Paul-Arthur Gendreau

Senior Counsel
Key practice areas
Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Public and Administrative Law, Class Actions
Québec Bar 1964

After more than 24 years as a judge of the Québec Court of Appeal, the Honourable Paul-Arthur Gendreau joined the firm's litigation group in 2010 as legal counsel.

He started his career in Rimouski before moving to Québec City a few years later. Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal in 1986, he had an extensive and active legal practice in all jurisdictions, including arbitration. In the 1970s, he acted as counsel for the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Union Freedom in the Construction Industry (Cliche Commission). From 1980 to 1982, he served as Québec’s Associate Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General responsible for civil and penal affairs. At the end of this mandate, he returned to private practice in Montréal and Québec City.

Today, he presides over commercial arbitrations. Lawyers from the firm and from other firms regularly seek his assistance and advice, especially in administrative, constitutional, civil and commercial law matters.

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – Litigation – Corporate Commercial, 2018-2022
  • Best Lawyers in Canada:
    • Administrative and Public Law, 2020-2024
    • Lawyer of the Year, Administrative and Public Law, 2022
  • Throughout the years, Paul-Arthur has been involved in several committees of the Québec Bar, most notably as a member of its Administrative Committee in 1979 and 1980. He also held the prestigious role of Bâtonnier of the Bas-Saint-Laurent in 1979 and 1980.

LL.L., Université Laval, 1963

B.A., Université Laval, 1960

London School of Economics and Political Science (Commonwealth Scholar), 1964-1965