important stage in your life.

- Immigration

The rise in immigration and emigration has led a number of our attorneys to develop special expertise in this field. Among the services we provide are customized solutions for individuals, including guidance with regard to work permits, student visas, temporary resident visas, permanent resident status, and citizenship. With their extensive knowledge in the area of immigration and immigration law, our professionals are also well qualified to provide assistance in litigation cases in this field. Rest assured that they will make every effort to ensure a thorough understanding of your situation and needs so they can put their know-how to best use for you and your cause.

- Wills and Estates

Are you a young couple or a step family preparing to make a joint commitment by purchasing a house or having a baby? Or perhaps you’re on the brink of your eagerly awaited retirement. You have loved ones and an estate you want to protect and pass on. The team of notaries at Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells is qualified and ready to guide you through the decision-making process. With our thorough knowledge of the legal and tax implications of handing down property upon your death, we are well positioned to draft or revise your will as per good practice so it reflects your specific needs and situation. Rest assured that our priority is to respect your last wishes. Notarial wills, by their very nature, ensure much faster and cheaper estate settlements since, unlike holograph wills or wills made in the presence of witnesses, they don’t have to be probated. Lastly, we advise executors on how best to approach each stage of the estate settlement and answer all the questions raised by the deceased’s heirs, generally at the official reading of the will.

- Other Areas of Expertise

The areas of expertise described in detail are those in which our legal professionals are most active. If you require legal services in another area of expertise, rest assured that we can help you. Please contact us so we can refer you to a legal professional whose profile matches your specific needs. If none of our attorneys are able to assist you, we will refer you to an outside resource who is.



Affiliations

  • SCG Legal
  • TAGLaw

Partners

Attorney's Picture Sylvain Chabot
Partner
Employment, Workplace Health and Safety

Attorney's Picture Gaston Desrosiers
National Managing Partner
Banking and Finance, Business and Industry, Intellectual Property, Real Estate

Attorney's Picture Normand Drolet
Partner
Employment

Attorney's Picture Jean Houle
Partner
Administrative Law, Employment, Workplace Health and Safety

Attorney's Picture Karl Jessop
Partner
Employment

Attorney's Picture Linda Lavoie
Managing Partner
Employment

Attorney's Picture Sylvain Lepage
Partner
Administrative Law, Construction Law, Employment, Litigation

Attorney's Picture Stéphane Martin
Partner
Banking and Finance, Business and Industry, Intellectual Property, Local, Municipal and State Law, Real Estate

Attorney's Picture François Rouette
Partner
Transportation

Attorney's Picture Martin St-Amant
Partner
Business and Industry, Immigration, Intellectual Property, International Law

Attorney's Picture Louis Ste-Marie
Partner
Employment, Workplace Health and Safety



Associates

Attorney's Picture Véronique Aubé
Associate
Employment

Attorney's Picture Anne-Marie Béchard
Associate
Administrative Law, Education Law, Employment

Attorney's Picture Hélène Bergeron
Notary
Estate Planning, Real Estate

Attorney's Picture Hughes Bernier-Lamontagne
Associate
Construction Law, Insurance, Litigation, Personal Injury

Attorney's Picture Mélanie Boivin
Associate
Family Law, Health Care and Social

Attorney's Picture Marie-Pier Bujold-Boutin
Associate
Education Law, Employment

Attorney's Picture Geneviève Carrier
Associate
Administrative Law, Employment

Attorney's Picture Hélène Carrier
Associate
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Health Care and Social

Attorney's Picture Hubert Crépault
Associate
Banking and Finance, Business and Industry, Intellectual Property, Real Estate

Attorney's Picture Guy Dussault
Associate
Employment, International Law

Attorney's Picture Anne Ellefsen-Gauthier
Associate
Transportation

Attorney's Picture Alexandra Foucher
Associate
Family Law, Litigation

Attorney's Picture Mathieu Fournier
Associate
Administrative Law, Employment

Attorney's Picture Annick Gauthier Bernier
Associate
Employment

Attorney's Picture Raymond Gouge
Associate
Employment, Workplace Health and Safety

Attorney's Picture Marie-Douce Huard
Associate
Construction Law, Employment, Insurance, Personal Injury

Attorney's Picture Simon Kearney
Associate
Administrative Law, Employment, Workplace Health and Safety

Attorney's Picture Marc-Olivier Laporte
Associate
Employment, Workplace Health and Safety

Attorney's Picture André Lavoie
Associate
Employment, Health Care and Social, Insurance, Personal Injury

Attorney's Picture Pierre Martin
Associate
Construction Law, Health Care and Social, Litigation

Attorney's Picture Alexandre Proulx
Associate
Banking and Finance, Business and Industry, Litigation

Attorney's Picture Joanie Simard
Associate
Employment, Workplace Health and Safety


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