Jean-François De Rico

Lawyer, Partner

Québec Bar 2001
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Jean-François De Rico is a partner in Langlois lawyers’ office. He practices in the areas of commercial litigation, information technology law and bankruptcy & insolvency. He is a member of the Executive Committee and the partner in charge of the Quebec City office.

In the area of information technology, he advises organizations on governance and regulatory compliance, on the negotiating and drafting of contracts, the protection of personal information and the management of intellectual property rights. He also provides advice on the development of software applications, the outsourcing of IT services, the supply and procurement of IT equipment and the implementation of E-business processes.

In addition, he assists clients in the drafting of organizational policies on the protection of personal information, electronic communications (commercial emails, social media), information security and the management of electronic documents.

He also represents businesses, financial institutions and public bodies in litigious matters in various areas of activity such as the outsourcing of IT services, IT-related calls for tenders, and disputes involving trade-marks and domain names.

Jean-François is regularly invited as speaker on a wide range of topics pertaining to IT law.

He has been included in both the Best Lawyers® in Canada listing and the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory since 2016, for Technology Law.

Education

Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), 2017

ISO/IEC  27001 Foundation, Certificate Information Security, 2012

COBIT Foundation, Certificat Gouvernance des technologies de l’information, 2011

LLB, Civil Law, Laval University, 2000

BA (Philosophy), Laval University,1997

Representative Work

Contractual advice – implementation of a software package  
Advised an insurer in negotiating licensing and professional services agreements in connection with the implementation of a software suite for its underwriting, administrative, billing, loss and claims management and customer management operations.

Arbitration – contractual dispute – information technology
Represented the supplier of a software solution in a commercial arbitration against a licensee involving the application of audit and financial compensation clauses in the licence agreement.

Litigation – intellectual property – mobile application 
Represented a corporation in connection with a lawsuit alleging infringement of the source code for a mobile app.

Compliance – protection of personal information – cloud-computing services
Advised a public entity in connection with the implementation of a procurement process for cloud-computing services and its contractual framework.

Compliance – protection of personal information – cloud-computing services
Advised an insurance company in connection with the contractual framework for the supply of cloud-computing services.

Compliance – protection of personal information
Advised a retailer in connection with the contractual framework for modifying its loyalty program and having its data processed by a cloud-computing services provider.

Litigation – intellectual property – architectural work
Represented an architect in connection with a lawsuit alleging infringement of a work of architecture.

Contractual advice – mobile applications
Drafted distribution contracts and the conditions of use for white-label mobile apps.

Contractual advice – software implementation
Assisted a public entity in connection with the negotiated settlement of a dispute regarding the implementation of software for managing mission-critical activities.

Contractual advice – procurement process
Advised a major financial institution in connection with a review of its procurement processes and contact documents.

Advising on a Contract – Assignment of Intellectual Property
Advised an insurance company regarding the conclusion of tripartite agreements for the assignment of equipment and intellectual property rights in connection with the development of a series of software applications designed to allow access to and secure transmission of health-care data.

Arbitration – Contractual Dispute – Information Technology
Represented a client in a commercial arbitration against its IT service provider in connection with the performance of an IT services outsourcing agreement.

Financial Restructuring    
Represented a manufacturing company that had to reorganize and restructure under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. This mandate entailed obtaining an initial order, drawing up a plan of arrangement and representing the company in court to settle various disputes with suppliers and creditors. 

Enforcing Security    
Represented a financial institution in enforcing its security on the assets of a transportation company, through an interim receiver in proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

Shareholder Dispute
Negotiated on behalf of minority shareholders to buy out the majority shareholder of a services firm.

Publications

Articles

Other Publications

Les premiers pas de la procédure technologique: regard technologique sur le nouveau Code de procédure civile (First steps in technology-related procedure: the new Code of Civil Procedure from a technology law perspective), in collaboration with Patrick Gingras, iLex electronica, Volume 212016

“La communication de renseignements personnels à l’extérieur du Québec : pour un voyage sans turbulence (art. 17 de la Loi sur le secteur privé)” (Sending personal information outside of Quebec: what you need to know for a smooth sail (s. 17 of the private-sector statute)), in Les 20 ans de la Loi sur la protection des renseignements personnels dans le secteur privé 2014, Éditions Yvon Blais

“L’infonuagique, la protection des renseignements personnels et les droits d’accès des gouvernements” (Cloud computing, the protection of personal information, and government access rights), in Bulletin Technologies de l’information – En bref, Yvon Blais, 2014

