Lawyer, Partner - Québec
Jean Grégoire serves clients involved in the marine sector. He is frequently retained by shipowners, operators, charterers, port authorities, terminal operators, stevedores and P&I Clubs. He regularly advises shippers and consignees in the mining and oil and gas industries on marine-related matters. He advises and represents his clients not only in marine and admiralty matters but also in other fields including penal law, environmental law, administrative and regulatory law and commercial law.
His maritime law practice encompasses litigation and commercial matters as well as regulatory issues related to the transportation industry. He acts as counsel to clients in marine casualty investigations and litigation, including charter-party disputes. From 1975 to 1983, Jean acquired invaluable experience for his maritime law practice by serving as a crew member onboard several commercial vessels including bulk carriers, self-unloaders and tanker vessels.
He has appeared before all levels of Quebec courts and Federal courts, and before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Graduate School of Business “Leading Professional Service Firms”, Harvard Business School, 2004
Maritime Law II, McGill University, 1986
Certificate of Competency as Watchkeeping Mate, Department of Transport (Deck Officer), 1984
Licence in Law, LLL, University of Ottawa, 1980
Rankings & Recognitions
- The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2019
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2018
- The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2018
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2017
- The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2017
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2016
- The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2016
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2015
- The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2015
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2014
- The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2014
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2013
Acted for several clients in liability cases.
Litigation on a contract of sale and conversion of ships
Acted for a Canadian shipowner in a complex arbitration following the late delivery of a ship after its conversion for a specific trade.
Action for latent defects
Acted for a corporation active in the energy industry in litigation pertaining to latent defects and manufacturing defects in complex machinery.
Contracts of carriage
Advisor to several Canadian companies in matters involving contracts of carriage.
2011 – “Professional Liability of Pilots in Canada”, Canadian Marine Pilot’s Association Congress
2011 – “TERMPOL and LNG Terminal – How to Pass the TERMPOL Review Process”, presentation to the oil and gas industries
2010 – “Responsabilité et opérations maritimes”, conference at the annual meeting of a major Canadian shipowner
2010 – “Transport maritime”, conference presented to the Secrétariat au transport maritime et à la mise en valeur du Saint-Laurent and to the Société des traversiers du Québec
2008 – “General Average and Assistance”, presentation to clients in the marine industry
2008 – “Marine Transportation, charter-parties, contracts of affreightment, bills of lading, and Hague-Visby Rules”, presentation to clients in the marine industry
1997 – “Pending legislation” at the CMLA Admiralty Law Seminar with Federal Courts Judges
Since 2000 – St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES) (Secretary and member of the Board)
1993-1996 – Steering Committee for the Initiative of coordination of the maritime industry in the Port of Quebec (founding member)
Since 1991 – Musée maritime Bernier (Member of the Board 1991-1994 and Chairman 1994-1996)
Since 1986 – Association of Maritime Arbitrators of Canada
Since 1984 – Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Metropolitan Quebec
Since 1984 – Québec Marine Group Inc. (President 1992-1996)
Since 1984 – Canadian Maritime Law Association (CMLA)
Since 1984 – Association of Average Adjusters of Canada
Since 1984 – Canadian Bar Association