Lawyer, Partner - Montréal
Vikki is a partner in the Montréal office of Langlois lawyers. She specializes in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She has advised and represented clients in a range of matters, including in connection with construction and insurance law, contractual, civil, professional and environmental liability, and class actions.
Vikki has acted as counsel before the Court of Québec, the Quebec Superior Court and Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before arbitration tribunals and mediators in cases involving insurance coverage, construction claims, contract enforcement, injunctive relief, confidentiality measures, engineers’ liability, class action authorization and the enforcement and annulment of arbitration agreements and awards.
She carries on her practice in both English and French.
B.C.L. and LL.B., McGill University (with distinction), 1998
Areas of Practice
- Class Actions
- Commercial Litigation
- Construction Insurance
- Construction Law
- Construction Litigation
- Directors & Officers Liability
- Disciplinary and Professional Law
- Drafting and Interpretation of Insurance Policies
- General Liability
- Insurance Litigation
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Professional Liability
- Property Insurance
Advising and representing an engineering firm in disputes arising in the course of various civil infrastructure construction projects, including with respect to tender process.
Advising and representing owners with respect to claims for cost overruns on high-rise construction project.
Advising and representing a general contractor in an infrastructure project contract dispute in Northern Canada.
Defending an excess insurer against multiple coverage claims stemming from alleged professional liability of its insured for latent defects in respect of multiple properties.
Advised and represented general contractor in context of a construction lien action in Ontario.
Successfully defended insurers against preliminary motions to compel defence of insureds.
Successfully obtained orders compelling parties to submit disputes to arbitration.
Successfully defended an engineer against a structural defect claim.
Regularly advising and defending insurers on coverage issues, including with respect to D&O policies, Property policies, CGL policies, Wrap-Up and Professional liability coverages.
Member of the team which successfully obtained the recognition of the implied undertaking of confidentiality rule with respect to discoveries in Quebec (Lac d’Amiante du Québec Ltée v. 2858-0702 Québec Inc., 2001 SCC 51 (CanLII))
Member of the team which successfully obtained the recognition and enforcement of a interim international arbitral award in Holding Tusculum, b.v. v. Louis Dreyfus, s.a.s. (SA Louis Dreyfus & Cie), 2008 QCCS 5904 (CanLII) and the annulment of a final arbitral award in Louis Dreyfus, s.a.s. (SA Louis Dreyfus & Cie) v. Holding Tusculum, b.v., 2008 QCCS 5903)
Regularly advising and defending professionals, including home inspectors and engineers, with respect to allegations of liability.
Representing clients against various personal injury claims in Quebec and Ontario.
2019 – Panellist, “L’Art du contre-interrogatoire – Préparation au contre-interrogatoire & sujets avancés” (The Art of Cross-Examination – Cross-Examination Preparation and Advanced Topics) presentation for the Advocates’ Society, April 12, 2019.
2019 – Speaker, “L’hypothèque légale de la construction au Québec et en Ontario : comment la substituer?” (The legal construction hypothec in Quebec and Ontario: how to substitute one for the other?), joint presentation with Marie-Claude Carrier and Stéphanie Fortier-Dumais, to the annual convention of the Quebec General Contractors Association (CEGQ), February 20 to 22, 2019.
2019 – Speaker, “Limitation of Liability Clauses in Quebec : Safe Harbour or False Hope?” for the Canadian Bar Association, February 28, 2019
2009 – Speaker, “Le déroulement de l’arbitrage : quelques principes fondamentaux” (The Conduct of an Arbitration: Some Fundamental Principles), Les Éditions Yvon Blais
2007 – Speaker, “Recueillir de la preuve à l’étranger – Lettres rogatoires reçues au Québec et commissions rogatoires à l’étranger” (Gathering evidence abroad – Letters rogatory received in Quebec and rogatory commissions abroad), Canadian Bar Association
2007 – Speaker, “Les ordonnances de confidentialité de type consultation réservée aux avocats” (Attorneys’ Eyes Only Confidentiality Orders), Canadian Bar Association
Since 2019 – Member of the Ethics and professionalism of lawyers Committee of the Bar of Montreal
2018-2019 – Member of the Comité Révision des plaintes (Complaint Revision Committee) of the Quebec Bar
2018-2019 – Lecturer on International Arbitration, Quebec Bar School
2018 – Lecturer on Liability, Quebec Bar School
Since 2019 – International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Canada, member of the Panel of Arbitrators
Since 2018 – Certified by the Quebec Ministry of Justice as a mediator in small claims court proceedings
Since 2018 – Member of PLUS (Professional Liability Underwriting Society)
Since 2018 – Certified mediator, Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ)
Since 2017 – Member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Supreme Court of Canada Liaison Subcommittee
Since 2007 – Member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Research and Knowledge management executive (Quebec Branch)