Danielle Ferron

Lawyer, Partner - Montréal

Québec Bar 1993
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Danielle Ferron, Ad. E., is a senior litigation partner at the Montréal office of Langlois lawyers. She is also the co-Chair of the board of directors and a member of the executive committee of the firm.

Danielle has been working in civil and commercial litigation for over 25 years. She has wide-ranging experience in a variety of matters in this area, including complex commercial and banking disputes, class actions, fraud, cybercrimes, piracy and other intellectual property matters, and injunctions, seizures and other urgent and extraordinary remedies, such as Anton Piller orders (civil search), Mareva injunctions (asset freezing) and Norwich orders. She is also regularly called upon to act as an independent supervising lawyer for Anton Piller Order cases as well as amicus curiae, among other reasons for the purpose of protecting documents covered under professional privilege and seized in the context of civil, penal or criminal cases. She has also expertise in insolvency and restructuring, insurance law and technology law.

Danielle is a co-author, together with Mathieu Piché-Messier and the Honourable Lawrence A. Poitras, former Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Québec, of the legal treatise entitled “L’injonction et les ordonnances Anton Piller, Mareva et Norwich”, published in 2009. 

In 2014, she was selected by the prestigious association International Women Forum (IWF) as one of the 35 “2014-2015 fellows” of its Leadership Foundation.

In addition, her professional career path and experience as member of various boards of directors and governance committees have led to her becoming a trusted advisor on governance and dispute prevention, particularly in matters of cyber-security. In addition to being co-chair of the board of directors of Langlois lawyers and a member of its executive committee, Danielle also sits on the board of La Financière agricole du Québec and its governance, ethics, and human and information resources committee. She is also a member of the board of directors and corporate secretary of the Fondation Marie-Vincent, and sits on its governance committee. Previously Danielle served for ten years on the board of directors of the Association of Quebec Women in Finance, and for several of those years was vice-chair of its executive committee.

Education

Certificate of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGOPP) and Women in Governance, 2018 – The essential issues in corporate governance

Harvard Business School Executive Education – IWF Leadership Foundation Fellows Program, Business Leadership 2015

INSEAD The Business School of the World – IWF – Women Leading Global Change Program, 2015

LL.B., Civil Law, University of Montréal, 1992

Rankings & Recognitions

Leadership Foundation’s 2014-2015, International Fellows Class of the International Women Forum (IWF)

The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2013 – Corporate and Commercial Litigation

“Women of Influence” (recognized as one of 300 Canadian Diversity Champions), 2012

“Recognition” award from the Association of Québec Women in Finance (AFFQ), 2012

Listed among the top 100 women leaders in Québec by Entreprendre magazine, 2006

Representative Work

Anton Piller-type orders
Danielle has designed and executed anti-piracy enforcement strategies, including Anton Piller orders, for satellite television providers.

She has also acted as officer of the court, specifically as Independent Supervising Solicitor, in connection with various Anton Piller orders, and has spoken on this topic to the Annual Divisional Assembly of the judges of the Superior Court of Québec.

Fraud
Danielle has served as counsel in numerous cases involving multi-million dollar fraud schemes.

She has extensive experience working with private investigators and police forces to track down and recover electronic data and missing assets.

Extraordinary remedies
She has developed special expertise in injunctive relief, seizures and other urgent and extraordinary remedies.

Amicus curiae
She acts as amicus curiae for the purpose of protecting documents covered under professional privilege and seized in the context of civil, penal or criminal cases.

Class actions
She has acted on behalf of financial institutions in class action files regarding the legality of certain practices and the terms of variable credit contracts under the Consumer Protection Act.

Other Representative Work
Danielle has pleaded before all levels of Quebec courts, and before various administrative tribunals. She has represented banks, high-tech enterprises, telecommunications companies, bankruptcy trustees, receivers and interim receivers, secured and ordinary creditors, insurance companies, businesses of all sizes, individuals, and parties involved in construction matters in connection with trials, seizures, injunctions, class actions, proposals, bankruptcies and realizing on security.

IMS Health completes C$3.5 million acquisition of Diversinet’s assets
Langlois lawyers represented IMS Health Incorporated subsidiaries in the acquisition of substantially of the assets of Diversinet Corp., a Canadian public company, pursuant to an asset purchase agreement. 

