LCM Attorneys Inc. is one of Montréal’s leading litigation boutiques, serving an impressive list of clients in a wide array of matters, including class actions, commercial litigation, shareholders’ disputes, securities law, professional liability, public law litigation, construction disputes, injunctions, arbitration and international matters.
Founded in 2014 by a group of partners from one of Canada’s premier national firms, LCM Attorneys now boasts over twenty lawyers renowned for their in-depth expertise, savvy, hands-on approach and creativity in crafting winning strategies and finding practical solutions to the most challenging legal issues.
The firm’s lawyers have earned the highest awards and are recognized by their peers for their expertise and the quality of their services. Members of LCM Attorneys’ team have been inducted as Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), received the prestigious designation of Advocatus Emeritus (lawyer emeritus) by the Bar of Québec, and are consistently ranked among the best lawyers in their fields.
LCM Attorneys is proud of Benchmark Canada’s decision to recognize ten members of its team in its 2020 Edition: Bernard Amyot, Ad. E., Sébastien Caron Ad. E., Patrick Ferland, Olivier Fraticelli, David Joanisse, Marc-André Landry and Dominique Ménard as Litigation Stars, as well as Julien Archambault, David Quesnel and Marie-Noël Rochon as Future Stars.
Adding to its bench strength, LCM Attorneys can count on the presence of the honourable Joel A. Silcoff, one of the founding members of the Commercial Chamber of the Quebec Superior Court, who during his tenure on the bench presided some of Quebec’s most important commercial disputes and rendered several widely recognized landmark decisions, as well as renowned counsel Max Bernard, Ad. E.
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Founded in February 2015, Renno Vathilakis Inc. has quickly become one of Montreal’s premier corporate and commercial litigation boutiques. Practising in the fields of corporate litigation and shareholder disputes, class actions, franchise and distribution litigation, commercial arbitration, bankruptcy and insolvency, competition law, family law, constitutional law, privacy law, defamation and freedom of expression, employment law, construction law and securities law litigation, Renno Vathilakis Inc. provides its clients with top flight representation.
Both of the firm’s co-founders have a consistent and impressive track record litigating and resolving corporate and commercial disputes.
Karim Renno was previously a partner in the Montreal litigation department of renown Canadian firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, as well as a partner in the highly regarded Montreal litigation boutique of Irving Mitchell Kalichman LLP. Through his fifteen years of litigation experience, he has amassed a number of accolades. From 2013-2018, he ranked as a Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation and was cited as an Up and Coming litigator in the 2014 and 2015 editions of Chambers Global. He is also recognized by Best Lawyers Canada as a leading practitioner for corporate/commercial litigation in Québec since 2015. In 2013, Karim was awarded by the Client Choice awards as the top litigator in the province of Québec for client service. Finally, Karim was recognized by Benchmark Litigation as one of Canada’s top 40 trial lawyers in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He is also the founder and editor in chief of the ‘’ À bon droit’’ blog and contributes hundreds of case commentaries every year. In fact, his blog was named best practitioner legal blog in Canada for 2012 by the Canadian Law Blog Awards and was a finalist for Best Canadian Law Blog at the same awards in 2013 and 2014. He is a regular contributor to well-known law blogs such as Canlii Connects, Droit Inc. and Edilex. Moreover, Karim has published numerous articles relating to corporate law, commercial law, evidence and civil procedure.
He has amassed a vast experience and enjoys an excellent reputation with regard to private international law matters and injunctions, having argued before the Supreme Court of Canada on multiple occasions in cases involving such issues. Moreover, Karim has represented some of the most important companies before all levels of Québec courts. Karim has acted as lead counsel in several high profile cases related to the telecommunications, credit card, pharmaceutical, construction, tobacco, software, real estate, airline and transportation industries.
