Jacques Jeansonne practiced for more than twenty-three years as a litigation attorney and as a partner at McCarthy Tétrault, one of the largest Canadian firm.
Jacques’s litigation practice focuses on the fields of Civil and Corporate law, Commercial law and Public law, including Constitutional and Administrative law as well as Disciplinary cases.
He has acted as counsel in some of the most important Canadian cases of libel and represented many renowned individuals in the world of business, politics, law, arts and media.
Jacques has appeared before all levels of the Quebec Courts, Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. He pleaded before many administrative tribunals and commercial arbitration panels in Canada, United States and in Europe.
He has served on various Quebec Bar committees and is a conference speaker for various Associations and Universities.
Jacques Jeansonne has been honored by the legal profession, including by Chambers – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Lexpert and The Best Lawyers in Canada.
He is mentioned again in Best Lawyers in Canada, in 2018, in both fields of Public and Administrative Law and Corporate and Commercial Litigation.
His peers also have awarded him the highest AV ® rating in the Martindale-Hubbell guide.
Jacques Jeansonne obtained is law degree from the University of Montréal in 1979, and was called to the Bar in 1980.
Louis Brousseau practices in the fields of civil and commercial litigation, including the defense of class actions, product liability, professional liability, federal and provincial administrative law, as well as federal access to information and privacy litigation. He also has experience in cross-border and international litigation.
Louis has appeared before all levels of the Quebec courts as well as before the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.
In 2018, he was again included by his peers in Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Corporate and Commercial Litigation. Louis joined Jeansonne Avocats inc. after a twenty-three year career at McCarthy Tétrault where he was a partner.
He is the co-founder of the Canadian Bar Association Programme for teaching the Canadian and Quebec Charter of Rights in high schools. He is a past President of the Quebec Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. Louis teaches Evidence and Civil Procedure at the Quebec Bar Admission School. He earned a (J.D.) in North American Common Law from the Université de Montreal in 2018. He teaches Foundations of Common Law, Property and Torts in the J.D. Programme at the Law Faculty of the Université de Montréal.
Louis earned a B.A. from McGill University in 1983. He obtained his law degree from the Université de Montréal in 1986 and was called to the Quebec Bar in 1987.
Virginie Dionne-Dostie joined the firm in January 2012 and focuses her practice in commercial and civil litigation, particularly in the defense of class actions.
Virginie holds a law degree from the University of Montreal obtained in 2010 and was called to the Quebec Bar in 2011
In 2017, she obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) in North American Common Law at Université de Montréal.
She articled with the Research Department of the Court of Québec.
Virginie is also member of the Young Bar Association of Montreal.
François Fournier completed his articling position at Jeansonne Avocats Inc. and stayed on as a lawyer in civil and commercial litigation since being called to the Bar.
An avid political supporter, he served in key positions in both provincial and federal levels of government. He was a candidate for a federal election, and was press secretary for the Minister in charge of Accès à l’Information and la Réforme des institutions démocratiques of Québec.
François holds a Law degree from Université de Montréal and was admitted to the Bar in 2017.
Marie-Claude Lalande has practiced in the fields of securities law and litigation in major Canadian law firms. For several years, she was the Seminars coordinator for Continuing Legal Education at the Quebec Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.
She is now in charge of managing Jeansonne Avocats inc.
Marie-Claude obtained her law degree from the Université de Montréal and was called to the Quebec Bar in 1982.
François L’Heureux is a public and administrative law specialist with a background in commercial and civil law litigation.
He has represented many important clients including the Government of Canada.
As a litigator with 37 years of experience, François has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada and various other federal and provincial tribunals and boards.
Following many years in some of the most reputable law firms such as, Guy & Gilbert, Lafleur Brown and Gowling WLG Canada, François joined Jeansonne Avocats in March 2018.
He was chosen again by his peers in Best Lawyers in Canada 2018, for Public & Administrative Law.
In addition to our areas of practice, his main interests are Governance and regulatory sector matters, Municipal planning and zoning, as well as Agricultural land-zoning laws and regulations; First Nations economic development initiatives and related governmental negotiations; Electoral laws and popular consultation (referendal processes) matters; NAFTA treaty and non-NAFTA manpower mobility issues.
Recently, in 2014, the Barreau du Québec recognized his expertise in governance and electoral issues by appointing him as a senior member of its electoral committee.
In 2000, he successfully represented the expropriated parties in the Pierre Le Gardeur Hospital expropriation file, one of the most important and complex provincial expropriation matters in the last 20 years.
In 1993, he was appointed by the federal cabinet as Canada’s chief federal negotiator in the Canada/Mohawk Nation of Khanawake negotiation process. In 2005, his services were retained by the James Bay Cree Regional Authority as lead counsel for the implementation of an unprecedented fibre optic telecommunication network developed under First Nations leadership. The $28-million Eeyou Communications Network is regarded and recognized by many Aboriginal stakeholders and telecom specialists as a prime and sustainable mixed-economic development.