“La transmission des documents technologiques” (Transmitting technology-based documents), with Patrick Gingras, in Actes de la XXe conférence des juristes de l’État, Québec City, April 2013, p. 409

“Le cadre juridique des technologiques” (The Legal Framework for Information Technologies) in a Québec bar collection entitled Développements récents en droit criminel, Montréal, Éditions Yvon Blais, 2008

“Le Règlement consensuel en matière de réparation du préjudice corporel : le cas particulier de la transaction à paiements différés” (Consensual Settlements on Compensation for Bodily Injury: the Special Case of Deferred Payments), 42 cahiers de droit 91, 2001

Events

Langlois Knowledge

External Conferences

Others

2016 – “Regard technologique sur le nouveau Code de procédure civile” (The new Code of Civil Procedure from a technology-law perspective), at a symposium on the new Code of Civil Procedure organized by Laval University’s faculty of law.

2016 – “Les technologies à l’heure du nouveau code” (The technology-related aspects of the new Code of Civil Procedure), at a professional development event organised by the Quebec Bar’s technology integration committee, Quebec City .

2016 – Panel – “Le reboot du nouveau Code de procédure civile… le futur est maintenant” (The reboot of the new Code of Civil Procedure … the future is now), during the Leg@llT Legal Technology Conference, Montreal.

2016 – “Encadrement juridique de la cybersécurité” (The legal framework for cybersecurity), at the ISACA Quebec Cybersecurity Day, Quebec City.

2016 – “Protéger les renseignements personnels dans une solution infonuagiques” (The protection of personal information in connection with cloud-computing solutions), at a professional development conference organized by the Quebec association on access and protection of information (AAPI), Montreal and Quebec City.

2016 – “Le commerce électronique en assurance” (E-commerce in the insurance industry), at a meeting of the Legal Section of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association.

2016 – “Le cadre juridique de la sécurité de l’information” (The legal framework for information security), at a forum on information security organized by the magazine Les Affaires, Montreal.

2015 – Panel – “Assurance de dommages et cyberattaques : démystifiez la cyber-assurance afin d’éviter les mauvaises surprises” (Damage insurance and cyber-attacks: demystifying cyber-insurance in order to avoid nasty surprises), at a forum on cybersecurity organized by the magazine Les Affaires, Montreal.

2015 – “Les enjeux juridiques de la sécurité de l’information ou pourquoi les conseils d’administration et dirigeants  doivent s’intéresser à la cyber sécurité” (The legal issues involved in information security, or why directors and officers should pay attention to cybersecurity), during a symposium organized by the Quebec association for information security (ASIQ), Quebec City.

2014 – ”La communication de renseignements personnels à l’extérieur du Québec : pour un voyage sans turbulence”, Québec Bar seminar “Les 20 ans de la loi sur la protection des renseignements personnels dans le secteur privé”, December, Montréal

2014 – ”Les risques des médias sociaux”, conference day organized by ISACA-Québec, November, Quebec City

2014 – “Cloud Computing: Personal Information and Government Surveillance”, at the National Privacy & Data Governance Congress 2014, October, Calgary

2014 – ”L’infonuagique : risques et enjeux juridiques”, “Le droit et les technologies de l’information : entre l’adaptation et l’évolution” Seminar, September-October, Montréal and Quebec City

2014 – “Le cadre juridiques des TI – Les opportunités d’un monde sans papier” (The Legal Framework for IT – the opportunities of a paperless world), Québec Bar continuing legal education symposium, February-March, Quebec City and Montréal

2014 – “Réseaux sociaux, diffamation et vie privée : Internet n’offre aucune immunité” (Social Networks, Defamation and Privacy: the Internet Provides No Immunity), presented to the Institute of Internal Auditors – Montréal Chapter, February, Montréal

2014 – “Cadre juridique de la gestion électronique des documents des architectes” (The Legal Framework for Managing Electronic Documents of Architects), at a training session for the Ordre des architectes du Québec, February, Montréal

2013 – “Les droits d’accès des autorités gouvernementales” (Rights of access of government authorities), during a conference on cloud-computing law organized by Federated Press, November, Montréal

2013 – “Revue de jurisprudence québécoise en matière de technologies de l’information” (Review of Information-Technology Case Law in Québec), at the annual convention of the Canadian IT Law Association, October, Toronto

2013 – “La révolution numérique et la pratique du droit” (The Digital Revolution and the Practice of Law), at the annual convention of the association of Québec’s non-metropolitan lawyers, September, Trois-Rivières