Co-founder Michael Vathilakis has an equally impressive track record. After working for renown Canadian firms Fasken, Martineau, DuMoulin and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Michael was tapped to lead the in-house team of Future Electronics Inc., one of the world’s largest electronic components distributors. He soon rose to the position of General Counsel, Vice-President Legal Affairs of the company. From that position, he spearheaded and oversaw numerous high profile commercial court trials and arbitrations, as well as a number of significant business transactions. He returned to private practice to found Renno Vathilakis Inc. His practice focuses on dispute prevention, commercial litigation and family law. In fact, Michael is recognized by Best Lawyers Canada (2020) as leading practitioner in Family Law. Michael has acted before all levels of Québec courts as lead counsel in significant cases related to, amongst others, technology, electronic component distribution and real estate industries. A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada - as well as the Quebec Bar - Michael has represented clients in international arbitrations both in Canada and abroad. He has also acted in various employment cases and is presently one of the lead counsel in a number of significant class actions.
Michael holds a master’s degree in law from Harvard University (LL.M.) and has lectured at his alma matter. Michael was recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Litigation Star from 2016.
The founding partners are supported by a highly skilled and growing team. The young firm currently consists of six lawyers, two articling students and several summer students - with a view of further growth in the coming years.
Renno Vathilakis Inc. is dedicated to providing its clients with top notch dispute resolution services and to finding creative solutions to complex problems.
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WOODS LLP is the foremost litigation, arbitration and insolvency firm in Canada, recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise and success.
We act in all manner of disputes where the stakes are high and the outcome is of vital importance to our clients and their businesses. Our team of formidable attorneys – fluent in English, French and other languages, trained in the civil law and common law, dedicated to understanding our clients’ interests and devoted to successful advocacy – is known for developing winning strategies and delivering concrete results. We are proud of our reputation for having the talent and drive to handle even the largest and most complex disputes, while remaining at all times highly flexible, responsive and efficient.
A dispute resolution practice as diverse as the business world.
Our practice reflects the breadth and diversity of disputes that arise in the business world. We act for governments, public and private companies and individuals in all manner of corporate and commercial litigation, before all levels of courts and tribunals in Canada, including in disputes relating to corporate liability and governance, directors’ and officers’ liability, shareholders’ or other stakeholders’ disputes, securities litigation and generally in matters concerning the interpretation and performance of complex commercial agreements. We are also frequently retained in matters relating to professional liability – of accountants, investment dealers, engineers, architects and other professionals – as well as in product and manufacturers’ liability cases, defamation suits, and disputes in the construction, energy, agri-business, IT and financial services industries, to name a few.
Our firm also boasts an important insolvency practice, which has grown significantly in recent years and includes some of the country’s finest bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers.
We are also one of the few firms in Canada with a dedicated international arbitration practice, representing clients and serving as arbitrators in international commercial and investment arbitrations under the rules of the world’s most important arbitral institutions.
James A. Woods has practiced in litigation and arbitration since 1976 and has pleaded at all levels of the federal and provincial courts in Ontario and Québec including the Supreme Court of Canada. Member of the Faculty of Law, McGill University, lecturer in civil litigation. Author of numerous articles and papers, he is fellow of the ACTL, LCA, FDCC and CIA(London). AAA panel member. Called in Québec (1976), Ontario (1979), Alberta and British Columbia (2006), England and Wales (2007), and Paris (2013).
Sylvain Vauclair has practiced for 30 years in insolvency and restructuring, acting the various stakeholders, including debtors, creditors’ committees, bankruptcy trustees, court-appointed monitors, bondholders and lenders. Widely recognized as a leader in his field. Member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada and of the American Bankruptcy Institute and its sub-committee on international insolvencies.
Stephen L. Drymer acts as counsel, arbitrator and mediator in domestic and international commercial arbitration and investment treaty disputes, advising clients on dispute resolution agreements and strategies in a broad range of industries, as well as in boundary cases and other state-to-state disputes, and in the area of sport law. Holds degrees in both Common Law and Civil Law.
Caroline Biron acts in commercial, corporate and shareholder disputes, class actions and professional liability matters before Federal and Provincial courts in Québec, arbitration, disciplinary and regulatory proceedings. She also holds a Certificate in Corporate Governance.
The Honourable Clément Gascon, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, joined Woods as Senior Counsel in the Spring of 2020. After a career of more than seventeen years in the Canadian judiciary, he returned to the private practice of law, which he had left in 2002. He uses his in-depth expertise and experience to guide and assist parties and their counsel in resolving disputes through arbitration at the national and international levels and acts as strategic advisor in the insolvency, restructuring and litigation matters of the firm.