Publications

Articles

Other Publications

2015 – Chronique – Secret professionnel en entreprise et communications par courriel [Solicitor-Client Privilege Within Business Enterprises and Email Communications Involving In-House Counsel], Éditions Yvon Blais, une société Thomson Reuters, June 2015, EY2015REP1733

2010 – Outils contre la fraude commerciale et la piraterie industrielle : les recours à caractère hybride Anton Piller, Mareva et Norwich [Tools for fighting commercial fraud and industrial piracy: the hybrid remedies of Anton Piller, Mareva and Norwich injunctions], Point de mire (Canadian Bar Association quarterly)

2010 – Achats en ligne : vigilance requise [On-line purchasing – vigilance required], Premières en affaires business magazine

2009 – Prendre le fraudeur la main dans le sac [Catching fraudsters red-handed], Rebuilding Success 

2009 – Fraudeurs, gare à vous! Les injonctions au secours des victimes de fraude [Look out, fraudsters! Injunctions to the rescue of fraud victims], Premières en affaires

2009 – La gestion des matières résiduelles et l’environnement : un virage important pour le Québec [Environmentally sound management of waste material - a major change of course for Quebec], Premières en affaires

2009 – Les recours collectifs au Québec; une question de santé? [Class actions in Quebec - a health issue?], Premières en affaires, and LesAffaires.com

2008 – Faciliter l’accès à la justice : une mission pour les avocats [Facilitating access to justice - a mission for lawyers], Premières en affaires

2008 – La sécurité : une vocation [Safety - a vocation], Premières en affaires

2008 – L’art du recrutement dans les cabinets d’avocats [The art of recruiting in law firms], Premières en affaires

2007 -  La lutte au piratage : l’histoire d’un succès [Combating piracy – a success story], Premières en affaires (Winter 2007-2008)

2005 – L’Ordonnance Anton Piller : Nature, exécution, application particulière en matière de saisies de données informatiques, [Anton Piller orders - what they are and how they are executed, particularly in seizures of electronic data], Revue du Barreau du Québec

2005 – Les 10 moments clés pour avoir un bon avocat [The ten best times to have a lawyer], LesAffaires.com 

2004 – Les transferts électroniques de fonds et la fraude [Wire  transfers and fraud], LesAffaires.com

Events

Langlois Knowledge

Others

2018 – Overview of Special Proceedings: Anton Piller, Mareva, Norwich Orders, Division des fraudes financières du SPVM

2018 – Overview of Special Proceedings: Anton Piller, Mareva, Norwich Orders, Legal Department of a financial institution, client of Langlois Lawyers

2018 – Cyber-security, Association of Québec Women in Finance

2017 – Cyber-fraud, Legal Department of a client of Langlois Lawyers in the telecommunications field

2017 – Panelist at the Corporate State Toronto: A Women’s CEO and Senior Management Summit, on the topic of “Emotional Dislocation”

2016 – The Path of a lawyer practicing in the field of Finance, Speaker at LesInterprofessionnels – Finance and Law

2016 – Few possible recourses in case of serious breaches from an employee and/or in case of fraud, Langlois Knowledge

2016 – President fraud and possible recourses in case of cyber-fraud, Langlois Knowledge

2016 – International Cyberfraud, CAIRP Annual Conference, Montréal

2015 – Overview of Special Proceedings: Anton Piller Order, Mareva, Norwich, Wellington, The Canadian Bar Association, Québec Division

2015 – Moderator at the Luncheon organized by “Unies pour la SP” entitled “Être femmes d’affaires : la clé du succès!”, Montréal

2015 – Honorary co-chair and panel moderator at the 2015 Corporate State Québec: A Women’s CEO and Senior Management Summit, on the topic of “Future Casting”

2014 – “Vingt ans après le Rapport Wilson portant sur la condition des avocates au Canada, où en sommes-nous? Quelles sont les perspectives d’avenir?” (“Twenty years after the Wilson Report on the status of women lawyers in Canada, where do we stand? What are the future prospects?”), Women Lawyers Forum, CBA-Québec, Montréal

2014 – Moderator and panel host at a conference on issues facing women sitting on boards of directors entitled “Femmes aux conseils d’administration : constats et pistes de solution”, Women Lawyers Forum, CBA-Québec, Montréal

2014 – “Overcoming the challenges in seeking the appropriate balance between marketing, networking, clients’ needs and the requirements of your organization”, Women’s Leadership Forum for Lawyers, Canadian lnstitute, Montréal 

2014 – “Social networks, defamation and private life: Internet does not provide immunity”, lnstitute of Internal Auditors, Montréal Chapter 

2014 – Honorary co-chair and panel moderator at the Corporate State Summit Québec: A Women’s CEO and Senor Management Summit, on the topic of “Fab Labs (Or: How to make just about anything on your 3D printer)”

2013 – Panel speaker at the Corporate State Vancouver: A Women’s CEO and Senior Management Summit, on the topic of “Venting Renaissance”

2013 – Panel speaker at the Corporate State Toronto: A Women’s CEO and Senior Management Summit, on the topic of “Venting Renaissance”

2012 – Anton Piller, Mareva and Norwich Orders in Quebec, Langlois Kronström Desjardins

2012 – “Tools for fighting commercial fraud and industrial piracy: the hybrid remedies of Anton Piller, Mareva and Norwich injunctions”, Young Bar Association of Montreal.

