Lawyer, Partner - Montréal
Danielle Ferron, Ad. E., is a senior litigation partner at the Montréal office of Langlois Lawyers.
Danielle has been working in civil and commercial litigation for over 25 years. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation files, fraud, anti-piracy, cybercrime, banking litigation, class actions, intellectual property matters, injunctions, seizures and other urgent and extraordinary remedies, such as Anton Piller orders (civil search), Mareva injunctions (asset freezing) and Norwich orders. She assists clients in crisis management following cybersecurity incidents (breach coach), but also upstream as a legal advisor to prepare for potential crisis management. She is also 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.
She is a coauthor, together with Mathieu Piché-Messier and the Honourable Lawrence A. Poitras former Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Quebec, of a book published in 2009 on injunctions and other extraordinary remedies entitled L’injonction et les ordonnances Anton Piller, Mareva et Norwich. Furthermore, for the Autumn 2018 and Winter 2019 sessions, she has been retained by the Continuing Education Faculty of the Université de Montréal, to teach the class on “The law of Civil Investigation” given in the context of a new program named “Certificat en enquête et renseignement”.
Amongst her various distinctions, such as Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, Benchmark Canada and The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, in 2014, she was selected by the prestigious association International Women Forum (IWF) as one of the 35 “2014-2015 fellows” worldwide of its Leadership Foundation. Furthermore, in 2018, she has been named a Fellow of the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a trial lawyer honorary society whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of North American lawyers, judges and scholars, selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.
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. For instance, Danielle presently 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. She was also a member of the board of Langlois Lawyers, for two terms of three years, including as co-Chair of the board and as member of its executive committee.
Certificate from the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGOPP) and Women in Governance – Current issues and challenges for corporate governance that adds value, 2021
Collège des administrateurs de sociétés – Company Directors: Knowing how to avoid and detect risks linked to malicious acts, 2020
Certificate from the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGOPP) and Women in Governance – The essential issues in corporate governance, 2018
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, Université de Montréal, 1992
Rankings & Recognitions
- Chambers Canada 2023
- The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023
- Benchmark Litigation Top 100 Women in Litigation 2022, Canada
- Benchmark Litigation Canada 2022
- Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2022
- The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022
- Benchmark Litigation Canada 2021
- Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2021
- The Best Lawyers in Canada 2021
- Benchmark Litigation Canada 2020
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2020
- The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2019
- Benchmark Litigation Canada 2019
- The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
- Fellow in the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society of the Litigation Counsel of America 2018
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2018
- Benchmark Canada 2018
- The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2017
- Benchmark Canada 2017
- The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
- Advocatus Emeritus 2016
- Benchmark Canada 2016
- The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
- Benchmark Canada 2015
- The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
- One of Quebec’s Eight Key Female Financial Players 2014, Premières en affaires
- Benchmark Canada 2014
- The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
- Lexpert Zenith Award 2013
Legal Influencer for Corporate – Canada, Lexology Content Marketing Awards 2019
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
Areas of Practice
- Banking Litigation
- Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring
- Class Actions
- Commercial Litigation
- Corporate Governance / Directors & Officers
- Financial Institution Regulation
- Financial Institutions and Financial Services Law
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Real Estate Litigation
- Regulatory Investigations
- Technology Litigation
Langlois Represents American Clients in Contempt-of-Court Proceedings in Hamilton Ontario
The services of Langlois Lawyers were retained by Dish Network LLC and NagraStar LLC, two American telecommunications corporations, to intervene in a satellite-piracy lawsuit in Ontario.
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.
Participated, as a speaker, at the Divisional Assembly of Judges of the Superior Court of Quebec on Anton Piller orders.
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.
She is involved in upstream work, advising clients in the implementation of their crisis management plan, as well as at the time of a cyber incident.
She has developed special expertise in injunctive relief, seizures and other urgent and extraordinary remedies.
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.
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.
She advises corporate directors on their duties and obligations, and boards of directors on good governance practices.
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.
- 2021 – White paper: Should the Quebec government consider the social enterprise model in order to achieve a renewed capitalism?
- 2020 – Governance: ethical awareness and leadership are essential elements in the post-crisis period
- 2020 – Post-COVID-19: Directors face a new set of risks in the 21st century
- 2020 – The Quebec Court of Appeal recognizes the right to publish a Mareva injunction
- 2020 – The role of the board of directors in the context of COVID-19: how should corporate directors act?
- 2020 – 2020-2021 Quebec government budget: measures to promote corporate governance practices in favour of the green economy
- 2019 – Conflicts of Interest and Confidentiality: Directors Beware!
