Through its comprehensive annual peer survey, Lexpert has identified Québec’s leading commercial insurance litigation law firms. The list is revealed below. For the complete roster of the top lawyers and law firms in the practice, visit our practice area rankings list.
Commercial insurance litigation generally comprises the provision of advice and representation, whether by way of negotiation, judicial proceedings, alternative dispute resolution, mediation or arbitration in all matters relating to liability and coverage disputes. It also involves risks, property and other such cover between insurers, insureds, reinsurers, excess insurers, intermediaries, special risks underwriters and insurance mutuals.
Year established: 1992 (Canada)
Number of lawyers: 36 (insurance and reinsurance – corporate commercial)
Number of ranked lawyers: 6
Partners: Louis-Philippe Constant, Nathalie David, Jo-Anne Demers, Robert Emblem, Carolena Gordon, Caroline Malo, Trevor McCann, Dominic Naud
Clyde & Co Canada LLP advises on all aspects of insurance defence and coverage, commercial and construction litigation, class action defence, arbitration and mediation. It has offices in Montréal and Toronto. The firm’s lawyers boast a deep understanding of the insurance industry and work closely with its network of over 50 international headquarters. Clyde & Co assists major insurers, licensed intermediaries and businesses with multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution, and worldwide and domestic compliance initiatives that cover a full range of issues, claims monitoring, claims auditing and risk management consulting.
Year established: 1979
Number of lawyers: 30+ (commercial litigation)
Number of ranked lawyers: 2
Partners: Pierre Bazinet, François Bélanger, Laurence Bich-Carrière, Myriam Brixi, Eugene Czolij, Nicolas Gagnon, Justin Gravel, Jonathan Lacoste-Jobin, Jean Legault, Martin Pichette, Ian Rose, Philippe Tremblay, Bruno Verdon, Yanick Vlasak, Jonathan Warin
Lavery, de Billy, LLP is one of the top independent law firms in Québec, with offices in Montréal, Québec City, Sherbrooke and Trois-Revières. It provides a comprehensive range of legal services to regional, national and multinational corporations, financial institutions, Crown corporations, and government departments and agencies. The firm also has an extensive practice in advising other Canadian and foreign law firms on matters pertaining to Québec law. It consists of 250 lawyers and legal professionals. Lavery has developed strong ties with law and other professional firms across Canada and the world, enabling the firm to assist clients outside Québec.
Year established: 1823
Number of lawyers: 49 (corporate commercial)
Number of ranked lawyers: 2
Partners: Nadir André, Geneviève Bergeron, Jacques S. Darche, Pascale Dionne, André Dufour, Fred Enns, Vincent Frenette, Patricia Galella, Ève Gaudet, Manon Gauthier, John Godber, Éloïse Gratton, Benjamin Gross, Neil Ezra Hazan, Patrice Martin, John G. Murphy, Guy J. Pratte, Stéphane Richer, Yaniv Saragosti, Ryan Tomicic
Full-service firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) advises businesses and other institutions on all aspects of business law, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, major disputes, financing, and trademark and patent registration. The firm has over 700 lawyers in its offices in Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver. It excels under both the common and civil law systems. BLG is Canada’s oldest law firm and the largest of the country’s AmLaw Global 100 firms. It is also one of the first in North America to implement client service standards.
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Year established: 1916
Number of lawyers: 22 (insurance litigation)
Number of ranked lawyers: 3
Partners: Vikki Andrighetti, Antoine Brylowski, Nathalie Dubé, Jean-François Gagnon, Laurence Gauthier, Pierre Y. Lefebvre, Valérie Lemaire, Katherine Loranger, François Mainguy, Joanie Proteau, Richard R. Provost, Véronique Roy, Renée-Maude Vachon
Langlois lawyers, LLP is a full-service firm and one of the largest in the province. The firm has more than 150 lawyers and legal professionals working in its offices in Montreal and Quebec City. Langlois offers a complete range of legal services in several areas, including civil and commercial litigation, business and real estate, employment and labour, maritime, administrative, environmental and energy, and governance and ethics. Since 2018, the firm has been a major partner of Clinique juridique Juripop, a legal clinic committed to providing legal services to clients who are financially unable to defend their rights.
Year established: 1855
Number of lawyers: 13 (insurance litigation)
Number of ranked lawyers: 1
Partners: Sophie Arpin, Marie-Eve Dufresne, Marc Dufour, Jean Lortie, Julie-Martine Loranger, Emmanuelle Poupart, David E. Roberge
One of Canada’s leading full-service law firms, McCarthy Tétrault LLP caters to both domestic and international clients. It offers integrated business, litigation, tax, real property, and labour and employment services. The firm has offices in Montréal, Québec City, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, New York in the US and London in the UK. McCarthy Tétrault consists of industry groups that provide advice across several industries, including, banking and financial services, energy and infrastructure, private equity and investments, resources and extraction, retail and consumer markets, capital markets, real estate, technology and communications, and healthcare and science. The firm’s lawyers have acted as counsel at every level of the federal and provincial court systems, and frequently appear before regulatory and administrative tribunals and commercial arbitrations.
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Year established: 1879
Number of lawyers: 63 (dispute resolution and litigation)
Number of ranked lawyers: 1
Partners: Maya Angenot, Jean G. Bertrand, Pierre Bienvenu, Horia Bundaru, Maxime Cantin, Marie Cossette, Claudia Déry, Pierre Duquette, François Fontaine, Charles A. Foucreault, Andres C. Garin, Ian Gosselin, Julie Himo, Caroline Larouche, Eric C. Lefebvre, André Legrand, Claude, Marchand, Sophie Melchers, Guillaume Michaud, Luc Morin, François-David Paré, Paul S. Prosterman, Jean-Charles René, Sylvain Rigaud, Vincent Rochette, Michel G. Sylvestre, Martin J. Valasek
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP boasts more than 3,700 lawyers and legal staff based in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East and Africa. In Canada, the firm has offices in Montréal, Québec City, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver. It advises corporations and financial institutions on all aspects of business law. The firm has clients in several industries, including finance, energy, infrastructure, mining, transportation, technology, life sciences and healthcare. Norton Rose Fulbright operates in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity, the firm says.
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Year established: 1952
Number of lawyers: 6 (litigation and dispute resolution – insurance and reinsurance)
Partners: Peter J. Cullen, Laurent Fortier
Full-service business law firm Stikeman Elliott LLP has offices in Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver. Internationally, it has headquarters in New York, London and Sydney. The firm is an expert in multi-jurisdictional matters and provides counsel and advice to clients across Canada and around the world. Its primary practices areas include mergers and acquisitions, securities, litigation and dispute resolution, banking and finance, competition and foreign investment, tax, restructuring, energy, real estate, project development, pensions, and employment and labour.