2013 – “Cadre juridique de la gestion électronique des documents architectes” (The Legal Framework for Managing Electronic Documents of Architects), at the annual convention of the Ordre des architects du Québec, June, Québec City

2013 – “Internet : preuve et procédure” (The Internet: Evidence and Procedure), for the Québec Bar, May, Quebec City

2013 – “Les risques liés aux technologies de l’information et les obligations de dénonciation de risques” (The Risks Associated with Information Technology and your Obligations to Disclose them), presented to the Institute of Internal Auditors – Montréal Chapter, April, Montréal

2013 – “La Loi anti-pourriel” (The Anti-Spam Law), for the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, April, Quebec City

2013 – “Le cadre juridique de la gestion documentaire” (The Legal Framework for Document Management), for the Association des archivistes du Québec, April, Quebec City

2013 – “Droit des technologies de l’information” (Information Technology Law), during the 20th annual convention of the Québec association of public-sector jurists, April, Montréal

2013 – “Infonuagique : confiez vos informations, et honorez vos obligations” (Cloud Computing: Confide your Information and Honour your Obligations), during the annual convention of the Québec association for access to and protection of information, April, Québec City

2013 – “Government Access to Data in the Cloud”, at a conference organized by the LEXING network, February, San Francisco, CA

2013 – “Gestion et la sécurité de l’information publique” (Managing and Securing Public Information), during the Web-com Québec – Governance and Society Forum, February, Quebec City

2012 – “Cybercriminalité et gestion de la preuve électronique” (Cybercrime and E-Discovery), Entretiens Jacques-Cartier Symposium, November, Lyon, France

2012 – “La loi anti-pourriel” (The Anti-Spam Act), Symposium of the Compliance and Governance, Section of the Canadian Bar Association – Québec Division, October, Montréal

2012 – “Le cadre juridique de la gestion documentaire” (Legal Framework of Document Management), Réseau METIQ – Action TI, October, Quebec City

2012 – “Impact of Social Media on the Business of the Courts”, at the Canadian Forum on Court Technology, October, Montréal

2012 – “Regulating Cookies in Canada”, at the LEXING Digital Law conference, September, Barcelona, Spain

2012 – “Social Media in the Courtroom”, at the Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Legal Conference, August, Vancouver

2012 – “L’écrit et les actes juridiques aux confins de la technologie” (Documents in Writing, and Legal Instruments on the Digital Frontier”, Québec Bar, June, Quebec City

2012 – Roundtable marking the 10 years of the enactment of the Québec Information Technology Legal Framework Act and the Launch of the Web-Based Platform LCCJTI.CA, May, Montréal

2012 – “L’administration de la preuve électronique” (E-Discovery)”, CCH Information Technology Law Conference, April, Québec

2012 – “Ethical Obligations of In-House Counsel in a Technological World”, The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Conference (CCCA), March, Montréal

2012 – “Internet : preuve et procédure” (The Internet: Evidence and Procedure), Québec City Bar, February, Quebec City

2011 – “L’implantation d’un système de gestion électronique des documents : lorsque le juridique et l’informatique cohabitent” (Installation of an Electronic Document Management System: Law and IT at Close Quarters”, presentation at a mini-symposium organized by the Regulatory Compliance and Ethics section of the Canadian Bar Association – Québec Branch

2011 – “De la recevabilité en preuve des documents électroniques” (The Admissibility of Electronic Documents as Evidence), presentation to Québec Superior Court judges, Mont-Tremblant

2011 – “La création et la gestion d’un cabinet d’avocat individualisé” (Creating and Managing an Individualized Legal Practice), Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Legal Conference and Expo, Halifax

2011 – “Le cadre juridique des technologies de l’information” (The Legal Framework of Information Technology), to a continuing legal education conference of the Québec Bar, Quebec City

2011 – “Preuve électronique (e-discovery) : l’identification, la préservation, l’analyse et la production des documents électroniques” (E-Discovery: Identification, Preservation, Analysis and Production of Electronic Documents), to a Canadian Institute conference entitled “Enquêtes internes”, Montréal

2010 – “Risques liés aux technologies de l’information : une question de sécurité et bonne gouvernance pour se conformer aux diverses exigences” (Risks Associated with Information Technology: Compliance with the Various Requirements is a Matter of Security and Good Governance), Canadian Institute conference on best practices for regulatory compliance in the financial services industry, Montréal

