Jean Grégoire

Key practice areas
Maritime Law, Transportation Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Québec Bar 1982

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 also represents 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, environmental, administrative, regulatory and commercial law, as well as in civil and contractual liability matters.

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 Québec and federal courts, and before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Marine liability

Acts for several clients in liability litigation, including before the federal courts and the Superior Court of Québec.

Litigation on contracts of sale and conversion of ships and litigation for ship equipment failures

Acted for a Canadian ship owner in a complex arbitration following the late delivery of a ship after its conversion for a specific trade. Acted and continues to act for ship owners in claims for defective parts, ill-functioning complex equipment and repair services.

Action for latent defects

Acted for an energy company in litigation pertaining to latent defects and manufacturing defects in complex machinery.

Contracts of carriage

Advises several Canadian companies in matters involving contracts of carriage.

  • Chambers Canada – Transportation: Shipping, 2020-2024
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – Shipping & Maritime Law, 2013-2023
  • Best Lawyers in Canada:
    • Maritime Law, 2012-2024
    • Transportation Law, 2016-2024
    • Lawyer of the Year, Transportation Law and Maritime Law, 2021
  • St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES), Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors, since 2000
  • Steering Committee for the Initiative of coordination of the maritime industry in the Port of Québec City, Founding Member, 1993-1996
  • Québec Marine Group Inc.:
    • Chairman, 1992-1996
    • Member, since 1984
  • Canadian Maritime Law Association, Member, since 1984
  • Musée maritime Bernier
    • Chairman, 1994-1996
    • Member of the Board, 1991-1994
    • Member, since 1991
  • Speaker: Accidents At Sea – Action for Collision, Rule 498 of the Federal Courts Rules and the Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, as part of the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal seminar 2014, National Judicial Institute, 2014.
  • Co-speaker: Conference in collaboration with SODES, Langlois Knowledge, Montréal, March 13, 2014.
  • Speaker: La responsabilité du pilote [Pilots’ Liability], as part of the annual meeting of the Corporation des pilotes du Saint-Laurent central, April 10, 2012.
  • Speaker: Professional Liability of Pilots in Canada, as part of the Canadian Marine Pilot’s Association Congress, 2011.
  • Speaker: TERMPOL and LNG Terminal – How to Pass the TERMPOL Review Process, as part of a presentation to the oil and gas industries, 2011.
  • Speaker: Responsabilité et opérations maritimes [Marine Liability and Operations], as part of the annual meeting of a major Canadian shipowner, 2010.
  • Speaker: Transport maritime [Marine Transportation], as part of a 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, 2010.
  • Speaker: La responsabilité du pilote [Pilots’ Liability], as part of the 48th annual meeting of the Corporation des pilotes du Bas Saint-Laurent, 2008.
  • Speaker: General Average and Assistance, a presentation to clients in the marine industry, 2008.
  • Speaker: Marine Transportation, charter-parties, contracts of affreightment, bills of lading, and Hague-Visby Rules, a presentation to clients in the marine industry, 2008.
  • Speaker: Pending legislation, as part of the CMLA Admiralty Law Seminar with Federal Courts Judges, 1997.

Leading Professional Service Firms, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, 2004

Maritime Law II, McGill University, 1986

Certificate of Competency as Watchkeeping Mate, Transport Canada (Deck Officer), 1984

LL.L., University of Ottawa, 1980