2012 – Panel speaker at the Corporate State Toronto: A Women’s CEO and Senior Management Summit.

2012 – “Anton Piller Orders”, Electronic Training Program for Wilson & Lafleur.

2010 – “Tools for fighting commercial fraud and industrial piracy: the hybrid remedies of Anton Piller, Mareva and Norwich injunctions”, Canadian Bar Association: Business Law Section, Montréal, and Les Communicateurs du Vogue, Montréal

2010 – “Anton Piller orders”, Syndic du Barreau du Québec, Montréal

2009 – Recent developments re non-compete clauses: “Anton Piller orders: using this ‘nuclear weapon’ in non-compete situations”, Quebec Bar Association Congress, Montréal

2009 – “Fraud: prevention, detection and some legal tools to combat it”, monthly breakfast conference of the Association of Quebec Women in Finance, Montréal

2009 – “The duty of loyalty, non-compete obligations, and injunctions”, monthly breakfast conference of the labour law group of a national law firm, Montréal

2008 – “How to Conduct an Anton Piller Order: Search and Seizure”, Investigative and Forensic Accounting Alliance Conference, Niagara Falls

2008 – Recent developments re non-compete clauses: “Anton Piller orders: using this ‘nuclear weapon’ in non-compete situations”, Annual Conference of the Canadian Bar Association – Quebec Branch, Montréal

2008 – “Investigating and responding to employee fraud”, Accountants Study Group, Montréal

2007 – “Anton Piller orders – Recent developments, and advice and practical tips from experienced professionals”, Insight E-discovery Conference, Montreal

2007 – “Investigating and responding to employee fraud”, 13th Annual Conference of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Montréal

2007 – “Anton Piller orders: the ultimate civil procedure weapon”, Annual Conference of the Canadian Bar Association – Quebec Branch, Insurance and Civil Litigation section, Montréal

2006 – “Anton Piller Orders”, Annual Conference of the Investigative and Forensic Accounting Alliance, Toronto 

2006 – “Anton Piller Orders”, Quebec Bailiffs Association

2006 – “Anton Piller Orders”, Quebec Bar Association Congress

2006 – Speaker at the 6th Annual Symposium on Copyright

2005 – “Civil remedies, such as Anton Piller orders, for combating financial fraud”, monthly breakfast conference of the Association of Quebec Women in Finance

2005 – “Anton Piller orders and seizures before judgment, particularly of electronic data”, Divisional Assembly of the judges of the Superior Court of Québec, Bromont

Other speaking engagements: “Anton Piller orders, the nuclear weapon of civil procedure”, Annual Conference of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; “Shareholders’ Agreements and Litigation”, Congrès du Regroupement des jeunes gens d’affaires du Québec; (1) “Introduction to Bankruptcy and Insolvency”, and (2) “Anton Piller orders”, Canadian Association of Legal Assistants (CALA)

Professional Associations

Since 2018 – Member of the Canadian International Women Forum – Montréal (IWF-Canada-Montréal)

Since 2017 – Member of The Advocates’ Society

Since 2016 – Member of the board of directors and of the governance committee of La Financière agricole du Québec

Since 2014 – Member of the board of directors and of the governance committee of Fondation Marie-Vincent and member of the executive committee as Secretary since June 2015

Since 2002 – Member of the Association of Québec Women in Finance (AFFQ). She was a member of the board of directors from 2006 to 2016, vice president and a member of the executive committee from 2008 until May 2014. From 2014 to 2016 she was head of the special-events committee. She also served as interim president from September to November 2012.

Since 2011 – Member of the Executive Committee of the Women Lawyers Forum of the Canadian Bar Association, Québec Branch

Since 2011 - Member of the Justicia project of the Québec Bar, for the retention and advancement of women lawyers in private practice

Since 2004 – Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Montréal Section

Since 1996 – Pro bono counsel for the KidPower Foundation

Since 1993 – Member of The Canadian Bar Association 

2010 to 2011 – Member of the Establishment Committee of Plein Soleil elementary school

2009 to 2017 – Member of the WAMS (Women Against Multiple Sclerosis) Committee, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Québec Division and President of the Committee from June 2015 to June 2017

2009 to 2010 – Member of the Legal Fee Arbitration Committee of the Québec Bar

2007 to 2010 – Responsible for the collection of clothing for the Fringues & Cie Boutique of the Montréal YWCA

2007 to 2011 - Member of the Liaison Committee with the Superior Court, Commercial Chamber

2003 to 2010 – Chair (2009 to 2010), Vice Chair (2008 to 2010) and Member (2003 to 2010) of the Establishment Committee of Charles-Bruneau elementary school 

2002 to 2003 – Member of the Liaison Committee with the Superior Court, Commercial Chamber

1998 – Director of the Young Bar Association of Montréal (head of the Professional Development Committee)

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