2010 – “Démystifier l’aspect légal de la conservation et de l’archivage des documents électroniques en maximisant votre compréhension de la Loi sur le cadre juridique des technologies de l’information (Demystifying the Legal Aspects of Archiving and Storing Electronic Documents While Maximizing your Understanding of the Act to Establish a Legal Framework for Information Technology), Canadian Institute conference on managing information technology in the public sector, Montréal

2010 – “La signature électronique : objectifs, technologie et critères de validité” (Electronic Signatures: Objectives, Technology and Validity Criteria), Canadian Institute conference on managing information technology in the public sector, Montréal

2010 – “Le procès sans papier – objection à la preuve sur support papier” (Paperless Trials – Objecting to Documentary Evidence on Paper” to the annual meeting of the Lanaudière regional Bar

2010 – “Le cabinet sans papier” (The Paperless Office), with D. Jaar, to the Leg@lIT4.0 conference, Montréal

2010 – “Les outils de collaboration” (Collaborative Tools), with O. Fisher, to the Leg@lIT4.0 conference, Montréal

2009 – “Le point de vue du justiciable sur l’utilisation des technologies par les juges administratifs” (The Use of Technology by Administrative Judges, from the Litigant’s Point of View), at the Symposium of Québec Administrative Judges in Boucherville, Québec

2009 – “Mock E-Discovery Session – Key Steps and Processes”, at an Insight Conference on E-Discovery and E-Documents,  Halifax

2009 – “L’obligation de préservation de la preuve en droit québécois et canadien” (The Obligation to Preserve Evidence Under Québec and Canadian Law), at a Federated Press conference in Montréal

2009 – “La signature électronique” (Electronic Signatures), at a Canadian Institute conference on electronic information in the public and para-public sectors in Montréal

2009 – “Le cadre juridique des technologies de l’information” (The Legal Framework for Information Technologies), at the annual convention of the Québec Bar, Montréal

2009 – “Hit the Road with your Law Practice” at the Leg@lIT3.0 conference in Montréal

2009 – “Un procès sans papier” (The Paperless Trial), at the Leg@lIT 3.0 conference, Montréal

2009 – “Records Management Policies and Systems: Back to the Drawing Board”, at the American Bar Association’s Techshow in Chicago

2009 – “Document Generation: Still the Backbone of Every Practice”, at the American Bar Association’s Techshow, Chicago

2009 – “Le cadre juridique des technologies de l’information” (The Legal Framework for Information Technologies), to the judges of the Court of Québec, Brossard, Québec

2008 – “La gestion stratégique et l’administration pratique de documents électroniques” (Strategic Management and Practical Administration of Electronic Documents), at a Canadian Institute conference in Montréal

2008 – “L’obligation de préservation de la preuve en droit québécois et canadien” (The Obligation to Preserve Evidence Under Québec and Canadian Law), at an Insight Conference in Montréal

2008 – “The Roadmap of a Record Retention Policy Implementation”, presented at the annual ARMA Canada conference, Fredericton

2008 – “Le cadre juridique des technologies de l’information” (The Legal Framework for Information Technology), presented to the Superior Court justices of the Montréal Divisional Assembly, Montebello

2008 – “L’archivage des documents électroniques – les obligations légales” (Archiving Electronic Documents – Legal Obligations), Montréal

2007 – “Les litiges inter-juridictionnels et la gestion des documents électroniques” (Interjurisdictional Litigation and Managing Electronic Documents), presented at the Canadian Institute conference on Strategically Managing and Practically Administering Electronic Documents, Montréal

2007 – ”La gestion stratégique et l’administration pratique de documents électroniques” (Strategically Managing and Practically Administering Electronic Documents), Montréal

2007 – “L’élaboration et l’implantation d’une politique de conservation et de gestion documentaire” (Developing and Implementing a Document Conservation and Management Policy), presented at the Insight E-discovery Legal Information conference, Montréal

Professional Associations

Since 2011 – Member of the Board of Directors of Langlois Kronström Desjardins

2010 – Chair, National Law Practice Management and Technology Section of the Canadian Bar Association

2010 – Member of the management committee, Sedona Canada Working Group 7

Since 2008 – Executive Committee of the Media, Information and Intellectual Property section of the Canadian Bar Association – Québec chapter

Since 2008 – Fédération de l’informatique du Québec (Québec Information Technology Federation) 

Since 2007 – Sedona Canada – WG7

2005-2009 – Constitutional Law Association (Québec) 

2000-2006 – Forces Avenir Inc. (leadership program for young people)

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