- 2018 – Compliance Programs: A Guardrail to Keep You on the Path of Good Governance
- 2018 – Governance in the Era of the #Metoo Movement: an Overdue Wake-up Call
- 2018 – Norwich Orders and the Notice and Notice Regime: The SCC Splits the Bill for Compliance Costs Between Copyright Owners and ISPs
- 2018 – Cybersecurity Is Also a Question of Governance
- 2018 – Directors’ Liability: Get the Means to Defend Yourself!
- 2018 – Statutory Liabilities of Directors: Marking the Risk Areas to Avoid Sliding out of Control
- 2018 – Beyond the Duties of Care and Loyalty … the Civil Liability of Directors
- 2018 – Duties and Obligations of Directors: a Brief Overview
- 2018 – An Attempted Fraud Thwarted by Langlois Lawyers’ Cyber-Security and Business Law Team
- 2018 – FRAUD AND CYBER-SECURITY – Cyber-Security for Organizations
- 2018 – Copyright and Piracy: the Immunity of Website Operators?
- 2018 – New Developments in the Matter of Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc.
- 2017 – Cheque Fraud: In 5-4 Split, the SCC Upholds and Refines Existing Defences to Conversion Claims Under the Bills of Exchange Act
- 2017 – Is the Amount of Fees Billed by a Lawyer Protected by Lawyer-Client Privilege? The Latest Twist in the Kalogerakis Case
- 2017 – Injunction With Extraterritorial Effect Against a Non-Party: the Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc. Decision
- 2017 – Third Parties’ Role in Enforcing Injunctions: John and Jane Doe, Beware!
- 2016 – Cheque Yourself: Who Bears the Risk of Employee Fraud?
- 2016 – Business E-Mail Compromise: Cyber-Crime Hits New Heights
- 2015 – The Charbonneau Commission – Preserving Confidentiality or Defending Oneself: Why Have to Choose?
- 2015 – Best Practices of Solicitor-Client Privilege in Business Enterprises and Email Communications
- 2015 – The Solicitor-Client Privilege and the Duty of Loyalty Are Confirmed Once Again by the Supreme Court of Canada
- 2014 – The Solicitor-Client Privilege Regarding Legal Fees: the Decision in Kalogerakis v. Commission scolaire des Patriotes
- 2013 – Negotiating and Drafting Commercial Contracts in Québec – the Pre-Contractual Obligation to Act and Negotiate in Good Faith
- 2012 – Secrecy of Lawyer-Client Communications: a Fundamental Right
- 2012 – Commercial Fraud
2022 – “L’après d’une cyberattaque : l’enjeu des communications” [“After a cyber-attack: the communications challenge”], interviewed for an article by Philippe-Jean Poirier, Les Affaires, October 12, 2022.
2020 – “Governance: a pathway to recovery”, Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine, co-authored with Christiane Brizard and Guillaume François Larouche, November 2020.
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
- 2021 – What extraordinary recourse is available in case of fraud?
- 2017 – Employment Law, Former Employee’s Obligation of Loyalty, and Protection of Business Secrets
- 2016 – Employment Law, Former Employee’s Obligation of Loyalty, and Protection of Business Secrets
- 2016 – Symposium on Civil litigation – insurance and cyber-risks
- 2015 – Forensic Cybersecurity: Think about your business
- 2014 – Theft or Fraud by an Employee: Management Rights and Legal Action
- 2022 – 2022 ACFI Annual Fraud Conference
- 2021 – Langlois joins three Québec Bar conferences this fall
2022 – “What is your key to achieving wellness and career success?”, panelist in a webinar organized by the Career 4.0 committee of the Association of Québec Women in Finance, October 27, 2022.
2019 – “Directors’ duties and obligations”, for the members of the board of directors of a client of Langlois Lawyers
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 – Panellist 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)
Since 2021 – Governance Secretary of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
Since 2020 – Guest lecturer, “The law of Civil Investigation”, a course given within a new program entitled “Certificat en enquête et renseignement”, Continuing Education Faculty of the Université de Montréal
2018 to 2020 – Lecturer, “The law of Civil Investigation” given in the context a new program entitled “Certificat en enquête et renseignement”, Continuing Education Faculty of the Université de Montréal
2020 to 2022 – President, Programming and Member Relations, International Women’s Forum (IWF) Canada-Montréal
2018 – Fellow in the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society of the Litigation Counsel of America
Since 2018 – Member of the International Women’s Forum (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)