Patrick Ouellet has practiced in the field of commercial, corporate and civil litigation since 1999. He has a particular expertise in the fields of securities and financial litigation, telecommunications, class actions, construction and shareholder disputes. He is recognized for his talents in handling complex evidence and is an astute cross-examiner.
Richard Vachon has practiced in the area of civil and commercial litigation since 2003, following some years in corporate and securities law. Richard has developed an expertise in the fields of shareholder rights, securities litigation, public-private partnerships, employment law and defamation.
Bogdan Catanu has practiced general commercial litigation since 2002. Acts in contractual disputes, international arbitration, injunctions, corporate litigation, class actions, professional liability and insolvency disputes. Is a course lecturer at the University of Montreal.
Marie-Louise Delisle has practiced in the areas of civil and commercial litigation since 2002 before all levels of courts in Québec. She has managed various high-profile cases in securities law, professional liability, class actions and arbitration. LL.M. in intellectual property law. Is a course lecturer at the University of Montreal.
Sarah Woods practices commercial litigation, including shareholder disputes, securities litigation, class actions, product liability, professional liability, employment law and defamation. Course lecturer at McGill Faculty of Law. Called to the bar in both Ontario and Québec.
Louis Sévéno has practiced since 2004 in arbitration, civil and commercial litigation, with a focus on injunctive proceedings, contractual disputes, employment law, construction disputes, public-private partnerships, shareholder disputes and bankruptcy and insolvency. Member of the Quebec, Ontario, and New York Bars.
Bogdan Alexandru Dobrota’s practice focuses on international commercial arbitration, cross-border commercial litigation and international insolvency cases. He represents local and international clients before judicial courts, mediation and arbitration.
The Honorable Joseph R. Nuss is senior counsel to the firm. Formerly a judge of the Québec Court of Appeal, he acts as an independent arbitrator and mediator in matters of Canadian and International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation. Fellow of the ACTL. Member of the CBA, IBA, LCIA, ICDR panel of arbitrators and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Committee.
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Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada's leading firm for intellectual property law. With offices across Canada, and over 100 lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents, we are the largest firm focused purely on IP and related specialty areas.
We specialize in asserting and defending our clients' IP assets to maximize their return on investments and preserve competitive advantage. Intellectual property rights - from patents, industrial designs and trademarks, to trade secrets, confidential information and copyrights - are critical business assets that need to be aggressively protected and enforced.
In high-stakes litigation, we know what it takes to win and we routinely handle Canada's most commercially important and technically complex intellectual property cases. Our lawyers possess a rare combination of successful trial and appellate experience combined with a deeply sophisticated understanding of technical subject matter and analytical expertise - resulting in victories at all levels. From start-up companies in emerging growth sectors to multinational corporations across a broad range of industries, we draw on our vast technical and legal experience to provide creative, effective and costefficient enforcement and litigation strategies tailored to each client's unique situation and needs.
Smart & Biggar has received Benchmark's Award as Canadian IP Litigation Firm of the Year for five consecutive year. Our Practice Group has vast experience and success in all areas of IP litigation, including:
Patent Litigation & Enforcement
We know what it takes for our clients to win in high stakes IP litigation.
Some of our representative recent victories include:
Largest reported damages award in Canadian history for patent infringement at $645 million
The Dow Chemical Company et al v Nova Chemicals Corporation
Success in the Supreme Court of Canada - Abolishing the "Promise Doctrine" for patents
AstraZeneca Canada Inc v Apotex Inc.
Trial victory to protect Captain Morgan "trade dress" to block competitors and protect brand value
Diageo Canada Inc v Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc.
Precedent-setting decision on copyright infringement netting damages of $12 million
Nintendo of America Inc v King
Unprecedented site-blocking order requiring Internet Service Providers to impede access to piracy services
Bell Media Inc. et al v Goldtv.biz et al.
For over 100 years, we have remained devoted to protecting our clients' intellectual property and technology assets. Whether we are advising an innovative company on patent strategy or infringement issues, providing counsel on brand protection and enforcement, or handling the IP aspects of a corporate transaction, we provide clients with solutions to protect, enforce and leverage their IP.
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