François has also delivered several conference presentations dealing with municipal, provincial and federal electoral legislations.
In 1990, François was appointed a federal labor arbitrator by Canada’s minister of labour. In this role, he dealt with various wrongful dismissal and wages claims.
François is also well-known for his charitable community involvement. For the past fifteen years, he has been vice president of the Montreal Giant Steps Centre for the treatment and education of autism-spectrum children and young adults. He is also a director of the Guido Molinari Foundation, and the Yvon Lamarre Foundation.
ALAIN T.K. NGUYEN
Alain Nguyen practices in the fields of civil and commercial litigation, with a particular focus on matters of media, communications and defamation law, transportation law and protection of fundamental freedoms and rights, as well as civil and professional liability, labour and employment law, contract disputes and shareholder disputes.
He regularly represents his clients’ interests before the Court of Quebec, the Superior Court, various administrative tribunals and the Quebec Court of Appeal.
He obtained his law degree from Université de Montréal. During his studies, he represented his law school at the Gale Cup, a national moot court competition, and distinguished himself in a national essay-writing competition sponsored by the Department of Justice of Canada and the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Branch.
Alain was called to the Quebec Bar in 2007 and joined Jeansonne Avocats inc. at its founding, after having previously practiced at Deslauriers Jeansonne.
Amongst other interests, Alain is an avid soccer player and had the privilege of twice representing the Quebec Bar at the Mundiavocat, the World Cup of soccer for lawyers.
Vincent Piché practices in civil and commercial litigation as well as dispute resolution. His practice focuses on all aspects of commercial litigation, from advice on complex litigation matters to representing clients before the courts. Mtre. Piché has experience in various types of litigation, particularly commercial and contractual litigation, shareholder disputes, extraordinary remedies and real estate law. He also advises his clients on matters related to human rights and freedoms.
Mtre. Piché pleads before all civil courts in Québec, including the Court of Appeal. He has developed a thorough experience in safeguard orders, injunctions and seizure before judgment.
Mtre. Piché holds a Bachelor in Economics and Political Science from the University of Montreal as well as a Bachelor in Laws from McGill University (B.C.L./LL.B.). He joined the firm as a student in May 2013 and decided to pursue his career with our team when he got called to the Quebec Bar in 2016.
STEPHEN G. SCHENKE
Before joining Jeansonne Avocats Inc. in 2016, Stephen Schenke practiced corporate and commercial litigation at McCarthy Tétrault for 27 years where he was involved in a wide variety of commercial disputes, with a particular emphasis in the fields of real estate and construction litigation. Stephen has represented major corporate clients, property developers, construction contractors, universities, banks, insurance companies and multinational corporations in an array of commercial lawsuits and arbitrations.
He is a certified mediator in civil and commercial matters.
Stephen is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Lord Reading Law Society and was part of the Past Presidents Council of the Montreal Bar. He is Honourary Legal Counsel to the Quebec Branch of the Last Post Fund and is a former Honourary Legal Counsel to the Quebec Provincial Council of the Boys Scouts of Canada, for which he was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
Once again in 2018, he is included as a leading lawyer in Corporate and Commercial Litigation in the peer rated publication Best Lawyers in Canada.
Stephen has lectured at the McGill University Faculty of Law in Alternative Dispute Resolution and is often called upon as a speaker. As part of a CBA delegation, he has lectured in International Commercial Arbitration in Laos and Vietnam. He sits on the CBA’s International Initiatives Committee. He has served on both the Montreal and Quebec Bar Councils and was a member of the Quebec Bar’s Executive Committee for two years. In 2008-2009, he was the President of the Montreal Bar, at which time he created the Montreal Bar’s annual round table on Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Stephen holds a B.Comm. from Concordia University (Loyola) as well as BCL/LLB law degrees from McGill University. He was called to the Quebec and New York Bars in 1990. He is a former officer of the Royal 22nd Regiment.
Jean-François Towner articled and worked as an associate with Deslauriers Jeansonne from 2008 to 2011. After joining a national law firm, he decided to pursue his practice at Jeansonne Avocats inc. in February 2012.
Jean-François practices in civil and commercial litigation, including construction law, shareholders disagreements, estate law, franchise law.
During his studies, Jean-François worked as research assistant to a Justice of the Quebec Superior Court.
Jean-François Towner obtained his law degree from the University of Montreal in 2009 and was called to the Quebec Bar in 2010.
MARIE FRANCE TOZZI
Marie France Tozzi’s practice focuses on commercial and civil litigation including the defense of class actions, defamation, conflicts between shareholders, contract disputes and employment law.
Throughout her employment, Marie France gained extensive experience in administrative law and the law of professions.
After having practiced at Deslauriers Jeansonne for more than seven years, Marie France is in charge of human resources at Jeansonne Avocats inc.
Marie France Tozzi obtained her law degree from the Université de Sherbrooke in 2001 and was called to the Quebec Bar in 2002.